Cross-disciplinary Collaboration for the Protection of Public Health: A Need to Over-come the Barriers

Staerk, K D C (2008) Cross-disciplinary Collaboration for the Protection of Public Health: A Need to Over-come the Barriers. CATTLE PRACTICE, 16. pp. 95-98.

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Abstract

When dealing with zoonoses and other hazards related to animals, cross-disciplinary collaboration is essential to protect public health. The failure to include relevant disciplines and their respective specialist knowledge will lead to faulty risk assessments and consequentially to late, patchy, exaggerated or mis-directed interventions. This will have public health and economical consequences. Barriers to cross-disciplinary collaboration exist between individuals and between organisations. Among the key factors facilitating successful cross-disciplinary collaboration are: establishment of personal contacts and inter-authority liaison; clear definition of processes, roles and responsibilities; and education and training to enhance the mutual understanding between disciplines. All veterinarians have a role in public health protection. In order to fulfil this task, we need to know our partners and understand our respective responsibilities to be prepared for effective action. In this context, the ability to collaborate across disciplines is a professional necessity for all of us.