Around the Precinct – 1 July 2021

A new Head of Respiratory Medicine at Monash and Alfred, a landmark DNA screening study gets the go-ahead and why vaccination is so crucial to putting the COVID-19 pandemic behind us – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Prof Anne Holland, Monash University and Alfred Health

Prof Anne Holland has been named the new Head of Respiratory Medicine at Alfred.

Monash University Central Clinical School

Congratulations to new Head of Respiratory Medicine at Alfred, Professor Anne Holland
It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment, after a highly competitive selection process, of Professor Anne Holland, BAppSci (Physio), PhD, FThorSoc, to the position of Head of Respiratory [email protected] (formerly Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, known as AIRMed), The Department of Immunology & Pathology, The Central Clinical School, Monash University (joint appointment with Alfred Health).
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Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Landmark new DNA screening study to offer free genetic testing to young adults for cancer risk
A landmark new DNA screening study to identify cancer risk in young adults will go ahead, after Monash University researcher Associate Professor Paul Lacaze was awarded a $2.97 million Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant today.
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New metric reveals economic losses from disease and illness
Over the course of a standard working lifespan in Indonesia, their national economy will lose around 15.6 million years of productivity to smoking related illnesses among the workforce. Australia stands to lose just a fraction of this amount, with 2.5 million productive years wiped from our economy over a standard working lifetime.
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Burnet Institute

Australians frustrated with COVID-19 vaccine rollout and communications, social media analysis shows
Analysis of social media posts in May-June 2021 shows Australian users are frustrated at the Federal Government’s COVID-19 response, notably around hotel quarantine and the vaccine rollout.
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The path to exiting the pandemic is paved with vaccinations
Australia is clearly a long way from high vaccine coverage which is the path to exiting the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Professor Brendan Crabb AC and vaccine expert Professor Heidi Drummer in The New Daily.
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Vaccine targets for over-60s called out as ‘ambitious’
A new plan suggests those eligible for AstraZeneca will be vaccinated by October. But how realistic is that goal? First published on RACGP news.
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