Around the Precinct: 2 April 2020

As the fight against COVID-19 continues, so too does our research into the virus’ impact on our mental and physical health while in social isolation – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Prof Patrick Kwan, Monash University

Prof Patrick Kwan from Monash University is leading the development of a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19.

Alfred Health

The Alfred investigating COVID-19 cases
Access to The Alfred’s haematology and oncology ward has been limited after four inpatients tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Coping with COVID-19 anxiety
With so much change and uncertainty in the current environment, many people are struggling with their mental health and suffering increased anxiety. Alfred Senior Psychologist Luke said this was very common, and has offered some tips to help people cope during difficult times.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

Shining a light on rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 infection: the LAMP test
Professor Patrick Kwan is leading a Monash team developing a rapid, easy, point-of-care test for diagnosis of COVID-19 virus infection.
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Monash University Low FODMAP Diet app wins gold in Edison Awards
The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet app has received Gold in the 2020 Edison Awards.
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Concussion in Australian collision sports ‘under-researched’
Concussion sustained during collision sports is a growing issue in Australia but research into the subject is limited and lacks consensus, a paper by Monash University Department of Neuroscience researchers has found.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Older people can (and should) exercise at home – The New Daily
The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute has drawn up a workout program for people aged 65 and over – and the institute’s researchers are so concerned for your wellbeing, they are welcoming queries by email about keeping fit.
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The best ways to keep it moving at home
The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is encouraging Australians to maintain physical activity in the face of COVID-19 restrictions, with new resources outlining tailored workout routines to promote health and wellbeing while in lockdown.
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Burnet Institute

Global COVID-19 pandemic: latest
The Australian Government, like others around the world, is rolling out major public health strategies aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
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The case for greater stringency on COVID-19
The case for a more stringent approach to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Australia was a focus for Professor Brendan Crabb on ABC’s 7.30.
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Testing rate fall leaves thousands of Australians at risk of hepatitis C
An estimated 170,000 people need to urgently be tested and treated to meet WHO’s hep C elimination targets, according to a new Burnet study.
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Focus on barriers to naloxone access
A new Burnet-supported study highlights the need for programs to bolster community access to naloxone in Australia.
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COVID-19: Every day matters now
Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC calls for an immediate nationwide lockdown of non-essential services to combat the spread of COVID-19.
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