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The e-learning program has enabled more than 100 ANU and University of Canberra (UC) students to be upskilled in contact tracing.

22 June 2020

A contact tracing training program developed by ACT Health and the Australian National University (ANU) in response to COVID-19 has been adopted by international public health departments in Germany, Canada, the European Union and Mediterranean.

Developed in early 2020, the e-learning program has enabled more than 100 ANU and University of Canberra (UC) students to be upskilled in contact tracing and act as surge capacity for contact tracing teams in the ACT.

The training has since been used by international partners including the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, World Health Organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

“This partnership allowed us to quickly increase our public health response capacity and the international recognition is a demonstration of the strength of the training provided by the Research School of Population Health at ANU,” said Timothy Sloan-Gardner, team leader of ACT Health’s Communicable Disease Control.

Australian National University medical student, Ben Kinchington, was one of many students to benefit from the training.

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be able to help the ACT community and provide support to the people you’re informing, often for the first time, that they are a contact of a confirmed case,” he said.

Canberrans will continue to help educate contact tracers internationally as ANU’s field epidemiology training program is now collaborating with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s field epidemiology training program to further develop e-learning modules.

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