Team of researchers and academics from Flinders University have come up with a new food safety model which can help in managing the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. It is a worrisome fact that the public is losing trust in the health department and policies regarding pandemic management.
Dr. Annabelle Wilson who teaches at the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University says that better communication may improve this condition. The new food safety model designed by this team works on identifying the new ways to communicate with the public and educate it on the management issues, strategies, and outcomes.
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This new model enlists 10 different strategies for transparent information processing that includes; prioritizing public, proactive approaches, reputation buildup, credibility maintenance, and keeping promises as well.
This new model is now presented to the major official bodies in Australia and New Zealand. Ireland has also replicated the new food model. The purpose of this model is to win public trust and confidence that the government bodies are working to make the situation better for the public.
The public figures can also add their input in this pandemic management by following the recommendations shared by the government. Managing a pandemic is different than food regulation but the response of both lies inefficient policy creation and applying it in the best interest of the public.
The whole purpose of introducing this new food safety model is to maximize interest and confidence in public organizations and government in Australia and urge people to stick to the standard guides and recommendations in order to manage the pandemic. These recommendations include wearing a mask, avoid unnecessarily going out, following social distancing and isolating in case of exposure.
This model is to be tested in the context of the current coronavirus pandemic. Once it is tested, the results could be used to predict the efficiency of this model and can be used by other state level and federal level bodies all across Australia.
Generally, people are more likely to follow the guidelines shared on coronavirus management if these guidelines are effectively conveyed by the health authorities. The questions on the efficacy of these measures and questions like how long would they be following them are natural which need proper answers instead of vague statements. The controversies regarding the safety measures such as the anti-facemask movement should be handled accordingly, without hurting anyone’s sentiments.
This study is currently under review for awarding a grant. The study findings are published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health under the title “Developing and Maintaining Public Trust During and Post-COVID-19: Can We Apply a Model Developed for Responding to Food Scares”