public health

young woman confused expression with arms and hands raised

More than two years into the pandemic the world is a very different place. But this only partly explains different people’s responses to COVID.

the covidsafe app opening screen displayed on a mobile phone

Instead of making the lives of contact tracers easier, analysis shows the expensive technology missed contacts and added to their workload.

travellers arriving at airport

As we begin to emerge from restrictions, there are many things the federal government could do to improve the conditions for those stranded, and speed up their return home.

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Without appropriate support, it’s more likely people will break COVID restrictions, for example go to work, or gather in family groups for support.

NSW Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant addresses the media as Premier Gladys Berijiklian watches on.

Media coverage misses the nuances of the chief health officer roles. This is what we found when we spoke to them.

a womans arm with a band-aid where she has been vaccinated.

Do you actually need compulsory vaccination at your workplace? And if you do, as a last resort, how do you make mandates fair?

A senior Aboriginal man receiving a COVID-19 vaccine

As the Delta strain spreads in Australia, there is increasing urgency to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are vaccinated.

Health care workers wearing PPE

The federal government has announced COVID-19 vaccination will now become mandatory for aged-care workers. This comes amid a slow and troubled rollout in the sector.

Person using their smart phone

When people who test positive to COVID-19 become subject to ridicule for their activities, it could make others feel reluctant to reveal their movements to contact tracers.

Healthcare workers transport a patient on a hospital bed between hospital buildings.

A new modelling study led by UNSW predicts demand for cancer surgery will rise by 52 per cent within two decades, with low-income countries bearing the greatest burden.

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