14 Aug 2020

From the Frontline: Clinical impacts of COVID-19 webinar success

L-R: (top) Moderator Steve Jane, panellists Anneke van der Walt and Jane Fisher; bottom row Julian Elliott and Merlin Thomas. See the event video
The From the Frontline: Clinical Impacts of COVID-19 webinar series kicked off on Wednesday night 12 August 2020 with great success.

Hosted by Prof Stephen Jane, the event saw Prof Jane Fisher and A/Prof Julian Elliott from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine join Diabetes researcher Prof Merlin Thomas and Neurologist A/Prof Anneke van der Walt from Central Clinical School, to provide their latest learnings about the virus.

Merlin also featured in a special Q&A with ABC Radio 774's Virginia Trioli in advance of the From the Frontline: Clinical Impacts of COVID-19 webinar on Wednesday morning. He and fellow panellist Julian Elliott spoke with Virginia, and you can listen to the episode here (start at 2hrs 4mins 30sec).

In the webinar, Jane delivered an update on her major online survey exploring the mental health impacts of COVID-19 restrictions, while Julian talked about how the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce creates rapidly updated clinical guidelines. Merlin spoke about the physiology of the virus and how a cleverly designed vaccine could prevent it from entering the body, and Anneke explained how the clinical care of Multiple Sclerosis patients is being adapted to meet their needs during restrictions.

Over 1,500 registrants dialled in for the event, with clinicians and health professionals working for private and public health service providers, Commonwealth and State health departments, pharma, insurance, research and patient advocacy groups all well represented among them.

If you missed it, you can see the recording on Youtube, and read this event wrap-up on the faculty website. The organising team are planning future webinars in this series featuring nurses and allied health professionals from across the Faculty, providing unique perspectives on dealing with COVID-19 on the frontline. And a reminder that Jane's mental health survey is still recruiting here.

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