Lesley Russell

Dr Lesley Russell is a non-resident fellow at the United States Studies Centre. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.


Nursing homes at the centre of the coronavirus pandemic

Lesley Russell looks at the dire impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nursing homes, how this might have been avoided, and what needs to be done in the future.
Briefing paper

The Grim Reaper? Coronavirus and the elderly in Australia and the United States

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world brings more than illness, death and economic chaos; it brings existential and ethical dilemmas about how to provide care for the elderly who are most at risk of contracting the virus and who are dying as a consequence. This...

Novel virus, persistent challenges: Australian and American responses to COVID-19 compared

As the novel coronavirus sweeps around the world, public health systems and political leaders in every country are being put to the test. This paper provides a succinct look at how Australia and the United States are tackling the coronavirus pandemic, comparing and contrasting the...

Gap year

The latest Closing the Gap report brings cause both for scepticism and for guarded optimism.

Where lawyering ends and illegality begins

Donald Trump is drawing on decades of experience in pushing the law beyond its limits, writes Lesley Russell.