COVID-19 is officially a pandemic: What that means and why it isn’t as hopeless as it sounds

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) (quoted throughout), has officially named the COVID-19 virus a pandemic in a speech delivered late last week. What does this mean? The word … Continue reading COVID-19 is officially a pandemic: What that means and why it isn’t as hopeless as it sounds

Australian Government Response to COVID-19: Announced 11th March 2020

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. On March 11th, the Australian federal government released its ‘Coronavirus Health Support Package’ as a response to the ongoing public health crisis of COVID-19. The package involves a $2.4 billion investment in a range of … Continue reading Australian Government Response to COVID-19: Announced 11th March 2020

COVID-19: What we know so far

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. It is the 11th of March, three months after the novel coronavirus was isolated from patients who reported in Hubei province China. The first fatal case was reported on the 11th of January 2020 and … Continue reading COVID-19: What we know so far

Anecdotes of how Australian are responding to COVID-19: Rational?

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. There has been significant media coverage on the impact of the COVID-19 is having with regards to individual consumers’ behaviour. Stories are rampant of people hoarding supplies from toilet paper to rice to face masks … Continue reading Anecdotes of how Australian are responding to COVID-19: Rational?

The Economic Cost of the Coronavirus

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the CoVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. CoVID-19, or Coronavirus as it is more commonly known, is at the centre of an ongoing global health crisis. CoVID-19 is actually a novel strain from the same family of viruses that includes MERS and … Continue reading The Economic Cost of the Coronavirus

The Real Cost of Accessing Linked Health Data: A Case Study

This blog was originally featured as a guest post on the blog for Flying Blind Volume 2: Australian Researchers and Digital Health: https://flyingblind.cmcrc.com/researchers/ethics-quagmire-case-studies Overview The value of linking health data for research purposes is well documented. However, the process of applying for linked health data for research is a time consuming and demanding exercise. The … Continue reading The Real Cost of Accessing Linked Health Data: A Case Study

Prevalence and Impact of Drug and Alcohol Use by Young People in Australia

Drug and alcohol use is major cause of disease burden in Australian youth Alcohol and illicit drug use is well-publicised in media and culture as part of the lives of many adult Australians, but these behaviours are not limited to older adults. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs is a common … Continue reading Prevalence and Impact of Drug and Alcohol Use by Young People in Australia