Monthly media digest: August 2020
A digest of college news coverage from August 2020
Perioperative medicine research
Perth anaesthetist, Dr Hamish Mace, was interviewed by the host of ABC Radio National’s Health Report Dr Norman Swan on 31 August about perioperative medicine research at Fiona Stanley Hospital. The research highlighted the clinical and cost benefits of iron infusions for patients with anaemia in the weeks leading up to surgery.
ANZCA urges action on PPE and fit-testing
President Vanessa Beavis has written to all Australian state and federal health ministers urging action on PPE and fit-testing. The chair of ANZCA's Safety and Quality Committee Professor David Story was interviewed in The Age
about the letter for an article "Medicos concerned about ill-fitting masks as infections spiral" on 16 August which ran in both print and online. The article was syndicated to the Sydney Morning Herald
, WA Today,
and the Brisbane Times
reaching an audience of nearly 800,000 people.
PPE supply in Victorian hospitals
The Chair of ANZCA’s Safety and Quality Committee Professor David Story was interviewed by Australian Associated Press on 8 August about the issue of fit testing and PPE supply in Victoria’s hospitals which are now dealing with a second wave of COVID-19 infections. The article was syndicated to 32 online media outlets across Australia.
Associate Professor Alicia Dennis co-authored an article “PPE unmasked: why healthcare workers in Australia are inadequately prepared against coronavirus” in The Conversation on 4 August.
The other side of catastrophe
Perth fellow Dr Bruce Powell was interviewed by ABC Perth radio host Geoff Hutchinson on 3 August about his life changing cycling accident. Dr Powell was featured in the Autumn 2020 edition of the ANZCA Bulletin.