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School name change
UNSW Medicine’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine will now be called the School of Population Health to reflect their broader approach to population and global health. The School of...
Published: 13 September 2020
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Can soccer build social cohesion? Does sport have the power to bring communities together, promote racial harmony and lead to social integration? The School’s recent research on the long-running...
Published: 2 September 2020
Image - Elimination, eradication, and the myth of 'living with' a certain level of COVID-19
Disease management terms like ‘elimination’ and ‘eradication’ have been used in press conferences and media coverage since the start of COVID-19.  While these terms seem familiar, they are technical...
Published: 2 September 2020
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A research article has been published this week by Dr Holly Seale from the School of Population Health and her students in collaboration with NSW Health, focusing on improving the success of non-...
Published: 2 September 2020
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“I have to say that critical decision-making and critical staff, with critical expertise are a real struggle... they are hard to grow immediately, they are not someone you can rapidly train up and I’...
Published: 2 September 2020
Image - What is the COVID 'bubble' concept, and could it work in Australia?
The concept of a COVID-19 “germ bubble” refers to close contacts with whom we don’t practise mask use or keep physical distancing. In strict lockdown, this generally means just the members of your...
Published: 1 September 2020
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
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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 - 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 - 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 - 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

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