In the rural South, chronic illnesses are common, the population is older and health care options have been declining as hospitals close. All put the population at higher risk from COVID-19.
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Southern governors are starting to reopen their economies at the same time COVID-19 cases are spreading through the rural South.
A nurse (left) operates a robot used to interact remotely with coronavirus patients while a physician looks on.
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Robots are helping health care workers and public safety officials more safely and quickly treat coronavirus patients and contain the pandemic. They have something in common: They're tried and tested.
A recent study suggested the coronavirus could spread up to four metres. But the evidence isn't strong enough to suggest we should change social distancing advice from 1.5 metres.
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The COVID-19 pandemic gives us a chance to improve our elective surgery system when it restarts.
As the number of people hospitalised with COVID 19 rises, so do the number of people wanting to visit their sick loved ones. Who can visit?
Rural communities have become resentful of city residents swooping in for food, medical supplies and shelter in vacation homes. We need a better strategy for allocating resources in the pandemic.
Fear of contracting coronavirus in hospital means people could be suffering in silence at home without getting the essential care they need.
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Buildings with lots of occupants such as tower blocks and hospitals could be a hidden risk in the battle against COVID-19.
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Trying to maximise lives saved will inevitably be contentious and imperfect.
A pregnant woman walks past a street mural in Hong Kong on March 23, 2020. With the coronavirus pandemic moving quickly, pregnant women are facing a changing health care system.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, pregnant women are facing new health risks and a health care system that's changing around them by the day.
Hospitals will need more space, staff and stuff as more people test positive to coronavirus. But hard decisions may have to be made if the health system gets overwhelmed with cases.
Australians should now be practising social distancing to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. By creating more space between yourself and others you decrease the risk of person-to-person…
The government will unveil on Wednesday a package of coronavirus health measures, including a network of respiratory clinics, a new Medicare item for tele-consultations, and a communications campaign.
We're likely to see more 'fever clinics' opening as coronavirus transmission takes hold in the community. But what are they? And do you need a fever to attend one?
The skylight of the Weskoppies Chapel in Pretoria.
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Pretoria's institutional buildings are majestic, but crumbling. Weskoppies, the first psychiatric hospital in the region, is a good example of the state of the city's heritage architecture.
There are three phases to Australia's response plan. The 'Initial Action' stage, the 'Targeted Action' stage, and finally, the 'Standdown' stage. Right now, we're in the first.
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We need to recapture the humanity of the NHS and make doctors feel more than grinding cogs in a brutal machine.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital uses evidence-based design to provide outside spaces with views that Indigenous people tell us they value.
Many Indigenous people tell us they find hospitals stressful, uncomfortable and alienating. Here's how good design can help.
This aquarium at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne helps reframe hospitals as exciting hubs of activity with things to do and friends to meet.
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The design of children's hospitals and other health facilities for young people have come a long way from the institutions of the past. Now, they're a place to reduce stress and support mental health.
The grand facade of Sydney’s Rum Hospital did little to improve patients’ accommodation.
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Australia's hospitals have come a long way from the huts of convict times to the well thought-out spaces we see today.