Monthly media digest: July/August
A digest of college news coverage for July/August 2021.
The LOLIPOP trial
Anaesthetist Professor Tomas Corcoran was interviewed on ABC Padio Perth on 26 July about the Long-term Outcomes of Lidocaine Infusions for persistent PostOperative Pain (LOLIPOP) study in patients undergoing breast cancer surgery.
It is estimated that nearly half of breast cancer patients experience some chronic pain after surgery. The five year study will administer lidocaine intravenously to patients during and up to 24 hours after breast cancer surgery.
The ANZCA Clinical Trials Network secured $4.3 million from the national Medical Research Future Fund to perform a clinical trial in 4400 patients undergoing breast cancer surgery.
Infectious trail of a medical trailblazer
FANZCA Dr Christine Ball's account of Dr Joseph Glover The Chloroformist as a medical trailblazer in anaesthesia has had positive reviews in Australian media.
The Australian's Gideon Haigh reviewed the book in a 1000 word review on 24 July, describing it as "...like a successful procedure: you come out from it feeling better than ever." The review reached an audience of 115,000 people.
The Canberra Times also ran a 450 word review on 17 July with Frank O'Shea writing: "The author, herself an anaesthetist at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, stresses his gentleness and the importance he placed on putting the patient at ease."
Postcode lottery of chronic pain
FPM Dean Associate Professor Mick Vagg and FPM fellow Dr Diarmuid McCoy were interviewed for an ABC online article on 10 July about the disparity between pain specialist services in urban areas compared to those offered for residents living in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.
As leaders in pain treatment Associate Professor Vagg and Dr McCoy say despite there being millions of people who suffer from chronic pain across the country, the specialty is under-resourced.
Christchurch fellow Dr Wayne Morriss on COVID-19 response in Fiji
Dr Wayne Morriss featured on Radio New Zealand’s flagship current affairs programme Morning Report on 2 July. He spoke about the work he was undertaking in Fiji as part of the Australian and New Zealand Medical Assistance Teams' COVID-19 response. He also featured on the TVNZ current affairs program Q & A on 4 July (49 minutes in on the episode) and again on Morning Report on 7 July on the growing death toll in the Pacific nation. As the death toll increased in Fiji, Dr Morriss appeared on TV3's AM program on 8 July forecasting more hositalisation and a health system under pressure.