Monthly media digest: April 2020

A digest of college news coverage from April 2020.

Working on the COVID-19 frontline

Westmead Hospital anaesthetist Dr Kanan Shah was profiled in a Vogue Australia feature article that highlighted the role of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elective surgery

ANZCA President Dr Rod Mitchell has featured in several broadcast and print articles responding to elective surgery and fit testing issues following the release of the college's joint statement with RACS welcoming the Australian Government's resumption of elective surgery.

He was interviewed for the ABC’s national AM program on 20 April on elective surgery and why its resumption needs to be carefully controlled and monitored. This reached an audience of 450,000 people. He was also interviewed by ABC Radio Melbourne's morning host Virginia Trioli on 21 April in a five minute interview which reached an audience of 140,000 people.

ANZCA was also referenced in several online print and online articles in News Limited publications on 21 April about our support of controlled elective surgery. This included a Herald Sun page one article.

News bulletins on radio stations 3AW in Melbourne, 6PR in Perth and 4BC in Brisbane and regional stations also broadcast audio grabs of Dr Mitchell  in their news bulletins on 21 April.

He was also interviewed for Channel Seven Melbourne on 19 April via zoom for a news report on elective surgery.

Other media included an article in the Weekend Australian Financial Review on 18 April (paywalled) following our joint elective surgery statement with RACS on 17 April. Dr Mitchell also featured in an online Guardian Australia article on fit testing and why it’s important.

ABC news bulletins nationally also ran audio interviews on 18 April with Dr Mitchell. The segments were broadcast on ABC news bulletins in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide and dozens of regional ABC stations. 

New ANZCA councillor Dr Tanya Selak profiled

Newly elected ANZCA councillor, Wollongong anaesthetist Dr Tanya Selak, was profiled in a 950 word article in the Illawarra Mercury on April 15. The article included a page one photograph of Dr Selak.

PPE supply in Australia  

ANZCA President Dr Rod Mitchell was interviewed by ABC Radio Sydney on April 10 for radio news bulletins about the supply of PPE in Australia and whether it had improved. ABC Radio Sydney and ABC regional radio stations ran audio segments on April 11.

Specialist anaesthetist Dr Michelle Mulligan on frontline of COVID response   

Sydney Royal North Shore Hospital specialist anaesthetist and former ANZCA councillor Dr Michelle Mulligan was profiled in a 2000 word article in the Australian Financial Review on 9 April. Dr Mulligan has overseen the super fast set-up of a new High Dependency Unit at the hospital in preparation for an influx of COVID-19 cases.

Hood of hope for COVID-19 patients

Melbourne FANZCA Associate Professor Forbes McGain featured in a page one article and photo in the Herald Sun on April 9 for his work with engineers developing a protective hood for COVID-19 patients in just 12 days. The 350 word article (paywalled) reached an audience of over 300,000 people.

Last updated 09:08 30.06.2020