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Epi-watch is an observatory for outbreak scanning and rapid analysis developed at The Kirby Institute, UNSW. We provide more than a description of outbreaks. We analyse epidemic patterns, meet weekly and review current outbreaks in our team, and provide you with a summary of our critical analysis. Our team work daily on Epi-Watch and provide timely analyses. A new platform for Epiwatch will be released in 2020!

Our team at Epiwatch can produce Watching Briefs on request for Australian government stakeholders and operational stakeholders such as the ministries of health of Pacific countries and other relevant non-government organisations involved in epidemic response. Requests from academics, other universities and industry will not be accepted.  

In an exciting new development, we have linked Epiwatch with a new peer-reviewed journal, Global Biosecurity. Field Epidemiology trainees or other public health personnel may submit Watching Briefs to the journal for rapid publication. 

Epidemic or outbreak analysis is complex, and analysis is usually restricted to members of the responding team. However, other we believe in harnessing the collective critical thinking of the world - experts can add new or critical insights to any given outbreak, whether or not they are directly involved in the outbreak investigation. We believe in the power of collective critical thinking in solving complex epidemic problems. Trainees or alumni of Field Epidemiology Training Programs, as well as other personnel involved in outbreak response, can submit a Watching Brief on any global outbreak, using field data or using open source data if they are not directly involved in the specific outbreak, to Global Biosecurity. Watching briefs are intended to be a resource for public health and other first responders in the field, who may not have the time to review past outbreaks or disease details. 

If you have been following an outbreak and have new insights to add through a Watching Brief submission to Global Biosecurity, you can also request open source outbreak data from 2016 onward, from the Epiwatch database. To make a request, email epiwatch-ISER@unsw.edu.au and specify the disease or outbreak, start and end dates, and location (at a minimum, country).

Requests for Watching Briefs, resources and other information can be sent to ISER by sending the request by email epiwatch-ISER@unsw.edu.au

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 Epirisk – outbreak risk analysis tool

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COVID-19: curated research papers and resources

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Watching Briefs

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Infectious Diseases Blog

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