Health and national security - Online Professional Development

National Security College | Professional course


The COVID-19 crisis has brought into sharp focus the extent to which health impacts stability, prosperity and human security. But is it a national security issue? Hear from key thinkers on the merits and risks in such framing.

Online Webinar

$148.50 (GST Included)

Course overview

Many experts have cautioned against ‘securitising’ issues not typically considered in the remit of national security, but the significant strategic impact of COVID-19 has meant health is now front of mind for many national security policy and decision makers. Has it been central enough in our strategic thinking in the past? How might we shift our thinking moving forward?

In this recording you will hear from Jane Halton AO PSM, Dr Nicholas Thomson, and Elizabeth Kelly PSM on ways in which national security policy and decision makers might sensibly factor health into strategic thinking in the future.

The session will touch on the risk of future pandemics but also our national stockpile, medical supply chains, the appropriateness of using national security infrastructure to combat health risks, the prickly issue of multilateral cooperation, and the complex interface between social policy and national security.
Participants will leave with:

  1. Greater understanding of the complex interface between health and national security
  2. Ideas on how to factor health into national security strategy, policy and decision making into the future.

Course presenter(s)

Jane Halton AO PSM

Board Member, National COVID-19 Coordination Commission; former Secretary, Department of Health

Dr Nick Thomson

Research fellow, Nossal Institute, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne: Research fellow, Centre for Public Health and Human Rights; Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Elizabeth Kelly PSM

Elizabeth Kelly commenced as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in October 2017, where she is responsible for innovation, digital strategy and industry support programmes.

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