Monthly media digest: May/June 2022
27 May 2022
A digest of college news coverage for May/June 2022
Why women are baffling anaesthesia experts
FANZCA Professor Robert Sanders was interviewed on radio 2GB Sydney's afternoon program hosted by Deborah Knight on 25 May about his research study on connected consciousness.
The 10 minute interview reached an audience of 50,000 people.
New dean features on RNZ
FPM Dean Dr Kieran Davis told Radio New Zealand Nights presenter Bryan Crump, on 9 May he wants to see a more equitable service for the one in five Kiwis who suffer from chronic pain.
In a wide-ranging interview, Dr Davis talked about the Expert Advisory Group's work with the Ministry of Health and hopes that pain clinics will be integral in the New Zealand health reforms.
New hope to beat nerve pain
Immediate past FPM dean, Associate Professor Michael Vagg was interviewed by the Geelong Advertiser and Cosmos magazine for a 6 May article about new research into pain relief by the CSIRO.
A/Prof Vagg said the new research investigating anti depressants and nerve pain helps open up the possibility of a new class of better drugs.
Researchers have shown how tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) work against nerve pain, also known as neuropathic pain, paving the way for further research and therapies.
Although TCAs are listed as drug treatments of choice for neuropathic pain in the Australian Medical Handbook, how they work to limit pain has not been fully understood, until now.
MJA Insight also published an article featuring an interview with A/Prof Vagg on 16 May.
ASM: Gender in clinical research
Professor Kate Leslie was interviewed by ABC Radio news about her ASM presentation on Tuesday 3 May.
News audio "grabs" of Professor Leslie were used from 6.30am (AEST) news broadcasts through to 1pm in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Perth, Darwin, Alice Spring, Canberra, Brisbane and Hobart reaching nearly 200,000 people.
ASM: Surgery shock in kids
ANZCA’s 31 April media release
on sleep disturbances in children based on Dr Vivian Liang’s trainee research prize paper was followed up by Herald Sun
medical editor Grant McArthur for a page 21 lead article in the Sunday Herald Sun
on 1 May and this reached nearly 800,000 people.
The article was also syndicated to the Sunday Tasmanian
where it ran on page 3.
ASM: Epidural injustice
Dr Ian Maddox’s SIG STAT obstetric anaesthesia session on Sunday 1 May was previewed as an exclusive page 3 report “Perth anaesthetist Ian Maddox says women in childbirth not being prioritised properly for pain relief” by journalist Kate Emery in the WA Sunday Times
on 1 May.
The paywalled article
was also syndicated to another 16 WA online news outlets including the Kalgoorlie Miner
, the Bunbury Herald
, the Broome Advertiser
and the Albany Advertiser
and reached a combined print and online audience of more than 700,000 people. You can read the media release here