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Professor•Anesthesiologist•Fulbright Scholar MBBS PhD MPH PGDipEcho FANZCA GAICD•she/her #preeclampsia #physiology #science #equity #freedom
Aug 24, 2020 7 tweets 4 min read
What happens if you do not pass #fittesting & there’s no safe face #mask for you to wear in #hospital #workplace #covid19vic #hcw @amavictoria

10 Questions:

1. What are your rights?

2. Will you be redeployed to a job that is safe for you away from clinical work?

3. Will you be asked by your line manager, boss, admin person to take leave?

4. What if you have no paid leave to take, or don’t want to go on leave?

Aug 21, 2020 15 tweets 15 min read
Lessons Learnt From #Publichealth

We see the pattern globally over & over again of governments not taking a strong #humanitarian leadership stand & the devastation it causes a group of people

Unfortunately the treatment of #HCW in #COVID19vic is now an example

#publichealth aims to improve health of all members of society through equitable distribution & utilisation of goods & services

Programs to improve health are only as good as the government & rule of law they operate under: sustainable +ve change comes from wise leadership

Aug 11, 2020 11 tweets 6 min read

Many healthcare worker infections in Victoria will be due to workplace #occupationalexposure to #SARSCoV2

This has been acknowledged by Premier, Health Minister & Chief Health Officer
@VictorianCHO @JennyMikakos @DanielAndrewsMP @AndrewWilsonCMO
Workplace exposure to a preventable biohazard which leads to sickness should be thought of as a significant workplace “injury”

The worker went to work well and came home sick (incubating the virus)

Aug 9, 2020 13 tweets 5 min read
Couple of important messages for #nurses #doctors other #HCW #COVID19 #covid19vic #PPE #occupationalexposure #safeworkplaces #SARSCoV2 #biohazard

1. Always remember basics of infection control

2. Keep a daily diary of your experiences (if you haven’t already)

The Basics

- keep hair short and tied back
- be clean shaven
- don’t wear any jewellery
- wear nothing below your elbows
- keep fingernails very short
- meticulous hand washing/cleaning

Mar 29, 2020 12 tweets 5 min read
MYTH BUSTER: #anaesthesia & #anaesthetists are hard words to say (I’m one & have trouble!) & people are sometimes confused about what we do (even other doctors!) and that’s fair enough, but we are way more than just people who “put you to sleep” for your surgery #covid19aus 1/ It’s better to think of us as #anesthesiologists (with an american accent!) like they say in the US. We are medical specialists. We have a medical degrees & a specialist qualification, are highly trained having done continuous training until we are often at least 30 years old 2/