Coronavirus: update, impact and facts

Coronavirus: update, impact and facts

Mar 18
CEDA’s event, will bring together key leaders from across government, industry, academia and health to lead an important discussion around what we have in place to deal with the range of health, social and economic impacts we face in Australia due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Associate Professor Michael Beard, Head, Viral Pathogenesis Research Laboratory, The University of Adelaide
Mark Duffy, Chief Executive , Department for Innovation and Skills
Karyn Kent, Chief Executive Officer, StudyAdelaide
Chris Sweet, Partner, Finlaysons

Event overview

Australia has established an international reputation for weathering global shocks, highlighted by over 28 years of uninterrupted economic growth - longest period of recession-free growth for a developed economy. However, it is clear that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) represents a massive and unfolding international shock, that the OECD warns presents the biggest danger to the global economy since the financial crisis.

In fact, new research from ANU economics professor and former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin warned that GDP loss from the most severe outbreak could be as much as 7.9 per cent, with even a less severe global pandemic possibly taking 2 percentage points off Australian growth in 2020.
Already businesses are dealing with lost revenue and disrupted supply chains due to China’s factory shutdowns, tens of millions of people remain in lockdown in dozens of cities in China, Asia, the Middle East and Europe and restrictions on the global movement of people are increasing. And whilst the economic cost increases globally everyday, the massive human impact and disruption in China cannot and must not be overlooked.

However, it is also clear that panic buying, racism, mis-information and fake news are fuelling unnecessary fear in communities.
The event will look at the current and emerging impacts of the Coronavirus across sectors of the SA economy, the disruption to supply chains and importantly the effect on our strong relationship with China.

CEDA Free Livestream

The event will be available to watch via live stream. This free live stream is accessible on your computer or mobile device. During Q&A you can post your questions for the speakers here.

Opening keynote address

The Hon. Steven Marshall MP
Premier of South Australia

Steven Marshall is South Australia’s 46th Premier. He was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Norwood in 2010. His electorate has since been renamed Dunstan. In 2013, Mr Marshall became the Leader of the Liberal Party and the State Opposition. He led the Party to victory on March 17, 2018. Mr Marshall is responsible for Tourism, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Defence and Space Industries, the Arts, Veterans’ Affairs and Multicultural Affairs.

Meet the speakers

Associate Professor Michael Beard
Head, Viral Pathogenesis Research Laboratory, The University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Michael Beard is head of the Viral Pathogenesis Research Laboratory (VPRL) at The University of Adelaide. He completed his PhD in molecular virology from the University of Queensland and after working in the USA he returned to Adelaide in 2002 and established the VPRL that focuses on the development of model systems to study complex cellular virus interactions with the ultimate aim to develop novel therapeutic strategies and understand how viruses cause disease. A particular focus of his laboratory is the study of the hepatitis C virus and other closely related viruses such as Dengue, West Nile Virus and more recently Zika virus.

Mark Duffy
Chief Executive , Department for Innovation and Skills

Mark Duffy is a former Director-General of the NSW Department of Water and Energy.  During his time in the NSW State Government Mark held responsibility for the strategic leadership of the NSW Energy function including Chairing the NSW Electricity Network Review where he delivered significant reforms. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Law from the University of Adelaide and is a recipient of a British Council Scholarship to the London School of Economics.

Karyn Kent
Chief Executive Officer, StudyAdelaide

Karyn commenced as Chief Executive of StudyAdelaide in 2014. StudyAdelaide is responsible for marketing Adelaide as an international study destination. She has had an extensive career in destination marketing, including executive roles with the South Australian Tourism Commission and Tourism Australia. In 2016, she was appointed to the national Council for International Education, which was formed to oversee the implementation of Australia's first National Strategy for International Education 2025, working with education providers, industry and federal, state and territory governments.

Chris Sweet
Partner, Finlaysons

With over 30 years of experience working in the health industry, both in Australia and the UK, Chris Sweet is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers working in the Australian health sector today. In the public sector, Chris has worked extensively with SA Health, in claims management, clinical and corporate risk management and legal advising in governance. In the private sector, Chris has assisted private hospital groups, independent community based private hospitals and health professionals on varied legal and risk related issues including clinical practice, by-laws, access to documents, legislative responsibilities and business processes.

Meet the chair

Rowan Roberts
Partner, KPMG

Rowan works with government agencies and universities in policy and strategy development, reform implementation and change management. Prior to joining KPMG, Rowan worked in the public sector, as well as in research for non-government organisations in Australia and in Europe. Rowan has worked as a public servant for both State and Commonwealth departments and has also worked as an adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Premier of South Australia.

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Public event advice – Coronavirus

At CEDA we are proud to regularly convene and engage speakers and audiences as an essential element of our efforts to broaden discussion and debate of the most important policy issues facing Australia. In doing so, our first priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff.

CEDA remains true to its purpose of providing platforms to inform and promote debate of critical issues and driving policy solutions and are continuing critical discussions for Australia’s economic, social and environmental development through a digital events program including exclusive livestreams, podcasts and video, as well as our virtual Trustee roundtable discussions.

CEDA is also moving to deliver hybrid events that include a livestream and a small audience in attendance. CEDA has worked with venues to ensure that social distancing can be maintained and facilities and equipment have been properly sanitised. Attendance numbers adhere to government guidelines.
In line with government advice we request people that are unwell with cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms do not attend CEDA events. We also ask that you follow government advice and maintain social distancing by refraining from shaking hands or exchanging physical greetings, and wherever possible, staying at least 1.5 metres away from others.

CEDA will continue to closely monitor government advice regarding public gatherings and act on relevant health advice from the Australian government in relation to COVID-19.