Around the Precinct – 15 July 2021

As epidemiologists continue to weigh the impact of the Delta variant and the measures required to contain it, other public health experts look for ways to improve responses to victims of sexual violence and road safety for cyclists – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Monash University Dept of Forensic Medicine

Monash’s Department of Forensic Medicine has developed a training course for health professionals to better respond to victims of sexual violence.

Alfred Health

The spirit of Country and community celebrated with Womindjeka Welcome Wall
A major redesign of The Alfred’s main entrance was unveiled this afternoon, with the space transformed into an intricate celebration of Country and community.
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Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

COVID-19 has Australians worried about returning to the workplace
Four in five workers surveyed in an Australian study experienced fears around catching or spreading COVID-19 upon return to their worksite last year, with social and family impacts of abandoning work-from-home causing concerns for half of workers.
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Australia’s first accredited training for health practitioners and frontline workers to improve responses to victims of sexual violence
Monash University has developed Australia’s first training course accredited by multiple professional bodies to help health professionals and frontline workers better recognise and respond to victims of sexual violence.
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Developing on-bike technology to enhance cyclist safety
The Federal Office of Road Safety (Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications) has today announced the awarding of a Road Safety Innovation Fund (Round 2) grant for a project that will take another important step forward in increasing the safety of people on bikes.
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Burnet Institute

How will variants change our response to COVID-19?
Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Mike Toole explain the implications of the Delta variant and the need for a ‘Vaccine-Plus’ strategy in this commentary for The Age.
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A tougher 4-week lockdown could save Sydney months of stay-at-home orders, our modelling shows
Published in The Conversation.
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New collaboration to address P. Vivax in PNG
Burnet is a collaborator in a new program to improve the management of Plasmodium vivax, the most prevalent form of recurring malaria worldwide.
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Experts unite to help get Aussies vaccinated against COVID-19
Australia’s brightest scientific minds have joined forces to urge Australians to get vaccinated, arguing COVID-19 is more insidious than the rare side effects attached to some of our vaccines.
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Tighter ‘Stage 4’ restrictions will likely be needed to control Delta variant outbreak in NSW, new modelling shows
New modelling, developed by Burnet Institute, shows if NSW is to control its current Delta variant outbreak of COVID-19 then stricter Stage 4 restrictions, similar to those introduced in Victoria’s second wave in 2020, will be needed.
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