Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings and Global Heatlh Security
Director / Head:
Professor Paul Arbon
Disaster Research Centre
Sturt Road, Bedford Park,
+61 8 82013972
+61 8 8276 1602
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- Carry out research on mass gatherings, emergencies, high visibility/high consequence events and health protection preparedness to inform WHO (and Member States/Organisers) in regards to planning, response, recovery activities, training programs and evidence based guidelines at national, regional and global levels.
- Develop scientific knowledge and provide operational, clinical, epidemiological and event management support on mass gatherings and global health security to WHO, including the planning and modelling of events, event management and on-site health services, special needs groups and technological innovations.
- To inform the work of WHO, its partners and mass gathering planners and service providers, Torrens Resilience Institute will assist capacity building by identifying best scientific evidence and shared experiences, provide suitable training opportunities and identify key publications, guidelines, tools and experts to support practice in mass gathering and global health security.
- Identify suitable evidence and develop consensus for an international database for mass gatherings to support research and decision making by WHO/CPI and its partners.
- Support Global Health Security activities and capacity building for mass gathering planning to aid countries gain IHR compliance and reduce global threat, especially in relation to the deliberate use of chemical, biological and radiological agents.
- Communicable diseases other than those specifically mentioned
- Health promotion & education
Types of activity:
- Providing technical advise to WHO
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
- Training and education
Ower: 1.8 - Regional and global capacity coordinated and made rapidly available to Member States for detection, verification, risk assessment and response to epidemics and other public health emergencies of international concern.
Ower: 1.6 - Support provided to Member States in order to achieve the minimum core capacities required by the International Health Regulations (2005) for the establishment and strengthening of alert and response systems for use in epidemics and other public health emergencies of international concern.
Ower: 6.1 - Advice and support provided to Member States to build their capacity for health promotion across all relevant programmes, and to establish effective multisectoral and multidisciplinary collaborations for promoting health and preventing or reducing major risk factors.
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+63 2 52 89944
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork