Monthly media digest: October 2020
A digest of college news coverage from October 2020
Clinicians warn of suffering from gaps in NZ pain services
The Faculty of Pain Medicine's NZ Committee chair Dr Tipu Aamir was interviewed by Radio New Zealand for an article and radio report on 22 October about the gap in chronic pain services in New Zealand.
"We should have ideally 50; we have only 15 positions. So that gives you an idea of how far back we are," he said.
FPM Dean Associate Professor Michael Vagg featured on ABC radio's national evening Nightlife program on 19 October discussing chronic pain, opioids and pain medicine. The Dean took questions from listeners during the 50 minute segment which reached an audience of 325,000 people.
National Anaesthesia Day
The #NAD20 #AlwaysReady video created by the department of anaesthesia at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital featured on Nine News Brisbane's evening news on 15 October ahead of National Anaesthesia Day. The "exclusive" broadcast of the video attracted more than 200,000 viewers.
Bendigo health clinic fights pain
FPM fellow Dr Kim Hattingh was featured in an article in the Bendigo Advertiser on 15 October explaining why opioid management is so important for patients.
COVID-19 and healthcare workers
Melbourne fellow Associate Professor Alicia Dennis was interviewed by ABC online for a 14 October article that examined Australian healthcare workers’ responses to the pandemic and the consequences of COVID-19 in their hospitals. She told the ABC that it was more difficult to provide patient-centred and personalised care during a pandemic.
N95 mask supplies in Victoria
ANZCA's Safety and Quality Chair Professor David Story was interviewed about the supply of N95 masks in Victorian hospitals for an article "Thousands of healthcare workers could be wearing ill-fitting masks" in The Age on 1 October.
The article notes there is ongoing anxiety among doctors about the adequacy of Victoria's supplies of PPE.