In Australia, the current regulatory framework draws on existing laws that may apply to tobacco products, poisons, therapeutic goods, consumer goods and industrial chemicals. However, regulatory approaches to e-cigarettes vary between states and territories. This inquiry found that this inconsistency should be addressed, through the...
Investigation into the detention and treatment of public housing residents arising from a COVID-19 ‘hard lockdown’ in July 2020
The timing of the lockdown of the North Melbourne and Flemington public housing towers on 4 July 2020 was not based on direct health advice and violated Victorian human rights laws, this investigation by the Victorian Ombudsman has found.
Reflections on a highly unusual summer: bushfires, COVID-19 and mosquito-borne disease in NSW, Australia
This article argues that supporting the maintenance of mosquito monitoring and management programs while local authorities face competing priorities due to extreme natural disasters and/or public health events is critical.
Public interest journalism has faced a longstanding funding crisis, cutbacks of staff and resources, and closures of newsrooms. This crisis is a critical public health concern, and it has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the pandemic has highlighted the important...
This audit examined whether the COVID-19 National Medical Stockpile (NMS) procurement requirement was met through effective planning and governance arrangements.
Report of the Inquiry into the Victorian government’s COVID–19 contact tracing system and testing regime
This report on the Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 contact tracing system and testing regime is the result of extensive research and consultation by the Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee at the Parliament of Victoria. The Committee makes a number of recommendations...
This discussion paper investigates the state of HIV-related stigma in New South Wales, its impacts, and how it can be addressed to improve outcomes, not only for those who are directly affected by it, but also to enhance efforts to end HIV transmissions for all.