Below is a video of the full session from a community forum convened on Thursday 27 August by Health Issues Centre. Almost 100 people attended the HIC community forum “Are your COVID-19 concerns being heard?”, with another 39 unavailable to attend but registering their interest. A full report from the event is available here. View video - click on image below
The experts missing from the Covid conversation by Danny Vadasz CEO, Health Issues Centre There is a group of experts who have conspicuously been left out of the conversations that frame our strategic response to COVID-19. Experts who have just as much wisdom and insight to contribute as epidemiologists, health economists, emergency response specialists, politicians and policy advisors. Who are these highly qualified but unsung stakeholders? You! What makes you so special? Quite simply, only you appreciate how well-intentioned public health policies work (or don’t) in the real world because that’s where you live. And that sets you apart. Do health [...]
Will the road to recovery be paved with casualties? View and download report here: Forum #3 report The third of our COVID-19 community forums was held just before the uptick in community transmission rates caused the Victorian state government to selectively reimpose Stage 3 isolation restrictions. Interestingly, many of the issues raised by participants in the forum presaged the gaps and failures of policy that have now been identified as contributing to increased community transmission. This includes recognising the logistical (as distinct from behavioural) challenges of maintaining social distancing in public places, the absence of clarity and consistency on social restriction [...]
Will the road to recovery be paved with casualties? Almost 200 people attended the third and final online consumer forum in our three-part Covid-19 series. The unique events have provided hundreds of consumers with opportunities to engage in discussions about various aspects of the Covid-19 crisis. Outcomes have been made publicly available as well as circulated to key decision-makers as part of Health Issues Centre’s primary objective of ensuring consumers have a voice. Video the full video below.
By Danny Vadasz, Health Issue Centre CEO Published in Croakey as What's Missing from the Pandemic Toolkit We have embarked on the road to recovery with an arsenal of personal protection equipment comprising hand sanitizer, a measuring tape and an anti-dating app. What could possibly go wrong? We understand, and much of the general public support, the government’s pivot toward resuscitating the economy away from intubating the ill. If we want a quality of life that vaguely resembles all that we took for granted just three months ago, we need to reignite GDP growth with some conspicuous consumption. But balancing the [...]
Event Summary – Will the road to recovery be paved with casualties? Almost 200 people attended the third and final online consumer forum in our three-part Covid-19 series. The unique events have provided hundreds of consumers with opportunities to engage in discussions about various aspects of the Covid-19 crisis. Outcomes have been made publicly available as well as circulated to key decision-makers as part of Health Issues Centre’s primary objective of ensuring consumers have a voice. The final event was chaired by Health Issues Centre CEO Danny Vadasz and held against a backdrop of social unrest arising from Black Lives Matter [...]
Will the road to recovery be paved with casualties? Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, a behaviour change specialist and a leading Australian health economist will present at Health Issues Centre’s next consumer online forum in June. The event will provide a fascinating opportunity to dig into how Government policy is impacted by the foibles of human psychology and what this means for whether Australia’s recovery plan will stay on track – both in terms of the economy and human lives. In particular, the event will give consumers the opportunity to discuss with experts whether Australia’s recovery plan will come at a high [...]
Consumer online forum series A forum for the whole community to discuss the implications of the government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The third online consumer forum in our series will be held on Tuesday 16 June. Register: to save your place, click here. Will the Road to Recovery Be Paved With Casualties? Can we kickstart the economy without increasing infection risk? Will those at heightened risk need to double down on isolation? Is it time to roll out personal protection equipment? Now that the government is banking on a strategy of trace, track and treat to control community cluster outbreaks, it is [...]
Covid-19 community forum #2: COVIDSafe App and Telehealth Almost 300 people registered for an online forum on hosted by Health Issues Centre on May 7 to discuss the COVIDSafe App and Telehealth. The event intended to give community representatives of at-risk groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities and those with co-morbidities - as well as the general community - an opportunity to feed into the discussion. A video of the plenary session is linked below.
Forum #2 summary: Health Issues Centre consumer online forum series Trust, necessity and efficacy were the hot topics of the Health Issues Centre forum on the COVIDSafe App and Telehealth this week. Almost 300 people registered to attend the event, which was held online. Health Issues Centre CEO Danny Vadasz said the level of interest in the event demonstrated the need to provide alternative ways of engaging with the community during the Covid-19 Crisis. “A message that came through strongly from event participants is the need to involve the community in decision-making that affects them,” Mr Vadasz said. “At the peak [...]