Australia needs centre for disease control: experts

AUSTRALIA needs a new agency to provide a more robust response to infectious disease, according to two peak doctors' bodies.

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians have jointly released a report calling for an Australian centre for disease control.

PHAA chief executive Michael Moore said Australia had a track record of positive outcomes in disease control but a new approach was needed to meet emerging challenges.

"The pressures of globalisation, travel and environmental change have