COVID-19: Navigating the pandemic

When COVID-19 emerged in early 2020, the Academy responded to the need for independent, expert advice to assist Australia in tackling the pandemic

We work with our Fellows to monitor and respond to the rapidly-evolving outbreak. AAHMS liaises with government, the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientist, and other key health organisations as they work to manage Australia’s response to the pandemic.

Our Fellows regularly convene to share expert advice, and engage with the public and guide conversations about COVID-19.

COVID-19 Expert Committee


Established in 2020, our COVID-19 Expert Committee brings together interdisciplinary expertise from the Academy’s Fellowship. The Committee provides an independent and authoritative voice as the pandemic progresses in Australia, and as we consider preparedness for future infectious disease challenges.

Rapid Research Information Forum

AAHMS worked as part of the Rapid Research Information Forum (RRIF), a group chaired by the Government’s Chief Scientist.

This expert forum provided a mechanism through which the government received scientific input and analysis of the latest evidence on pressing questions regarding COVID-19, as they emerged.

This included contributions to 13 responses between April and November 2020 as part of this forum.

Find out more about the work AAHMS contributed to the forum on our RRIF page.

Recent work of the Committee

The committee has been active throughout the pandemic.

Recent highlights include:

A summary of the Academy’s COVID-19 work in 2020-2021 is available at the AAHMS COVID-19 Information Hub. 

Expert Committee members

AAHMS contact: Catherine Luckin, CEO, [email protected]

Learn more today

If you would like to learn more about our past, current and active policy work, please contact AAHMS CEO Catherine Luckin.  

To contribute to our healthcare policy projects, involvement and endeavours, please consider making a donation to the AAHMS.

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