Responding to COVID-19 and preparing for the future

Responding to COVID-19 and preparing for the future: Designing enabling environments for community-based self-isolation (quarantine) initiation and compliance during novel respiratory virus outbreaks

Novel respiratory virus outbreaks such as COVID-19 pose a significant threat to public health due to their ability to spread rapidly among populations with little prior immunity.

Register your interest to participate

In an attempt to contain and slow the spread of these infectious outbreaks such as novel coronavirus COVID-19, asking members of the general public to self-isolate (in their homes) has become a key public health protection measure and will become increasingly important as healthcare resources are stretched across a growing population.

As our systems attempt to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has been identified that few additional services and support systems are available to those undertaking self-isolation, with some volunteer community groups attempting to fill this void. This research project aims to further understand the enablers and barriers to self-isolation and quarantine, to develop targeted and evidence-based public health responses now and into the future.

As part of this work Burnet Institute is conducting interviews with people to understand their experience of self-isolation so that they can identify the types of policy and support that may assist people during pandemics. We are seeking research participants who have recently or are currently undertaking self-isolation at home for COVID-19 to conduct an interview over the phone about their experiences.

These may include people who have travelled through high risk areas, suspect they have been in close contact with a known case, or who have been quarantined at home with controlled symptoms after a positive diagnosis.

If you are over the age of 18 years old and currently reside in Australia, you may be eligible to participate.

You can register your interest here.

Or for further information please contact Dr Angela Davis:




  • Professor Allen Cheng - Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Department Of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
  • Professor Lisa Gibbs - Director of the Child Health and Community Wellbeing Program in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population, and Lead of Community Resilience in the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Brett Sutton - Chief Medical Officer, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Angela Davis

Research Fellow