Personal Insights from the 1st International One Health Congress, Melbourne, Australia February 14-16, 2011

Publication Summary

Excerpt: “The 1st International One Health Congress symbolizes the renewed interest in human-animal-environmental health interactions at the policy, research and practices levels. There is a growing movement in many spheres of public health for a systems-based approach to disease prevention and control. Multi-disciplinary infection control collaborations are now seen to extend beyond the boundaries of a team of health care professionals within hospitals. Teams including other professionals in allied fields as well as community members are needed to ensure primary prevention is achieved well before people are exposed to environmental hazards such as zoonoses or food contaminants. Central to the systems approach is the need to develop relationships, trust, knowledge and agreements for collaboration and sharing between relevant stakeholders before the next EID or pandemic hits your community.”