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Australia on track to live with Covid from early 2022, leading epidemiologist says

The spread of Delta in Australia has triggered “long overdue discussions on our tolerance for serious illness, and hospital and intensive care unit capacity”, a leading epidemiologist has said, adding that while “patchy” vaccination across cities and regions is an issue, control of the virus should be reached by early 2022. Prof Catherine Bennett, the […]

The Guardian

‘Delta usurped the one decision Australia thought we could control’

The Delta variant has forced Australia to live with COVID-19, a leading epidemiologist has said, stressing the public should no longer expect to hear about every case as the pandemic approaches the end of its second year. In a paper published by the Sax Institute on Wednesday, Deakin University epidemiologist Catherine Bennett argued that the […]

Sydney Morning Herald

New research reveals what living with COVID-19 could look like into 2022

A new scientific paper has delivered a reality check for people hoping to be freed from their face masks when Australia reaches its 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination target. Writing in Public Health Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal of the Sax Institute, epidemiologist Catherine Bennett said face masks should remain mandatory indoors until at least the […]

ABC

Facebook to limit ads children see after revelations Australian alcohol companies can reach teens

Facebook will impose more control on the types of ads that children as young as 13 are exposed to on Instagram and other platforms, as new research finds Australian alcohol companies are not restricting their social media content from reaching younger users. Read the full story in the Guardian and the PHRP paper on Alcohol […]

Guardian Australia

Tips for researchers navigating Zoom et al

Following the onset of the COVID pandemic, Zoom became omnipresent in our lives, as a noun, a verb and a place to work, play and socialise. Last year, according to Wikipedia,  Zoom was the 5th most downloaded mobile app worldwide, with 477 million downloads. On one day in March 2020, the Zoom app was downloaded more […]

Croakey

Minister wants electrification of all NSW vehicles to overcome health concerns

Transport Minister Andrew Constance says he’s determined to see the electrification of all cars, buses and trucks in NSW in order to improve air quality amid public health concerns over the government’s expanding motorway network. Mr Constance said he wanted to make health concerns over air quality from massive motorway projects like WestConnex a thing […]

Sydney Morning Herald

Institutional racism silencing Indigenous knowledge in health care

A new report from the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health has found institutional racism leads to a silencing of Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and cultural practices which are crucial to closing the gap in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The report was authored by several Indigenous leaders and noted the reluctance in health […]

National Indigenous Times

Tailored public health messages on COVID vital in reaching diverse and disadvantaged populations

Many of the groups in the Australian population who are at the greatest risk from COVID-19 – including those with chronic disease – are also the least likely to understand the public health messages aimed at keeping them and the broader community safe from the pandemic. That’s the concerning finding from the first Australian research to look […]

Croakey

PHRP Awards: childhood obesity prevention is hard – but here’s one program that has worked

Around a quarter of NSW children are either obese or overweight, according to NSW Health – a shocking statistic which is likely to be replicated across the country. And while we’ve long known what we need to do to combat the problem – get kids to eat better and exercise more – the issue has […]

PHRP Awards: how the lobbying industry can be bad for our health

The steady flow of politicians and government staffers switching sides to lobby for powerful food, alcohol and gambling companies poses a serious threat to public health, according to the authors of what has just been named Best Paper in the Sax Institute’s annual Public Health Research & Practice Excellence Awards. The study, published in the […]