Media digest: November 2021
A digest of college news coverage from November 2021
FPM Dean A/Prof Mick Vagg comments on opioid prescribing post-surgery in The Guardian
A/Prof Vagg was interviewed by Guardian Australia science writer Donna Lu on 18 November about a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study that compared the effectiveness of strong and mild pain relief on patients at a NSW hospital.
Research honours for ANZCA and FPM fellows
FANZCAs Professor Paul Myles (Monash University, Alfred Health) and Associate Professor Craig French (Western Health) have been named as the top researchers in their fields of anaesthesiology and critical care in The Australian newspaper's Research 2021 (paywall) list of the top 250 researchers on 10 November.
FPM fellow Professor Michael Nicholas (University of Sydney) was singled out as the top researcher in the field of pain and pain management.
FANZCA Prof Craig French tells of the abuse frontline COVID ward health workers are experiencing
Associate Professor French was interviewed by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald for a feature article on 7 November describing how frontline staff at Western Health in Melbourne have been verbally abused by patients and families of patients who do not believe in either COVID-19 or the vaccine.
“It has been incredibly challenging and distressing,” Western Health intensive care director Craig French said.
“Patients and their families have expressed the belief that they don’t have COVID, it’s not real to them, even though they are critically ill or somebody they love is very, very sick.”
NZ fellow Dr Morgan Edwards features in magazine profile
ANZCA fellow, obstetric anaesthetist Dr Morgan Edwards of North Shore Hospital in Auckland is an Instagram sensation
with more than 45 thousand people following her pregnancy and health posts. Woman
magazine featured an article on Dr Edwards and on 2 November Stuff
reprinted it with the headline Meet Dr Morgan Edwards, the Kiwi doctor busting Covid myths online