Demographer appointed to expert taskforce on COVID recovery

Demographer appointed to expert taskforce on COVID recovery
Wednesday 8 April 2020

Dr Collin Payne has been named as a member of Group of Eight Australia’s expert taskforce advising on 'Australia’s Roadmap to Recovery'.

The taskforce aims to develop a report on the challenge of recovering from the current state of pandemic shut-down in Australia. 

This taskforce consists of experts in epidemiology, modelling, infectious diseases, public health and mental health, psychologists, economists and political scientists, communication experts, and experts on issues related to as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts, along with those with special knowledge of vulnerable groups. 

The group is tasked with coming up with a series of evidence-based, actionable, recommendations, addressing both Commonwealth and State and Territory governments, finding a reasonable balance between maximising the safety of populations, the protection of the economy, and the well-being of society.

Read more about the questions the taskforce will answer.

Dr Collin Payne is a Lecturer in the School of Demography at the Australian National University, and an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. His substantive research centres on the intersections between population ageing and population health, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of chronic health conditions, frailty, and multimorbidity over time and across generations. He also conducts methodological research on multistate models and demographic microsimulation.

Payne received his PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University School of Public Health.


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