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Responding to COVID-19 and preparing for the future

Responding to COVID-19 and preparing for the future: Understanding the experiences and needs of specific population groups during self-quarantine for COVID-19 to inform current and future pandemic response.


Novel respiratory virus outbreaks such as COVID19 pose a significant threat to public health due to their ability to spread rapidly among populations with little prior immunity.

In an attempt to contain and slow the spread of these infectious outbreaks such as COVID-19, asking members of the general public to self-quarantine (in their homes) has become a key public health protection measure and will become increasingly important as healthcare resources are stretched across a growing population.

Research was conducted via remote (phone/online) qualitative interviews through March and April 2020 to understand the experiences of people who were participating in community-based quarantine or had completed community-based quarantine in Australia related to COVID-19.

This research is being expanded to include investigation into the experience that specific population groups are having of the pandemic response and self-quarantining.

This research is interested in interviewing people who are 18 years and older, self-identify as having participated in home-based quarantine/social distancing related to COVID-19 precautions, and (one or more of): - You are a woman who is pregnant or have given birth within the past 6 weeks (Maternal and newborn health) - You work as a healthcare professional (Healthcare workers) - You are a first-generation migrant to Australia, or an international student currently residing in Australia for study from a non-English-speaking country (Culturally and linguistically diverse communities) - You self-identify as having been affected by the bushfires of the summer of 2019/2020

If you identify as any of the above, you may be eligible to participate.

For further information please contact Dr Angela Davis angela.davis@burnet.edu.au

Timeline

2020

Collaborators

  • Professor Allen Cheng-Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Deportment Of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Professor Lisa Gibbs- Director of the Child Health and Community Wellbeing Program in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Lead of Community Resilience in the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Brett Sutton- Chief Medical Officer, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
  • Meghan Bohren - Senior Lecturer, Gender and Women’s Health, Centre for Health Equity | School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Karen Block - Associate Director, Child and Community Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Alison Coelho – Co Manager, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH)
  • Phoebe Quinn - Child & Community Wellbeing Unit, Centre for Health Equity | The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Associate Professor in Law and Global Health, Melbourne Law School and Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Angela Davis

Research Fellow

Telephone

+61385061057

Email

angela.davis@burnet.edu.au