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Lengthy waits for cataract surgery led to injuries, falls

Lengthy waits for cataract surgery led to injuries, falls

Doctors say the research highlights the need for elective surgery to continue as the pandemic again affects hospitals’ ability to tackle the procedure backlog.

  • by Mary Ward

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COVID mantra of ‘personal responsibility’ is fine – in theory

COVID mantra of ‘personal responsibility’ is fine – in theory

Victorians are now “strongly encouraged” to do the right thing themselves: mask up, use a RAT when unwell and stay home if sick or a test is positive. But personal responsibility has limits.

  • by Emma King
Measuring Melbourne’s mood as the city weathers another COVID winter

Measuring Melbourne’s mood as the city weathers another COVID winter

We’re tired of what we’ve been through. Tired worrying about what might be to come. And while few think we are going back to lockdowns and mask mandates, we’re facing the reality that any hopes the pandemic was over were wishful thinking.

  • by Neil McMahon
Doctors demand end to ‘culture of cover up’ after string of patient deaths
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Doctors demand end to ‘culture of cover up’ after string of patient deaths

Speaking up about preventable patient deaths can be a career-ending move, senior doctors tell the Herald.

  • by Carrie Fellner
Australia’s current approach to COVID embodies a simple contradiction

Australia’s current approach to COVID embodies a simple contradiction

As a nation, Australians love following rules, but it seems no level of government is willing to pull the lever to tackle the impending COVID wave.

  • by Waleed Aly
COVID caution can be a win for both public health and business

COVID caution can be a win for both public health and business

We don’t have to choose between health or the economy in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, it has been shown time and time again that controlling disease transmission leads to better economic outcomes.

  • by Hassan Vally
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Your responsibility: The best advice on ... masks
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Your responsibility: The best advice on ... masks

What can we do as individuals to combat the winter COVID-19 wave? In the first part of our special series, the health team asks experts for the best advice on masks.

  • by Melissa Cunningham and Timna Jacks
‘Our stomachs churn with anger’: Simple operation ended Heather Smith’s life

‘Our stomachs churn with anger’: Simple operation ended Heather Smith’s life

Three independent surgeons have delivered a scathing assessment of the medical treatment of Heather Smith, who died after complications from routine surgery.

  • by Carrie Fellner
NSW COVID-19 reinfection period reduced from 12 weeks to four

NSW COVID-19 reinfection period reduced from 12 weeks to four

The reduced infection period means people who have previously had COVID-19 will be required to test again after 28 days if still experiencing symptoms.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
‘We are just going to be drowning’: Elective surgery delays projected to rise

‘We are just going to be drowning’: Elective surgery delays projected to rise

Victoria’s public hospitals are preparing to suspend parts of their elective surgery programs to cope with a fresh surge in coronavirus hospitalisations.

  • by Melissa Cunningham, Timna Jacks and Paul Sakkal
From the Archives, 1976: Millions strike to defend Medibank

From the Archives, 1976: Millions strike to defend Medibank

In 1976, over 2,500,000 Australians participated in a 24-hour nationwide strike to protest at planned changes to the Medibank system of universal healthcare.

  • by Vincent Basile and John Rentsch