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Collaborative planning and shared decision making in biosecurity emergency management

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Perry, S. and Laws, R. (2019) Collaborative planning and shared decision making in biosecurity emergency management. Proceedings, 36 (1). p. 60. ISSN 2504-3900

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2019036060


Robust planning and decision making processes are essential to manage biosecurity risks, particularly in emergency response situations that are highly complex, often contentious and can change rapidly. Effective risk management involves analysing large amounts of diverse scientific, technical and practical information; and dealing with competing priorities and conflicting interests amongst stakeholders. Furthermore, Australia’s biosecurity system relies on shared responsibility, where governments, industry and the community work together to manage biosecurity risks. For shared responsibility to be successful, improved planning and decision making processes are required to ensure that decision making processes enable input from stakeholders. Stakeholder input into risk assessment and the development of risk management options results in more rigorous ‘riskinformed’ decision making.
We have developed a collaborative planning and shared decision making framework for riskinformed decision making in biosecurity. It is an integrated system that incorporates principles for involving stakeholders in risk analysis (including risk assessment, management and communication), good decision making and risk governance. We will present the application of the framework during the incursion of the tropical race 4 (TR4) strain of Panama disease in north Queensland, Australia where growers and other industry stakeholders were involved in the development and implementation of the risk mitigation during the emergency response.
The collaborative planning and shared decision making framework enables end-users to better manage biosecurity risks, with a logical and analytical planning and decision making process that integrates scientific, technical and practical knowledge and accounts for the political, social and economic values of stakeholders.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:risk-informed decision making; biosecurity; emergency management; risk management; shared responsibility
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Animals
Science > Invasive Species > Modelling
Plant pests and diseases
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