AUSCMI
THE AUSTRALIAN COVID-19 MODELLING INITIATIVE
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DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
COVID-19 collaborative modelling for policy response in the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam
This work describes an approach to support evidence-based public health decisions and policy, which may help inform other responses to similar outbreak events.
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CENTRE FOR COMPLEX SYSTEMS & SYDNEY INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Persistence of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 in Australia: The impact of fluctuating social distancing
The nonlinear dynamics observed in the daily incidence and disease burden were determined not only by introduction of sub-lineages of Omicron, but also by the fluctuating adoption of social distancing measures
CENTRE FOR COMPLEX SYSTEMS & SYDNEY INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES
A general framework for optimising cost-effectiveness of pandemic response under partial intervention measures
The approach utilises an agent-based model simulating pandemic responses in Australia, and accounts for a heterogeneous population with variable levels of compliance fluctuating over time and across individuals
POPULATION INTERVENTIONS UNIT
A framework for considering the utility of models when facing tough decisions in public health: a guideline for policy-makers
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the combined disciplines of public health, infectious disease and policy modelling squarely into the spotlight
POPULATION INTERVENTIONS UNIT
An integrated epidemiologic and economic model to assess optimal COVID-19 pandemic policy
Identifying optimal COVID-19 policies is challenging. Therefore, COVID-19-related policy decisions must be made in the context of substantial uncertainty, a significant challenge for policy makers. In this complex environment it is increasingly important that the benefits and drawbacks of interventions are rigorously and systematically compared – including from a cost effectiveness perspective
POPULATION INTERVENTIONS UNIT
A log-odds system for waning and boosting of COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness
Waning of immunity following COVID-19 vaccination presents a challenge when attempting to model likely population impacts of COVID-19 policy options
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE & SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
SARS-CoV-2 Omicron disease burden in Australia following border reopening: a modelling analysis
New modelling shows reopening the Western Australian border prior to June 2022 is required to minimise peak daily and total health burdens
In the media
The Biarri Applied Mathematics Conference: Modelling tipping points and amplification effects of the COVID-19 pandemic response - Prof. Mikhail Prokopenko
Date: 29 November, 2022. Time: 12 -12:45pm (AEDT). This conference is hosted by The University of Sydney. Click here to view details and register. Registration is free!
Nov 20, 2022
AusCMI Webinar Series!!!
Date: 30 August, 2022. Click here to view details and link for the webinar series.
Aug 30, 2022
ALife 2022 Tutorial: Simulating pandemics with agent-based models - Prof. Mikhail Prokopenko
We consider pros and cons of agent-based models for studying pandemics, tracing a spatiotemporal spread of infection across a nation. We also introduce our open-source software, AMTraC-19 (Agent-based Model of Transmission and Control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia). The slides can be downloaded here: http://www.prokopenko.net/SimPanABM.html
Aug 2, 2022
The University of Sydney offers Fellowships for Ukrainian researchers and PhD students
This visiting PhD scholarship is announced as part of the University of Sydney’s Scholars at Risk program, and aims to fund 2-3 PhD scholars from the Ukraine to visit the University to allow them to continue their studies.
Mar 28, 2022
AusCMI Webinar: Do we need a coordinated national plan for COVID-19? (Date - 24th May, 2022, Time - 11:00am (AEST)).
The next webinar will hold on the 24th of May, 2022. at 11am (AEDT). Click here to view details and link for the webinar.
Mar 1, 2022
Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
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BIOSECURITY PROGRAM, KIRBY INSTITUTE
The Impact of Universal Mask Use on SARS-COV-2 in Victoria, Australia on the Epidemic Trajectory of COVID-19
Early mask use should be considered if community transmission is present, as this has a greater effect than later mask-wearing mandates.
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BIOSECURITY PROGRAM, KIRBY INSTITUTE
Effectiveness of facemasks for opening a university campus in Mississippi, United States-a modelling study.
Universal use of face masks and reducing the number of people on campus may allow safer universities reopening.
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BIOSECURITY PROGRAM, KIRBY INSTITUTE
Modelling of COVID-19 vaccination strategies and herd immunity, in scenarios of limited and full vaccine supply in NSW, Australia
A judicious vaccination strategy will be required to suppress outbreaks in Australia until vaccine supply is unrestricted
Burnet Institute
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BURNET INSTITUTE
Modelling the Victorian Roadmap
Victoria's new Roadmap out of lockdown shows that the key to opening up and reducing risk in Victoria will be making sure workers across the state are vaccinated
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BURNET INSTITUTE
Initial modelling projections for second epidemic wave in Sydney, NSW
Diagnoses and hospitalisations in Sydney will continue increasing for several weeks before reaching a peak and declining once sufficient vaccine-acquired immunity is achieved.
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BURNET INSTITUTE
A vaccine 'plus' strategy needed for the future
Even with high vaccination coverage, continually introducing cases through relaxed quarantine is likely to lead to outbreaks that require public health responses. However, greater vaccine coverage provides a variety of response and control options.
COVID-19 Modelling Aotearoa
TE PŪNAHA MATATINI
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COVID-19 MODELLING AOTEAROA
Vaccination and testing of the border workforce for COVID-19 and risk of community outbreaks: A modelling study
The reduction in vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 transmission increases the risk. As such, carrying out a frequent routine testing of highly exposed vaccinated groups could mitigate the increased risk due to vaccination
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COVID-19 MODELLING AOTEAROA
Fighting COVID-19 with the team of 5 million: New Zealand government communication during lockdown
Direct, honest and empathetic communication as well as empowering the public to act, are recommended strategies for effective government crisis communication
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COVID-19 MODELLING AOTEAROA
Estimated inequities in COVID-19 infection fatality rates by ethnicity for Aotearoa New Zealand
Infection fatality rate does not account for potential differences in transmission and incidence by ethnicity, risk factors for accelerated transmission include crowded housing affecting a quarter of Maori and almost half of Pacific people.
COVID Economic Policy Modelling Group
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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COVID ECONOMIC POLICY MODELLING GROUP
Cross-country effects and policy responses to COVID-19 in 2020: The Nordic countries
Unlike its Nordic neighbours, Sweden maintained an open border in the first half of 2020 within the EU and beyond and imposed no quarantine requirements for arrivals.
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COVID ECONOMIC POLICY MODELLING GROUP
Epidemiological modelling of the health and economic effects of COVID-19 control in Australia’s second wave
Better public health outcomes and lower economy costs occur when social distancing measures are more stringent, implemented earlier and implemented for a sufficiently long duration.
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COVID ECONOMIC POLICY MODELLING GROUP
Health and economic costs of early and delayed suppression and the unmitigated spread of COVID-19: The case of Australia
Lockdowns mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but is this sufficient to justify the associated health and economic costs?
Centre for Complex Systems & Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
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CENTRE FOR COMPLEX SYSTEMS & SYDNEY INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Simulating Transmission Scenarios of the Delta Variant of SARS-CoV-2 in Australia
How effective are current non-pharmaceutical interventions against the Sydney COVID-19 outbreak?
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CENTRE FOR COMPLEX SYSTEMS & SYDNEY INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES
How will mass-vaccination change COVID-19 lockdown requirements in Australia?
Addressing implications of Australia's a mass-vaccination approach to prevent future outbreaks of COVID-19
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CENTRE FOR COMPLEX SYSTEMS & SYDNEY INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Modelling transmission and control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia
There are various mitigation and suppression strategies aimed to control the spread of COVID-19, how do we quantify their relative benefits?
Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
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DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE & SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
SARS-CoV-2 Omicron disease burden in Australia following border reopening: a modelling analysis
New modelling shows reopening the Western Australian border prior to June 2022 is required to minimise peak daily and total health burdens
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DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE & SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Mitigating the SARS-CoV-2 Delta disease burden in Australia by non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccinating children: a modelling analysis
New modelling shows non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccinating school children required to contain Delta variant outbreaks in Australia
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DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE & SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
A modelling analysis of the effectiveness of second wave COVID-19 response strategies in Australia
Early and robust application of social distancing measures are known to be an appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it underpinning their effectiveness is proactive timing
Population Interventions Unit
MSPGH, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
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POPULATION INTERVENTIONS UNIT
A framework for considering the utility of models when facing tough decisions in public health: a guideline for policy-makers
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the combined disciplines of public health, infectious disease and policy modelling squarely into the spotlight
Girl in a jacket
POPULATION INTERVENTIONS UNIT
An integrated epidemiologic and economic model to assess optimal COVID-19 pandemic policy
Identifying optimal COVID-19 policies is challenging. Therefore, COVID-19-related policy decisions must be made in the context of substantial uncertainty, a significant challenge for policy makers. In this complex environment it is increasingly important that the benefits and drawbacks of interventions are rigorously and systematically compared – including from a cost effectiveness perspective
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POPULATION INTERVENTIONS UNIT
A log-odds system for waning and boosting of COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness
Waning of immunity following COVID-19 vaccination presents a challenge when attempting to model likely population impacts of COVID-19 policy options
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
MONASH UNIVERSITY
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DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
COVID-19 collaborative modelling for policy response in the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam
This work describes an approach to support evidence-based public health decisions and policy, which may help inform other responses to similar outbreak events.
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DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
Sustaining effective COVID-19 control in Malaysia through large-scale vaccination
Rapid roll-out of vaccination is particularly critical to controlling Malaysia’s epidemic, with continuing NPIs likely to be needed throughout much of the roll-out period.
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DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
Time for a clear national COVID-19 strategy
Pandemic responses across the world have been highly reactive. However, there remain only three strategic options to managing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): mitigation, suppression and elimination
The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM)
JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY
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THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL HEALTH AND MEDICINE (AITHM)
Modelling direct and herd protection effects of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in Australia
With existing intentions of the Australian population regarding vaccination, current vaccine efficacy and the infectiousness of the Delta variant, herd immunity through vaccination alone seems improbable
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THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL HEALTH AND MEDICINE (AITHM)
Vaccines and variants: Modelling insights into emerging issues in COVID-19 epidemiology
COVID-19 modelling will continue to play a critical role in guiding pandemic responses, whether it is used to identify key characteristics of emerging variants or to project disease spread under various scenarios
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THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL HEALTH AND MEDICINE (AITHM)
Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Outbreak: the Need for Epidemic Preparedness
It has become clear that most governments in the world underestimated the risks of rapid COVID-19 spread and were mostly reactive in their crisis response. As disease outbreaks are not likely to disappear in the near future, proactive international actions are required to not only save lives but also protect economic prosperity.