Understanding and moving on from COVID-19


The ADC Forum COVID Webinars

In September and October 2020, ADC Forum hosted a discussion series on “Understanding and Moving on from COVID”. The aim of this series was to present current information and insights and expose arguments relevant to understanding and moving on from the Covid-19 crisis.

The topics covered by the webinars were:

  • Epidemiology and choices for managing the future;
  • Communicating science and trust in institutions;
  • The economic legacy; and
  • Preparing for the future.

This series showcased Australian and global thought leaders to explore and debate the evidence and the issues, including choices between public health and economic welfare in a revealing open and online roundtable discussion which provided exceptional insights for business leaders and policy makers. This paper summarises some of the key highlights and takeaways from the series, and provides insights for the future.

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ADC COVID-19 Update Series – Part One: Epidemiology and The Choices for Managing the Pandemic

About the series

The aim of this four-part COVID-19 Update Series is to present current information and insights and expose arguments relevant to understanding and moving on from the crisis.

Part one will focus on issues such as –

  • What is the current state of knowledge about the Pandemic and scientific predictions about its trajectory?
  • Who is bearing the mortality burden of the virus in Australia and globally?
  • How does this compare to previous outbreaks (SARS) and risks – and the proportionality of the response?
  • What is the evidence of the effectiveness of the management responses?
  • What are the longer-term management choices, with and without vaccine?
  • Who should make those choices?


Professor Alan Lopez
Laureate Prof Rowden-White Chair of Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. International authority on the global burden of disease and the use of health data for the development of health systems and policy.

Professor Vivian Lin 
Director, Health Sector Development at World Health Organization. Executive Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong. International public health expert.

Professor Olivier Oullier
President of EMOTIV, the global leader in portable neurotechnologies, and a Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University.

Dr Simon Thornley
Senior Lecturer, The University of Auckland. Public Health Physician, lecturer and researcher in the section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Dr Robert Laidlaw
Founder & Executive Director of Secure Health Chain, a software company building Australia’s blockchain based digital health solution.

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