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Image - 7 ways to better design quarantine, based on what we know about human behaviour
When we hear of people who have allegedly escaped from mandatory quarantine — whether that’s from hotels in Perth, Toowoomba, Sydney or Auckland — it’s easy to ask: “What were they thinking? Why didn...
Published: 31 August 2020
Image - Religious concerns over vaccine production methods needn't be an obstacle to immunisation
We tend to assume disseminating public health messages is solely the role of public servants such as Victorian chief medical officer Brett Sutton and his former federal counterpart Brendan Murphy,...
Published: 27 August 2020
Image - Do we need to make a potential COVID-19 vaccine mandatory?
Prime Minister Scott Morrison floated the idea of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine administered free to all Australians in an interview on radio station 3AW last Wednesday. Although he later backed away...
Published: 26 August 2020
Image - Russia's coronavirus vaccine hasn't been fully tested. Doling it out risks side effects and false protection
On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin announced Russia was the first country to register a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Developed by the Gamaleya...
Published: 13 August 2020
Image - ‘Working for our people’: what helps build a stronger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce?
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce has unique skills that make its members powerful advocates and agents of change in the Australian health system to improve outcomes for...
Published: 10 August 2020
Image - COVID-19 research call for domestic violence workers
New UNSW Sydney research will interview workers in the domestic and family violence (DFV) area to better understand Australia’s responses in the context of COVID-19. Researchers want to hear from...
Published: 6 August 2020
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The School of Public Health and Community Medicine is set to establish a new program of research in justice health, led by Professor Tony Butler, who will move to the School from the Kirby Institute...
Published: 6 August 2020
Image Guard down Covid Loved ones
When announcing a ban on people in six local government areas south-west of Melbourne hosting visitors in their homes, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said this week: People are not necessarily...
Published: 5 August 2020
Image - Mapping COVID-19 spread in Melbourne shows link to job types and ability to stay home
COVID-19 provides a stark reminder of inequity and the spread of disease. These aren’t new ideas and can be traced back to John Snow’s cholera maps and Charles Booth and his colour-coded maps of...
Published: 30 July 2020
Image - New South Wales on a knife edge as cumulative coronavirus case numbers spiral into the 'red zone'
New South Wales is on a knife edge after recording more than 150 COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days, a worrying sign the situation could spiral out of control. The wide geographic spread is of...
Published: 30 July 2020
Image - It's easy to judge. But some people really can't wear a mask
Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said recently there were good reasons why some people can’t wear a mask: A number […] are legitimately not able to wear masks so please don’t vilify...
Published: 27 July 2020
Image - Which mask works best? We filmed people coughing and sneezing to find out
If you’re not sure whether wearing a face mask is worth it, or you need to wear a mask but are unsure which type, our new research should help you decide. We took videos of what happens when you talk...
Published: 24 July 2020
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Shown in a new study published in scientific journal PLOS ONE and contributed to by Rubana Islam doctoral student at the SPHCM with a focus on non-communicable diseases, urban slum-dwellers in low...
Published: 16 July 2020
Image - Which face mask should I wear?
Australia’s chief medical officer Paul Kelly today recommended people in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire wear masks when leaving the house: […] If people have symptoms and they need to go for a test...
Published: 13 July 2020
Image - Victorians, and anyone else at risk, should now be wearing face masks. Here's how to make one
After early success in suppressing COVID-19, we are facing a resurgence in Victoria, which is threatening disease control for the whole country. Outbreaks in northwestern Melbourne, including in...
Published: 8 July 2020
Image - Melbourne's lockdown came too late. It's time to consider moving infected people outside the home
From midnight Wednesday, all of Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 lockdown for six weeks. There are only four reasons for residents to leave their homes: shopping for...
Published: 8 July 2020
In a SAM Conversation with experts from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney, one of the world's leading academic and research institutions, Dr Anurag Sharma, Co-Director...
Published: 29 June 2020
Image - Misconceptions, lack of targeted communication key reasons for low flu vaccine uptake in Aboriginal adults
Widespread misconceptions seem to be a barrier to Aboriginal people accessing the flu vaccine, according to a new study by UNSW public health researchers published this week in the Australian and New...
Published: 26 June 2020
Dr Blessing Akombi
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a cultural practice that is associated with poor health outcomes and violates human rights. More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut.   A new...
Published: 25 June 2020
Image - Australians ‘do the right thing’ when following COVID-19 advice: survey
Australians showed a high level of compliance during the peak of the COVID-19 emergency despite only one in five perceiving a high risk to their health, a survey led by UNSW Sydney experts has found...
Published: 24 June 2020

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