Health and National Security

National Security College | Professional course


The significant strategic impact of COVID-19 has meant health is now front of mind for many national security policy and decision makers. This program aims to explore the nexus between health and national security, and how national security policy and decision makers might sensibly factor health into strategic thinking in the future.

Participants will be encouraged to take a deep dive into health (and related existential threats) as a construct of national security.

Course date: 
9am 19 October – 5pm 21 October 2022
National Security College, #132 Crawford Building, #132 Crawford Building, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

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Course overview

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the program, participants will have

  • Explored a range of health and national security challenges facing Australia.
  • Considered the opportunities and challenges for multi-agency and whole of society engagement in national security making in relation to intersecting issues including (but not limited to): climate change, food security, water security, and biological threats.
  • Analysed the broader ecosystem of health and security sectors in Australia and the Region and their potential points of intersection and partnership.
  • Discussed and developed innovative and effective collaborative approaches in response to complex issues of health and security.

Some of the distinguished presenters on this course include:

  • Dr Nicholas Thomson (Senior Health Advisor, ANU Pacific Security College);
  • Prof Air Vice-Marshal (Ret) Tracy Smart AO (ANU College of Health & Medicine);
  • Prof Paul Arbon (Director of the Torrens Resilience Initiative, Flinders University);
  • Prof Catherine Bennett (Chair in Epidemiology, Deakin University);
  • Prof Sotiris Vardoulakis (Professor of Global Environmental Health, ANU College of Health and Medicine); and
  • Dr Mark Crosweller (Associate Professor in the Practice of National Security Leadership, National Security College).
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