Monthly media digest: January/February 2021

15 February 2021

A digest of college news coverage for January and February 2021

ANZCA President interviewed about rural doctor workforce 

Dr Vanessa Beavis was interviewed by The Australian for a page 2 article on 15 February "Calls for medical nashos in rural towns".

The article (paywalled) says the country’s peak medical colleges are almost united in their opposition to forcing aspiring specialists to undergo a mandatory placement in regional, rural or remote Australia.

ANZCA's EMAC course featured in ABC News Adelaide TV news report

SA fellow Dr Giresh Chandran, EMAC co-convenor, and anaesthesia trainee Dr Brianna White featured in an ABC Adelaide TV report on 13 February "South Australia gets state-of-the-art anaesthetic training centre".

The report focused on the EMAC course at the University of Adelaide simulation centre from 10-12 February. For decades, South Australian anaesthetists have had to travel interstate or overseas to complete their training in the specialty.

The University of Adelaide has opened a new simulation centre so participants can complete their training without having to travel interstate to other training facilities. 

Six local advanced trainees and provisional fellows were able to complete the EMAC training in Adelaide for the first time.

ANZCA Safety and Quality Chair Professor David Story interviewed about nebulisers and COVID-19 

Professor Story featured in a print and online article (paywalled) in the Herald Sun on 11 February following reports that a nebuliser is the likely cause of a hotel quarantine COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne.

Professor Story highlighted recent research by FANZCA Associate Professor Forbes McGain which revealed that aerosol spread from a nebuliser was 10,000 times more capable of spreading a virus than a cough. 

Professor Story told the Herald Sun that ICU specialists were very concerned about using nebulisers near patients who have known or suspected cases of COVID-19.

The article was syndicated to more than 30 online mastheads throughout Australia.


FANZCA Dr Andrew Huang writes about his experience as part of an organ retrieval team

Melbourne anaesthetist Dr Huang wrote a first person account about the challenges of organ retrieval on a healthcare worker on 8 February and this was published in the Medical Journal of Australia's Insight section. 

Dubbo anaesthetist recognised in Australia Day honours 

Dr David Schuster was featured in The Dubbo News and the Daily Telegraph on 26 January as a recipient of a member (AM) in the general division of the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine and the Dubbo community.

Australian anaesthetist working in San Francisco interviewed by ABC Radio Hobart  

FANZCA Dr Benn Lancman was interviewed on 6 January on ABC Radio Hobart about COVID-19 in California, his work in the Department of Anaesthesia at the University of California San Francisco, and his experience of being vaccinated against COVID-19 .

Dr Lancman has been living in San Francisco for several years.


Last updated 12:23 15.02.2021