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eModules on Contact Tracing by ANU and PHAC: Social determinants and well-being for contact tracing

Partner Guidance: 
Capacity Building and Training
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), The Australian National University (ANU)

Australia National University together with the Public Health Agency of Canada have developed a 3 Module Learning Series for Contact Tracing, which aim to provide public health professionals with essential skills and competencies associated with designing and implementing contact tracing programs. 

Module 1: Introduction to Contact Tracing: 
This module provides a high level overview of what contact tracing is, when it is an appropriate tool to help control an infectious disease outbreak, and how to plan for and implement a contact tracing protocol. Serving as a refresher on how contact tracing can help reduce disease transmission, this module is relevant for both novice and experienced contact tracers.

Module 2: Social Determinants, Culture and Contact Tracing
This module provides a general introduction to the importance of recognising social determinants and culture in the design and implementation of contact tracing activities. This module aims to build awareness and enable the participant to apply learnings to real-world contexts through working examples from a variety of infectious diseases where contact tracing is a core public health intervention to mitigate transmission. This module is releant for both novice and experiened contact tracers

Module 3: Mental Health and Well-being for Contact Tracers: 
This module provides a general overview of the mental health and psychosocial impacts of contact tracing for individuals being treated for an infectious disease and individuals who have been exposed to an infectious disease, as well as the public health professionals (or trained volunteers) who perform case investigations, notify contacts of exposure or follow-up with contacts in the context of a public health intervention. The module builds awareness of the mental health and well-being aspects of contact tracing that should be considered during contact tracing activities and provides practical tools and solutions to keep mental health and well-being at the forefront.

These modules are designed to be completed as a learning series, however, they may also be completed as stand-alone pieces.

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Technical Stream: 
Epidemiology & Surveillance
Risk Communications and Community Engagement
Type of Capacity Building Resource: 
Self-directed eLearning opportunity