Croakey Voices

Check out the new podcast from Croakey News – journalist Cate Carrigan takes you behind some of the latest news. You’ll meet people passionate about public health and health equity.

Episodes

Episode 7: Prisons and Pandemic: A Time to Reform?

 

What are the chances of reform to the prison system in the wake of COVID-19?

In the second of two #CroakeyVOICES podcasts funded by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, Associate Professor Megan Williams, the Research Lead and Assistant Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at The University of Sydney, and Cate Carrigan look at calls for prison reform in the wake of COVID-19.

Contact CroakeyVoices via: Email: cate.carrigan1@gmail.com Twitter: @croakeyvoices @CateeC

For more information on the #JusticeCOVID project, see the stories published to date, read this media statement and follow the news at the #JusticeCOVID Facebook page.


Episode 6: Prisons and the anxiety of the silent invader #JusticeCOVID

 

Around the world, the novel coronavirus has spread rapidly throughout many prisons, and in Australia prisoners and their families are anxious about the potential threat from outbreaks here, especially for First Nations inmates.

In the first of two #CroakeyVOICES podcasts funded by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, Associate Professor Megan Williams, the Research Lead and Assistant Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at The University of Sydney, and Cate Carrigan look at the impact of the pandemic on prisoners and their families.

We also hear an excerpt from the Ear Hustle Podcast from San Quentin Prison, California.

Contact CroakeyVoices via:
Email: cate.carrigan1@gmail.com
Twitter: @croakeyvoices @CateeC

For more information on the JusticeCOVID project, read this media statement and follow the news at the #JusticeCOVID Facebook page.


Episode 5: The Second Curve – the risk to mental health

 

 

As infection rates decline across Australia and social distancing rules are relaxed, mental health experts are warning of a second wave; a surge in people seeking mental health services. CroakeyVoices speaks to the co-director of the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney, Professor Ian Hickie. The Principal Clinical Advisor at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Founding, Tony Clarkson, explains how loneliness, anxiety about the future and social isolation are fuelling a surge in online gambling, and we catch up with the food rescue service OzHarvest about the meeting the needs of people facing loss of work and income during the pandemic.

The free national gamblers’ hotline is available 24/7 on 1800 858 858.

You can contact Cate at: cate.carrigan1@gmail.com


Episode 4: The Winter Surge – Hospitals Prepare

 

The curve has flattened, more protective gear is being imported and manufactured locally, and the Federal Government has responded by partially winding back a ban on elective surgery. But will this undermine preparations as head towards winter in the time of COVID-19? Cate talks to peak health organisations concerned about the preparedness of rural and remote services. Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, and the CEO of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Peta Rutherford, caution against complacency. Meanwhile, the head of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT, John Paterson, says the coronavirus crisis has exposed the underfunding of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Clinics and other remote health services, and calls for more work to improve housing in remote communities, saying it’s key to better health.


Episode 3: Homelessness and the Power of Music

 

Homelessness in the time of COVID 19 has some special challenges. Who can stay home when you don’t have a place to call your own? How can you keep a safe social distance when life is a day-to-day battle to survive? We hear from the South Australian State Manager of NEAMI, Kim Holmes, about her state’s quick response to the needs of the homeless, and University of South Australia researcher Alison Barrett talks about the national response to date. And the power of music: GP and health blogger Dr Tim Senior speaks of the healing power of his viola and learning the strength of community from his patients at the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation Community Controlled Health Service in South West Sydney.


Episode2: Journalism Jeopardy and Patient 31 – lessons from South Korea

 

COVID19 is fuelling a collapse in advertising revenue and placing traditional media companies, already under the strain of digital competitors, at further risk. We talk to journalist, editor and former Google News Initiative Teaching fellow Saffron Howden about the toll on Australian regional publications and how closures and cutbacks are coming at the time communities need their local news information more than ever. And the way the people of South Korea got on board with testing, tracking and tracing of COVID19 infections – is the loss of privacy justified for the public health good? Jinhee Kim, a South Korean public health researcher living in Australia, takes us behind the statistics.


Episode1: COVID19: Meeting the Challenges

 

Travel to remote communities to hear the challenges facing Indigenous Australians as the coronavirus threatens to spread throughout the country. We hear from Chips Mackinolty, the executive director, Researcherenye Wappayalawangka, Central Australia Academic Health Science Network. And what does the Federal Government’s multi-million dollar injection into telehealth do for patients and medical practitioners in the face of the outbreak? Hear from Dr Centaine Snoswell, the Centre for Health Services Research, University of Queensland.


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