Three infection prevention and control experts break down Victoria's new hotel quarantine system.
The system for investigating police misconduct, corruption and criminality in Victoria is hopelessly flawed. A culture of integrity within police will take time to build.
We're on the road again. Getting enough COVID-19 vaccine to where it's needed in a given time frame is the next logistical hurdle.
Victoria has achieved a remarkable thing. But the virus has not been eradicated. The question then becomes, how well can the state deal with new outbreaks?
The Victorian government has announced a pilot program to provide sick and carer's leave for casual workers.
The shortfall of social housing has built up over decades. Even after the building program is complete, the gap between housing supply and the numbers on waiting lists will still be huge.
While Chief Scientist Alan Finkel's review of contact tracing only briefly mentions digital methods, it's crucial Australia invests in an automated system.
The evidence about how COVID spreads, taken with the lack of transmission in Victoria, is cause for a rethink. A sensible approach may be to keep masks mandatory indoors – but to relax the rules outside.
It's not just because of higher exposure to traumatic events. It's also toxic workplace culture and harmful management practices.
Justice Jennifer Coate's first report into the bungled hotel quarantine in Victoria maps out how processes can be changed to make sure it never happens again.
A designated coronavirus hospital would relieve pressure on the state's health-care system and minimise the spread of the virus, but there are a few things to consider.
Ideally, I'd wait until there's zero community transmission before reopening borders. But I think the risk of a substantial outbreak is low.
It's important patients taking prescribed medicinal cannabis products are not unduly penalised. But it's equally important we minimise the chance drivers put themselves or other road users at risk.
There is cause for optimism. But now the pendulum swings towards individuals taking responsibility for managing risks, rather than government telling you what you can and can’t do.
How does Victoria’s response to a second COVID-19 wave compare internationally? Very favourably - only a handful of other jurisdictions have enjoyed anything like the same level of effectiveness.
The government has boosted funding for mental health services in light of the pandemic. But will these extra services get to where they are most needed?
A previous version of Melbourne's COVID roadmap flagged an exclusive bubble between two households. The new plan allows residents to have two adult visitors per day, which is far riskier.
A major review on sex work laws has just been handed to the Victorian government.
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Melbourne could be out of lockdown within a week, if COVID-19 case numbers continue their current trend. But blanket rules such as the new 25km travel radius risk unnecessarily burdening the public.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dangers of unhealthy workplaces and disempowered workers.