OzSAGE is a multi-disciplinary network of Australian experts from a broad range of sectors relevant to the well-being of the Australian population during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
OzSAGE formed in response to the current Australian epidemic, meeting for the first time on August 16, 2021. In the midst of many competing expert opinions, OzSAGE offers well-researched and robustly debated independent expert advice. We do this to inform the common national goal of achieving an exit strategy from this pandemic with the best possible health, social and economic outcomes. Members of OzSAGE are not paid and provide their time without remuneration and without a political agenda.
Members have experience, expertise and frontline roles in public health, infectious diseases, virology, immunology, epidemiology, vaccinology, clinical disciplines (intensive care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, paediatrics, paediatric intensive care, occupational medicine, mental health, allied health, and multiple other subspecialities), Aboriginal health, engineering, built environment, occupational hygiene, laboratory science, basic science, research and development, behavioural and social science, multicultural engagement, communications, law, computer and data science, public policy and economics.
- be an additional resource for federal and state governments, opposition, business, community and non-government agencies in Australia.
- formulate independent advice on public health, health systems and other policy matters relevant to COVID-19 control, with diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives.
- provide decision support, underpinned by the best scientific evidence, modelling and other research, to inform the choice between policy alternatives.
- provide rapid advice during urgent public health events.
- assist with the safe opening up of Australia.