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Topic: public health
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Will COVID-19 be our public health wakeup call? 

While Australia's COVID-19 death rate may be comparably low, the impact and spread of the disease points to flaws in our public health.

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Who advises the man who advises the nation on COVID-19?

By this point in the coronavirus crisis, everyone knows chief medical officer Brendan Murphy. But what do we know about the team behind him, saving Australia from catastrophe?

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Just how much does the government say a human life is worth?

Can we really put a cost on human life? The answer is yes, and it happens more often than you think — as the pandemic has proved.

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The government has finally released the modelling. Here’s what it means

The federal government has released its coronavirus modelling. We spoke to the experts to find out whether it matters.

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What can Australia learn from New Zealand’s coronavirus modelling?

New Zealand has released the modelling it used to decide how to tackle the coronavirus spread — we look at how it can apply to Australia.

Health Minister Greg Hunt

Government losing control as crisis tests basic skills and demands hard choices

The government is doing little to allay growing panic about the coronavirus crisis, both because it is failing to explain its strategy, and because it has been stuck in political mode for so long that the challenge of actual leadership may be beyond its reach.

The Diamond Princess sits docked in Circular Quay, Sydney in 2009 (Image: AAP/Paul Miller)

Robbing the young to save the oldies. Is that right?

We let poor kids die and no one seems to care. But when an 80-year-old dies on a cruise ship, it’s a global emergency.

The Heart Foundation’s (accidental) public health win

Controversy is a tried and true way to run an ad campaign landing a public health message in the mainstream.

FOI reveals that health agencies ignored My Health Record concerns

A report obtained by Crikey via freedom of information indicates that the government agencies in charge of My Health Record could have easily anticipated public concerns.

Australians living longer than ever — but girls’ suicide a looming concern

Despite the many epidemics we're said to be in the grip of, we continue to be healthier and live longer. But there are some concerning signs around suicide.