Monthly media digest: June 2020

A digest of college news coverage from June 2020

President interviewed about elective surgery

Dr Beavis was interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald about elective surgery waiting lists on 17 June and proposals to expand operating hours in NSW to clear the backlog. Dr Beavis stressed that patient safety needed to be considered and a long term sustainable plan needed.


FPM Dean Associate Professor Mick Vagg was interviewed by The Medical Republic  for an article on 15 June about the faculty’s $A1.2 million grant from the Therapeutic Goods Authority to expand the Better Pain Management e-learning opioid modules for GPs and other health practitioners. He also featured in an ABC multi-platform package of stories highlighting an opioids educational video produced by the faculty with NPS MedicineWise.

COVID-19 study 

ANZCA fellow and anaesthesia researcher Professor Paul Myles and ANZCA’s Clinical Trials Network featured in an article in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald Thousands of elective surgery patients to be screened for COVID-19" on 13 June which highlighted a new research project across 14 Australian public and private hospital testing sites initiated by a national elective surgery taskforce. The article, which also ran online in WA Today and the Brisbane Times websites reached an audience of 900,000 people. 

Fellow Associate Professor Justin Skowno interviewed for 60 Minutes

Associate Professor Skowno was interviewed for a 60 Minutes segment on the Nine Network on 7 June that examined the gas pipeline tragedy at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in 2016. Associate Professor Skowno said oxygen deprivation could result in irreversible brain damage in newborns.The program reached an audience of 1.2 million people.

Last updated 09:08 30.06.2020