Victorian Chief Health Officer criticized national roadmap for “lack of recovery”

Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer of Victoria, co-authored Opinion piece The Australian Medical Journal criticizes Australia’s national plan for missing a clear “recovery phase” to address the long-term health and economic implications of the November 15 pandemic.

The commissioned article was co-authored with Professor Stephen Duckett of RMIT’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

The recovery phase often occurs as the final phase of a disaster and serves as a period to restore aspects of the impact of the disaster and restore the local economy to normal. It usually takes place after the affected area has achieved some physical, environmental and economic outcomes. , And social stability. There is no explicit recovery phase in the timeline, but the gradual relaxation of restrictions is aimed at restoring stability. Socially and economically.

Sutton and Daquette in the article stated that a recovery phase is needed to address the economic impact and manage the impact on mental health.

“COVID-19 has become a disease of low-income workers,” the two said. “It affected Australia very unevenly, and the results of those who suffered the most were exacerbated.”

The two called for a recovery phase to rebuild resilience within the community and governance system and plan a workforce response for staff to recover. They also urged governments, hospitals, and care services to learn and ponder at this stage for improvement.

“In 2022, public health professionals and organizations must strive to better understand these social drivers of health in the COVID-19 era and receive resources to close the disparities exacerbated by the crisis. I can’t. “I read the article.

The authors agreed that the country “successfully survived the COVID-19 storm,” but said it was time to “belt tighten” to protect the public health system.

“Our mortality rate was the lowest in the world and the economic impact was relatively modest,” they said.

This success they claimed was due to the country’s mass vaccination hub, increased telemedicine options for outpatients, and the flexibility shown by hospitals.

However, Sutton and Dackett warned that Australia could not be satisfied as it would prevent Australia from living with COVID-19 in the future.

“Our healthcare system is capable of responding to the shadow pandemic of viral pandemics and the mental health problems caused by their management, and we face both long-term COVID and future pandemics challenges. You need to make sure you are in a good position to face. “

This is because Australia has registered that 69.4 percent of its population is currently fully vaccinated.

Marina Chan