Around the Precinct – 2 September 2021

When and how should schools reopen after COVID-19 lockdowns, managing malaria risk factors in PNG and supporting menstrual health in Australia – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

The question of when and how to open schools after lockdown has been a focus throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monash University – Central Clinical School

Should schools open? ATAGI recommendations to vaccinate children aged 12-15
“Although 12-15 year olds are not peak transmitters of COVID-19, there is a clear benefit to vaccinating them when supply becomes available. We know that face-to-face learning is an important part of childhood education, and vaccination will make schools able to open, and stay open,” explains Dr Michael Lydeamore, Research Fellow, from Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
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Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

The rise of telehealth during the pandemic
Prior to the pandemic, telehealth services in Australia were reserved largely for specialist consultations involving patients outside major metropolitan areas. The pandemic prompted the government to expand this in March 2020, offering Medicare rebates for phone and video consultations for all Australians with an established relationship with a general practitioner.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Fast Five with Kristel Janssens
Baker Institute research nurse Kristel Janssens never intended for her Australian adventure — from native Belgium — to last longer than a year. But 11 years down the track she’s still here, working in the Institute’s Sports Cardiology lab to build understanding of how exercise affects the heart.
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Burnet Institute

Victoria’s community effort helps avert around 6000 COVID-19 cases, Burnet modelling shows
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton cited the impact of community adherence during lockdown 6 in preventing thousands of new infections.
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Malaria ‘hotspots’ found in PNG villages
New collaborative research highlights varying risk factors in PNG, guiding future malaria control activities.
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Supporting menstrual health in Australia means more than just throwing pads at the problem
New attention to menstruation in Australia is welcome but long-term strategies are needed, writes Dr Julie Hennegan in The Conversation.
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