Structure & Function of Control Centres

Subject VETS50011 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Approximately 10-14 hours per week over an 8-week period
Total Time Commitment: Approximately 112 hours per semester
Prerequisites: The following subjects are prerequisites:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Information learned in the prior modules of this course
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on their academic performance are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Stephanie Morrison-Duff
Research and Graduate Studies Manager
Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
+61 (0)3 8344 0357
Subject Overview: In essence, an Emergency Animal Disease response has many similarities to that of a military campaign, and formal structures have been developed to manage responses. These structures are based on the Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS) and are described in detail in the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN).

This subject will, through a series of lectures, detail the composition of the various levels of control centres and outline their structure and functions and the roles and responsibilities of those staffing the centres.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students will have gained:
• a working knowledge of AIIMS and its application to an emergency animal disease (EAD) response through AUSVETPLAN;
• an understanding of the structures and functions of control centres at various levels and their interactions; and
• some knowledge of AUSVETPLAN roles and responsibilities.

Students will be assessed for participation in weekly forum discussions, group assignment in week 5 and final written exam in week 9 and 10. You will be required to identify a university near you where you can be supervised while sitting the exam.

The assessment components of this subject are:

  • Participation in online forum discussions (15%)
  • Group assignment 4000 words (25%)
  • Written 2-hour final exam (60%)
Prescribed Texts: The Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN), available to be downloaded from the Animal Health Australia website
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students should have developed their:
• ability to respond to EADs in a structured manner; and
• ability to relate an EAD response to a chain of command.
Notes: Reliable internet access with at least a medium speed connection and a personal computer are essential for undertaking this online program. The content is accessed through your web browser. Microsoft Office™ and Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent software packages are necessary for assessment tasks, assignments and some class exercises.
Related Course(s): Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Diseases)

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