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On behalf of the Communicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI) staff and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing I'd like to acknowledge and thank Dr Angela Merianos for her dedicated contribution to CDI and her work as Medical Director of the Surveillance Section of the Communicable Diseases Branch for the period 2000 - 2002.
As a senior member of staff and the Commonwealth representative to the Communicable Disease Network Australia (CDNA), Angela advanced many aspects of a national agenda for improved communicable disease surveillance and response and brought to the Commonwealth a breadth of skills and experience in Public Health Medicine, particularly in the areas of vaccine preventable and arboviral disease control, and international health. She also strengthened the epidemiology and research skills within the department, in part reflected in the positive production developments of CDI. Most recently, Angela headed the Commonwealth Task Force related to Biosecurity and played a pivotal role in assisting the national response to anthrax and other bio-terrorist threats.
I wish her well in her new role as a Medical Advisor at the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and am pleased that she will be able to continue to contribute to the cause of communicable disease control as the AusAID representative to CDNA.
Communicable Diseases and Health Protection Branch
This article was published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 26, No 2, June 2002