On this page you will be able to utilise an exclusive recording of the webinar'The Past, Present, and Future of COVID-19' provided by our partner Convergence Science Network.

The discussion topics range from biology and virology to politics and humanities, which can add as an extra research point or activity for yourself and/or your students.

A snapshot of the world responding to COVID-19

Months now since COVID19 has gone global, a panel of experts discuss some of the trends and upcoming milestones we need to achieve. From virology, to social trends, panelists deep dive into numerous topics regarding our current pandemic.

This talk discusses our response to COVID-19, the challenges, and what is yet to come. On the panel are

  • Professor Dale Godfrey, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Immunology Theme Leader, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

  • Professor Kanta Subbarao, Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza. Honorary Professorial Fellow, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

  • Associate Professor Steven Tong, Victorian Infectious Disease Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

  • Catriona Nguyen Robertson PhD, Doherty Institute for infection and immunity, Science Communication Officer, Convergence Science Network

Identified Curriculum Links

Unit 3: Area of study 2, outcome 2; Unit 4: Area of study 1, outcome 1 & Area of study 2 & 3, outcome 2&3

Through this video students can learn about how there are many fronts we face a pandemic on (societal, economical, and physiological) yet the primary fight is happening within us. Through cellular pathways our bodies can mount a variety of responses to invading pathogens. For example, in what ways does our body respond on the macro vs micro level to a viral infection? Does this response always have a positive outcome for the host? What challenges does an evolving virus pose for us in trying to control its spread?

Unit 2: Area of study 1, outcome 1; Unit 2: Area of study 2, outcome 2; Unit 3: Area of study 2, outcome 2; Unit 4: Area of study 1, outcome 1

Science communication, publicity and marketing play a crucial role in the perception of pandemics. Cause, preparedness, treatment and future planning are influenced by the community. Consider the communication during an outbreak as well as through a pandemic's life cycle. The video provides insights into the strategies and tools used to explain and caution the aspects of an outbreak. Cultural groups and minorities continue to be victims of stigmatisation due to communication methods. How is this consequence perceived by the panelists? Is scare mongering a valid tactic?

Unit 3: Area of Study 2, outcome 2; Unit 4: Area of stude 1, outcome 1

The Australian response to global outbreaks weighs the proximity of the pandemic against its likelihood of reaching Australian shores. Can individual nations become complacent in the face of increased ability to travel, changes in living environments, and constant technological evolution? By watching this video, students will learn how the Australian government has reacted to potential threats of outbreak. Students should consider how the current global socioeconomic environment increases the threat of a global contagion, as well as what the role of Australia should be in extending assistance to other countries to manage the potential threat against Australian soil.

Unit 1: Area of study 1, outcome 1; Unit 2: Area of study 2, outcome 2; Unit 3: Area of study 2, outcome 2; Unit 4: Area of study 1, outcome 1

How are different nations affected by disease? In the video provided, comparisons are made between the various international impacts resulting from a pandemic. Consider the differences in politics, living standards, ratio of poverty to adequate standard of living, cultural practices, number of neighbouring national borders, national economy, when discussing societies at increased risk. Global health institutions such as WHO are in a position to provide assistance but what is the extent of their impact? Are their other factors?

English Language

Unit 3: Area of study 1, outcome 1; Unit 3: Area of study 2, outcome 2

The world may be large but the effects of technology and have shortened the distance in communication between nations and individual communities. Individuals have so many platforms to choose from in how they choose to communicate with one another. In the video the panelists discuss the merits and cons of formal and informal communications regarding the pandemic. How do research papers and social media posts compare? Which are impactful and which would assume to be impactful?

Why Use This Resource?

The current effects of Covid-19 has unearthed systemic issues that influence how individuals and communities live and interact. You may only now be aware of

  • the work and time that goes into vaccination development.

  • the risks we face due to our own living environments and habits.

  • how vulnerable we are to personal economic instability.

While some may be fortunate to be across all aspects of this pandemic, it can be difficult to source enough credible information to formulate a holistic view of our situation. This video resource does a great job of curating a broad range of topics in an informative manner.

Learning Goals

To develop knowledge and understanding surrounding the cause and effect of our lifestyles and apply reasoning, logic and evidence to future crises responses.

Resources and Materials

Use the sheet as a discussion prompt for your classes.

This worksheet was kindly produced by Industry Based Learning placement students from Monash University. Thank you Belinda Chan, Glyn Kendall, and James Ure.

Let's Begin

Watch the video to gain insight into how the pandemic is relevant to you. Watch via Youtube for the topic points and timestamps.