Monthly media digest: March 2020
A digest of college news coverage from March 2020.
Ventilator research and manufacturing
Professor Dave Story was interviewed for a Guardian Australia podcast and online article on the mechanics of intubation and how ventilators work on March 31. He was also interviewed for Ten News Melbourne and Channel Seven news reports on April 10 about how the Centre for Integrated Critical Care is working with engineering company Grey Innovation to manufacture 2000 ventilators in two months.
COVID-19 and elective surgery
ANZCA President Dr Rod Mitchell was interviewed on March 26 by ABC Radio Melbourne's newsroom about the need to cancel all non-urgent elective surgery. Audio segments were broadcast in ABC Radio Melbourne news bulletins, 12 regional stations and on Radio National. Dr Mitchell was also interviewed on March 27 by Melbourne's top-rating Radio 3AW Breakfast program and ABC Radio Melbourne's Drive program on the same issue. Dr Mitchell was also interviewed for ABC News Radio on March 29 for a seven minute segment.
Operating on patients with Covid-19 another curve ball - anaesthetist
On Radio NZ's news on March 27, Auckland anaesthetist and pain specialist Dr Leinani Aiono-le Tagaloa, shared her experience of what happens when a health system gets overwhelmed, and how she's preparing for the curve balls Covid-19 may throw.
ANZCA councillor Dr Sean McManus and how the COVID-19 virus will impact on regional hospitals
Dr McManus was interviewed by ABC regional journalist Jess Davis for an ABC Saturday AM segment and an ABC online article about the impact of the coronavirus on Australia's regional hospitals on March 14.
ANZCA President Dr Rod Mitchell interviewed about the ASM
Dr Mitchell was interviewed by Grant McArthur, medical editor of the Herald Sun, for an article on Friday March 13 about whether the ANZCA ASM would be cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Mitchell said the cancellation was under consideration by the college leadership.