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PODCAST: Protecting Australia from chemical and biological threats – Felicia Pradera, DMTC

One of DMTC’s newest programs, Medical Countermeasures (MCM), is quickly being identified as a key capability to protect both the military and the public from chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) threats, as well as pandemics and emerging infectious diseases.

Funded by CSIRO and DST Group through the next Generation Technologies Fund, DMTC is seeking to harness Australia's capabilities to develop leading-edge, advanced technologies and to direct and deploy skills into activities that support Australian defence, health and national security outcomes.


In this episode of the Defence Connect podcast, DMTC’s Medical Countermeasures Program Leader, Felicia Pradera, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the threat of CBR in the modern world and the development of relevant technologies to address Australia’ national preparedness strategy, with necessary application to civil and military domains as well as the need to develop domestic in-country Medical Countermeasures capabilities.

As the only program that brings together the key national stakeholders with representation from the federal Departments of Defence and Health, the CSIRO, the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Growth Centre and the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, Pradera provides a fascinating look inside the program and the necessity of the development of the MCM capability.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team




Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 180: Maintaining intellectual advantage within the cyber defence space - Matthew Wilson, Penten
Episode 179: PODCAST: The 15-year evolution of the Bushmaster – Paul Feighan, Thales
Episode 178: PODCAST: How Australian SMEs can compete on a global stage – John O’Callaghan, Defence Council Victoria
Episode 177: PODCAST: The key challenges facing naval shipbuilding in Australia – Alain Houard, Dassault Systèmes
Episode 176: PODCAST: Operations since the SEA 1442 program contract, Michael Lenton, Leonardo
Episode 175: PODCAST: Forging closer industry partnerships on the back of Type 26 – Mark Goldsack, Defence & Security Organisation, UK government
Episode 174: PODCAST: Aegis delivery for Hunter Class frigates – Neale Prescott and Rob Milligan, Lockheed Martin Australia
Episode 173: PODCAST: Management consulting in high-risk areas – John ‘JP’ Smith, Noetic Group
Episode 172: PODCAST: The importance of real-world situational testing in a simulation-heavy environment – Raydon Gates and George McGuire, QinetiQ
Episode 171: PODCAST: Launch of the Australian Maritime Development Centre – Peter Davie, Dr Len Sciacca, Francois Duthoit

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