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    Melissa Sweet

    Melissa Sweet

    Heath Kelly has asked me to post this comment on his behalf.


    I read your piece on this topic in Melissa’s round up of Croakey postings. What an interesting collection of stuff Melissa has amassed. Conflict of interest declaration: my Unit is one of the Croakey sponsors.

    More than a year ago two of us from the Unit had done a small piece of research at the request of the Commonwealth, and funded by them, on a review of pandemic preparedness in Australian hospitals. As part of the project we produced a review of the international experience on pandemic preparedness in hospitals. This was accepted for publication in Communicable Diseases Intelligence, the infectious diseases journal sponsored and edited by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).

    However not long before publication was due, I had a phone call from a (now former) DoHA staff member telling me they would not be able to publish the paper, I think chiefly because of its title. The title may not have been a problem except for the fact that, in between drafting the manuscript and its acceptance for publication, the too-much-feared pandemic had arrived. The title was prophetic. Maybe this was the reason I was told that the politicians did not want it in the public domain, even though the content was all about ways Australian hospitals could have improved their pandemic preparedness. This is how I record the paper in my CV.

    Carville K, Kelly H. Pandemic planning in Australian hospitals: fragmented and incomplete. Commun Dis Intell 2009; 33: 36-38 (withdrawn by publisher after acceptance)

    (Editor’s note: section deleted)

    Not sure if this is the sort of thing you are looking for in your collection, but good to note your interest.

    Best wishes, Heath

    Dr Heath Kelly

    Head | Epidemiology Unit

    Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory


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