• Looking back to glimpse the future

    Open Forum     |      June 13, 2020

    Monash historians and archaeologists take the opportunity to look at precedents for our current situation and find some consolation in our forebears’ pathways to recovery from the pandemic.

  • Wearing masks will help society recover

    Open Forum     |      June 7, 2020

    The World Health Organisation has reversed its earlier advice and now encourages everyone to wear a mask while outside. Wearing masks on public transport is now compulsory in many countries, and Australia should follow suit.

  • Doctor WHO to the rescue?

    Alison Duxbury     |      June 3, 2020

    While Scott Morrison’s suggestion that the World Health Organization might investigate disease outbreaks like weapons inspectors is interesting, there would be obvious problems with implementing it in reality.

  • Could wealth hidden in tax havens help pay for COVID-19?

    Rodney Brown     |      May 27, 2020

    Late last month, Denmark, France and Poland banned companies registered in tax havens from receiving government COVID-19 bailouts. Should Australia do the same?

  • Can a vaccine be found against COVID-19?

    Open Forum     |      May 23, 2020

    As COVID-19 restrictions ease, medical scientists across the globe are searching for potential vaccines against the deadly virus, but there’s no certainty that one will ever be found, and if one is, it may not happen quickly.

  • It’s not a walk in the park from here

    Richard Holden     |      May 18, 2020

    Government rules do more than simply define what is permissible. They also signal information that influences public behaviour in other areas of life, and so messaging over opening up society again must be mindful of its consequences.

  • A light in the darkness

    Annie Butler     |      May 12, 2020

    Australian and New Zealand nurses are asking everyone to light a candle at 7 pm tonight, Tuesday 12th of May, to commemorate their brave colleagues around the world who have lost their lives to COVID-19 while caring for others.

  • The return of the ‘Iron Lung’?

    Angelo Morella     |      May 11, 2020

    Could the use of “Iron lung” ventilators reduce ventilator-associated complications and the death rate in the most severely affected Covid-19 patients?

  • We need an international inquiry into COVID-19

    Michael Shoebridge     |      May 10, 2020

    It’s time to take the global debate about the pandemic out of the hands of Beijing and Washington and reclaim it for the 6.08 billion people who do not live in China or the US.

  • Is the lockdown doing more harm than good?

    Ramesh Thakur     |      May 9, 2020

    It’s better to control the timing, sequence and pace at which restrictions are eased, with built-in flexibility to bring some back should infection numbers shoot up again, than to lose control of the agenda.

  • Working out how to fight COVID together

    Open Forum     |      May 5, 2020

    Social and behavioural sciences can help us get the most out of the COVID-19 regulations, according to Aussie and international researchers who have listed some recommendations for different stages of the pandemic.

  • Give Victorians the facts on the abattoir outbreak

    Clare Tanner     |      May 4, 2020

    The Victorian government’s refusal to name the meat-packing plant at the centre of a COVID-19 hotspot places the public at risk, and threatens to erode the mutual trust required to fight the pandemic together.