Around the Precinct: 14 May 2020

The first national snapshot of COVID-19 patients in Australian ICUs, celebrating International Nurses Day and why sitting less is good for our mental health – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Monash University SPRINT-SARI study

Monash University researchers have captured the first national snapshot of COVID-19 patients admitted to ICUs in Australia.

Alfred Health

Lifesaving trial moves to Tasmania
Before COVID-19 struck, Natalia Rodriguez had been travelling from Launceston to The Alfred Oncology Unit every three weeks to take part in a clinical trial that could save her life.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

40% of Victorians have low Vitamin D levels
A study of 30,000 Victorians reveals 40% have low vitamin D levels, with serious health consequences.
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Improving IBD patient care with virtual clinics
Monash researchers based at The Alfred are national leaders in improved care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients using a ‘virtual clinic’ model of care.
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Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Study captures first national picture of COVID-19 patients in Intensive Care Units
Researchers at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine have captured the first national snapshot of COVID-19 patients admitted to ICUs around the country since the outbreak hit Australian shores on 14 March.
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Monash medical students put their hands up to assist in contact tracing
A group of third year medical students have put their hands up to help in the COVID-19 response effort, electing to train as contact tracers to assist with the State’s increased workload.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

World-first study shows short interruptions to sitting time can boost mental health
TV binges aren’t good for our mental health, but a new study shows we can halve the negative impacts by getting up off the couch more often in between episodes or in ad breaks.
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Developing a COVID-safe workplace
With National Cabinet this week talking about the possibility of easing restrictions over the coming months and helping prepare Australians to go back to work in a COVID-19 safe environment, we have been busy ensuring that this can happen here at the Baker Institute.
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Burnet Institute

Global COVID-19 pandemic: latest
Burnet’s researchers and public heath experts are supporting the COVID-19 response in Australia and globally across many projects and activities. Find out the latest updates.
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In praise of nursing, and nurses
On the International Day of the Nurse, Kate Allardice is ‘forever thankful’ for her 40-year career in nursing and midwifery.
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What would Florence think of nurses and midwives in 2020?
Professor Caroline Homer and colleagues reflect upon Florence Nightingale’s legacy in the bicentenary of her birth.
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On Mother’s Day 2020, prioritising the health of mothers and babies
In a world transformed by COVID-19, Burnet researchers are focused on new projects to support mothers and babies during the pandemic.
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Macquarie Group Foundation pledges AUD$1 million to Optimise Study
Burnet Institute welcomes the support to help fast track the critical research into optimising isolation, quarantine and distancing for COVID-19.
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Philanthropists given incentive to dig deep during the COVID-19 pandemic
Burnet Institute welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of new incentives for philanthropic funds to support charities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Deakin University

Reluctant Australians should seek health care now as COVID-19 restrictions ease
Australians with chronic illnesses and other vulnerable groups remain at risk from non-COVID-19-related conditions, as the physical restrictions imposed by the pandemic start to ease, a Deakin University expert has warned.
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Nucleus Network

Nucleus Network on the frontline against COVID-19
CEO Cameron Johnson and CMO Dr Jason Lickliter spoke to the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry about our efforts in the development of a vaccine for COVID-19.
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