The National Health Security Resilience Assessment (NHSRA) is examining sovereign capability across 6 critical sectors including:

  • medical countermeasures
  • medical devices
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • modelling and simulation
  • hazard management
  • sensing systems

All contributions are critical to compiling an accurate and truly national picture of the capability and capacity of Australia’s health security ecosystem, including end-to-end supply chains and workforce.

How is the NHSRA conducted?


The NHSRA is led by DMTC Limited and supported by the Defence Science & Technology Group through its Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF). Multiple government agency stakeholders were consulted in the development of the NHSRA 2020 and will derive strategic insight and direction from the results.

Previous assessments of the sector were undertaken in 2012 and 2017. While the next assessment process had been scheduled for 2022, COVID-19 has prompted a request for it to be brought forward, and with an expanded scope.

The centrepiece of the assessment is an extensive consultation process, involving:

  • Australian industry
  • the research sector
  • industry advocacy organizations
  • MTPConnect
  • Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
  • federal and state government agencies

In-depth interviews will be conducted of survey respondents whose organisations have key capabilities relevant to health security.

The activity will be conducted by an expert team led by Dr Leigh Farrell, Head of Health Security Strategy for DMTC, and Dr Felicia Pradera, the Program Leader for the Medical Countermeasures initiative at DMTC. Dr Pradera was a co-author of the 2012 and 2017 assessments.

A digital report will be compiled and is expected to be published in mid to late 2021.

How do I register to complete the survey?


First-time users are encouraged to register as a user and complete the surveys in the areas of relevance to their organisation.

Where can I find out more?


Additional information on the NHSRA is available on the DMTC website.

If you experience technical issues, contact nhsraadmin@dmtc.com.au

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