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  1. CoronaCheck #32: Clive Palmer's 'ridiculous' hepatitis B comparison

    CoronaCheck #32: Clive Palmer's 'ridiculous' hepatitis B comparison

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    Professor Josh Davis, a senior principal research fellow at Menzies and former president of ASID, told Fact Check that comparing deaths from hepatitis B and COVID-19 was "ridiculous".

  2. Nevio Sarmento: Behind the frontline of the COVID-19 response

    Nevio Sarmento: Behind the frontline of the COVID-19 response

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    Nevio Sarmento is a microbiologist on the frontline of Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 response. He is also a PhD student at Menzies studying the serotypes of pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae) in pneumonia and malnourished children under five who are...

  3. Q&A with Ismael Barreto, a Menzies technical advisor in Timor-Leste

    Q&A with Ismael Barreto, a Menzies technical advisor in Timor-Leste

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    Ismael Barreto is a technical advisor for the COVID-19 laboratory response in Timor-Leste. He recently talked to us about his decision to return to Timor-Leste and his role in the response.

  4. Q&A with Menzies Fulbright scholar, Professor James Smith

    Q&A with Menzies Fulbright scholar, Professor James Smith

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    Prof James Smith has recently returned from his Fulbright Scholar Program in the US, providing insight into life during COVID-19 in the states.

  5. Pacific Beat | Timor-Leste faces dengue fight amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Pacific Beat | Timor-Leste faces dengue fight amid COVID-19 pandemic

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    Dr Josh Francis, who leads Timor-Leste programs at Menzies, said the country was in a strong position to respond to the pandemic due to its expertise in managing dengue.

  6. Dr Jennifer Yan: Responding across borders

    Dr Jennifer Yan: Responding across borders

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    Dr Jennifer Yan is a paediatrician and paediatric infectious diseases physician at Royal Darwin Hospital, as well as a senior research fellow at Menzies School of Health Research. At Menzies she leads projects in Timor-Leste with Dr Josh Francis,...

  7. Short courses really right for the times

    Short courses really right for the times

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    For pandemic-priority it is hard to beat the Menzies School of Health Research which newly offers, a graduate certificate in infectious disease prevention and control.

  8. An open letter from 119 scientists and researchers to The Lancet

    An open letter from 119 scientists and researchers to The Lancet

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    Signed by clinicians, medical researchers, statisticians, and ethicists from across the world, follows the publication of a paper on using hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.

  9. Aboriginal Health News Alert #75 - Corona virus and smoking news

    Aboriginal Health News Alert #75 - Corona virus and smoking news

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    Professor David Thomas says health staff can emphasise the research evidence of the benefits to stress management, mental health and well-being that come with successfully quitting smoking.

  10. Researchers: empowering First Nations communities on health is key in pandemic responses

    Researchers: empowering First Nations communities on health is key in pandemic responses

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    Kristy Crooks, PhD Candidate with the Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University. Kristy is a Euahlayi woman.

  11. Epidemiologist Dr Karen Dempsey - part of the NT COVID-19 response

    Epidemiologist Dr Karen Dempsey - part of the NT COVID-19 response

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    When Timor-Leste voted for independence in 1999, violence erupted in the small island nation. Many Timorese were evacuated to Darwin to escape the withdrawing Indonesian troops. The Northern Territory Centre for Disease Control (CDC) managed the diagnosis...

  12. Reimagining health education in remote communities

    Reimagining health education in remote communities

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    Pop-up labs have been transformed to encourage healthy lifestyles and teach communities about how to stay healthy during lock-down and beyond. HealthLAB, a Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) initiative, is a pop-up lab where you can have an...

  13. Dili laboratory begins testing for coronavirus independently

    Dili laboratory begins testing for coronavirus independently

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    In collaboration with Menzies, the National Health Laboratory in Timor-Leste has begun reporting results of COVID-19 tests independently.

  14. Q&A with Menzies endocrinologist, Professor Louise Maple-Brown

    Q&A with Menzies endocrinologist, Professor Louise Maple-Brown

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    Prof Louise Maple-Brown discusses new diabetes guidelines during COVID-19.

  15. More than 100 COVID-19 research projects across Australia from Medical Research Institutes

    More than 100 COVID-19 research projects across Australia from Medical Research Institutes

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    Across AAMRI’s members there are more than 100 research projects currently in progress relating to COVID-19, covering vaccines, drug trials, diagnostics, screening tests, mental health and indigenous health.

  16. The Magic Cure: A book to help Australian parents talk to kids about coronavirus

    The Magic Cure: A book to help Australian parents talk to kids about coronavirus

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    The Magic Cure, written by Professor Anna Ralph, tells the story of two human siblings, an elf, a wizard and the search for a cure for a mystery illness.

  17. ABC News: Impact of services to remote Indigenous communities

    ABC News: Impact of services to remote Indigenous communities

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    A/Prof Heidi Smith-Vaughan, leads a mobile educational training service team in Darwin called Healthlab. She says while coronavirus has restricted travel, social media has opened up access to communities.

  18. Australian doctors aid Timor Leste in COVID-19 fight

    Australian doctors aid Timor Leste in COVID-19 fight

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    Australian doctors have joined the fight against COVID-19 in Timor-Leste in a bid to prevent devastation in one of South-East Asia's most vulnerable countries.

  19. Australian doctor in East Timor warns of impact coronavirus could have if it spreads there

    Australian doctor in East Timor warns of impact coronavirus could have if it spreads there

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    An Australian doctor on the frontline of treating COVID-19 in East Timor, has called on his trust in God to help him, warning of the “devastating” impact if the virus spreads in the vulnerable nation.

  20. Territory wins praise

    Territory wins praise

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    Prof Kelly spent nine years in the NT working as a principal research fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research, as well as with the Centre for Disease Control.

  21. RDH set to trial cocktail of drugs

    RDH set to trial cocktail of drugs

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    Menzies researcher and Co-director of infectious diseases at Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospitals Dr Jane Davies said the two drugs have shown promising signs of working to fight the virus in test tubes.

  22. Australian doctors aim to stop COVID-19 from 'tearing through' Timor-Leste

    Australian doctors aim to stop COVID-19 from 'tearing through' Timor-Leste

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    Australian doctors have joined the fight against COVID-19 in Timor-Leste in a bid to prevent devastation in one of South-East Asia's most vulnerable countries.

  23. Play to Connect team adapts program to support remote communities during COVID

    Play to Connect team adapts program to support remote communities during COVID

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    The Play to Connect team work with parents and children aged between three and seven to learn about child development through creative child-led play.

  24. Trump’s Faulty Malaria-Coronavirus Connection

    Trump’s Faulty Malaria-Coronavirus Connection

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    President Trump has suggested there are few novel coronavirus cases in “malaria countries” because of the use of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine.

  25. Expert opinion - Kidney disease and COVID-19

    Expert opinion - Kidney disease and COVID-19

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    For many years, experts at Menzies School of Health Research have contributed to the development and revision of national guidelines for health service delivery. The COVID-19 pandemic poses multiple challenges to how we deliver critical health services...

  26. The role of universities in times of national crisis

    The role of universities in times of national crisis

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    Edited excerpt: Associate Professor Erin Smith and Professor Ross Andrews discuss their role in the nation’s recent crises and the contribution that universities and researchers make to the nation during such times.

  27. Cancer and COVID-19 - What it means for our mob

    Cancer and COVID-19 - What it means for our mob

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    "Having cancer can be a stressful situation, made more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s really important for our Mob that we take particular care of ourselves, stay isolated as much as possible, especially if you are 50 or over...

  28. COVID-19 health messaging in language

    COVID-19 health messaging in language

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    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of Menzies researchers have developed a series of videos for people living in Aboriginal communities with health conditions such as chronic kidney, lung and/or heart disease. The videos encourage people to stay...

  29. The tobacco industry in the time of COVID-19: time to shut it down?

    The tobacco industry in the time of COVID-19: time to shut it down?

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    The world will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic changed. Phasing out cigarette sales would be an enormous long-term gain for public health.

  30. Q&A with infectious diseases expert Professor Josh Davis

    Q&A with infectious diseases expert Professor Josh Davis

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    Professor Josh Davis is a clinician researcher, and divides his time between clinical work as an infectious diseases physician in Newcastle, and research work as a senior principal research fellow based at Menzies. He is also the President of the...

  31. The answer to Indigenous vulnerability to coronavirus: a more equitable public health agenda

    The answer to Indigenous vulnerability to coronavirus: a more equitable public health agenda

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    Indigenous peoples over 50 have been directed to self-isolate, while for non-Indigenous people the age cut-off is 70. This is a reminder of the ongoing crisis of Indigenous health.

  32. Dr Lisa Whop - The answer to Indigenous vulnerability to COVID-19

    Dr Lisa Whop - The answer to Indigenous vulnerability to COVID-19

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    Dr Lisa Whop a senior research fellow at Menzies has collaborated with Dr Chelsea Bond a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland's School of Social Science to provide a thought provoking article addressing Indigenous vulnerability to...

  33. Strengthening family relationships through play

    Strengthening family relationships through play

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    Local Aboriginal implementation officers are delivering an innovative variation of the Play to Connect parenting program in Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands to support families through learning and play. The Menzies Play to Connect team works with parents and...

  34. Researchers call for stronger regulation of online gambling industry in the NT

    Researchers call for stronger regulation of online gambling industry in the NT

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    Dear Minister Fyles - Please see the attached letter from a group of public health researchers concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on patterns of gambling, and in particular, online gambling.

  35. A political impasse in Timor-Leste as coronavirus looms

    A political impasse in Timor-Leste as coronavirus looms

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    Despite the political impasse, preparations for their COVID-19 response by the interim government and President have been systematic and reassuring.

  36. Rapid regional assistance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response Planning

    Rapid regional assistance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response Planning

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    The Australian Government is working closely with partners to support a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Pacific.

  37. Australia helps Timor-Leste to prepare for COVID-19

    Australia helps Timor-Leste to prepare for COVID-19

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    Australia is supporting Timor-Leste to be prepared in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19.

  38. Capacity building in Timor-Leste

    Capacity building in Timor-Leste

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    Menzies has had a key role in helping the Ministry of Health in Timor-Leste prepare for the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak through health systems strengthening. Currently, Timor-Leste has only one confirmed case of COVID-19, however an outbreak could...

  39. Demands Grow to Shut Down Pokies

    Demands Grow to Shut Down Pokies

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    Pressure is building for poker machine venues to be closed. A number of public health and gambling experts made the call almost a week ago and yet slot machine venues remain open across Tasmania.

  40. Researcher profile | Thank you Dr Jane Davies

    Researcher profile | Thank you Dr Jane Davies

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    Dr Jane Davies, was instrumental in establishing the Menzies collaborative hepatitis B research program in the Northern Territory. Dr Davies is also the co-Director of Infectious Diseases at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH), and has been an integral part of...