by Alison Ryan

There is a pdf available from link below which shows Australia’s NAPHS planning matrix with 66 recommendations intended to “muscle-up” the IHR, and culminate in a WHO Global Pandemic Treaty for Preparedness and Response. This pdf is a warning, showing that the UN organisation is dangerous for us now and future generations.

The Australian Government Department of Health
in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources,
state and territory governments and other partners
Implementation of the recommendations
from the Joint External Evaluation of
IHR Core Capacities

The Foreword includes:

“This document, Australia’s National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS), represents a
commitment to take action to strengthen our defences against acute public health threats. It was developed in response to the (66) recommendations from Australia’s Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) conducted from 24 November to 1 December 2017.”

“The WHO-led international team of experts that assessed our country’s capabilities took a great amount of time and careful consideration to supply us with suitable recommendations to further strengthen our already strong capacities. These recommendations are now prioritised for action across the five year time period of the NAPHS.”

“The Department of Health (Health) will oversee implementation of the NAPHS, but it is
important to note that the plan is not only a responsibility of the health sector. Realisation of the NAPHS depends on partnerships extending to many other sectors, including organisations involved in food safety, agriculture, chemical and radiation safety, security and border agencies.”

“All levels of government, private organisations and research institutions, and the general
community have a part to play in the NAPHS. Given the dual responsibility for many priorities,
Health and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (Agriculture) will partner in
overseeing the governance and delivery of the NAPHS.”

“Maintaining connections to our international partners, including the WHO and the World
Organisation for Animal Health and our fellow Member States, is also central to strengthening
global health security. It is in the best interests of the global community, and a moral imperative, to build the capacities of other countries to respond to public health threats.
We are confident that this NAPHS provides a solid framework for the coordination of efforts to
continue to improve Australia’s already robust capacities to prevent, prepare for, detect and
respond to public health threats.”

Signed by:
Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer
Dr Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer

Acknowledged in this pdf are the contributors listed below:
•The staff within the Australian Government.
• State and territory governments and the expert committees and organisations across
• The following WHO entities: the JEE Secretariat of the WHO, WHO Health
Emergencies Programme, the Western Pacific Regional Office and the Country Health
Emergency Preparedness and IHR Department at WHO Headquarters.
• The governments of Canada, China, Finland, Japan, New Zealand and the United States
of America for providing technical experts to Australia’s JEE.
• The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World
Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for their contribution of experts and expertise to
Australia’s JEE.

As mentioned in the Foreword, “The NAPHS is embedded in existing plans, mechanisms and governance structures.”

“The 66 recommendations from Australia’s JEE can be found in the Appendix: Planning Matrix”, see pages 12-30, covering these 19 areas: National Legislation Policy and Financing, IHR Coordination Communication and Advocacy, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Zoonotic Diseases, Food Safety, Biosafety and Biosecurity, Immunisation, National Laboratory System, Real Time Surveillance, Reporting, Workforce Development, Preparedness, Emergency Response Operations, Link Public Health and Security Authorities, Medical Countermeasures and Personnel Deployment, Risk Communication, Points of Entry, Chemical Events, and Radiation Emergencies.

The NAPHS states it relies on:
– Country Ownership (The Australian Government leads and coordinates the NAPHS, its progress and implementation, to ensure that all activities align with national plans, strategies and guidelines)
– Human Rights Principles
– Community Engagement
– Partnerships and Collaboration
– WHO Partnership (The NAPHS upholds Australia’s long-standing partnership with the WHO
– Alignment with Other Strategies:
– Evidence-led
– Continuous Improvement

This pdf is available from: Department of Health | Australia’s Joint External Evaluation of International Health Regulations Implementation

More info:
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