Structure & Function of Control Centres

Subject VETS50011 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 16-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 30-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2016
Census Date 12-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Approximately 10-14 hours per week over an 8-week period
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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 may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Simon Firestone


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.

Learning Outcomes:

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
  • Some knowledge of AUSVETPLAN roles and responsibilities
  • Participation in weekly online forum discussions worth 15%
  • A 4000-word group assignment due approximately Week 5 worth 25%
  • A two-hour final written exam in approximately Week 9 or 10 worth 60%

Students will be required to arrange an appropriate venue (e.g. a nearby university) to sit the final exam under supervised examination conditions.

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.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed their:

  • Ability to respond to EADs in a structured manner
  • Ability to relate an EAD response to a chain of command

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 Officeâ„¢ and Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent software packages are necessary for assessment tasks, assignments and some class exercises.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health (EAD)
Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Diseases)
Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health (EAD)

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