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Mathematical models to support the COVID-19 response in New South Wales

19 October 2021
12.30pm – 2.00pm AEDT
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The Kirby Institute and the School of Population Health at UNSW Sydney invite you to join us for an online event where you’ll hear our experts explain how applications of mathematical modelling can be used to support policy responses to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 crisis has brought mathematical modelling to the forefront of health policy making as never before, and led to new approaches and data sources to track and predict the course of the pandemic and its impacts. Modelling teams from UNSW’s School of Population Health and Kirby Institute have worked closely with the Doherty Modelling Consortium nationally, and the Ministry of Health in NSW over the past 18 months to support policy responses. Lead researchers from these teams will present key findings of this work in NSW, including analyses of mobility metrics from Google, Facebook and other sources; the impact of vaccine coverage on transmission and the role of exposure sites on the spread of infection.

Presenters and discussants will also reflect on the strengths and limitations of modelling approaches in this fast-moving, high-profile context.


  • Associate Professor James Wood, School of Population Health
  • Dr Deborah Cromer, Kirby Institute
  • Dr Nic Rebuli, Kirby Institute


  • Professor James McCaw and Dr Freya Shearer, University of Melbourne and members of Doherty Modelling Consortium
  • Professor Andrew Wilson, Director Menzies Centre for Health Policy at University of Sydney and Advisor, Office of the NSW Chief Health Officer


  • Professor John Kaldor, Kirby Institute, Kirby Institute