Remembering and recovering from COVID-19
Relationships Australia is the home of the Neighbours Every Day campaign, which promotes the importance of social connection. This project sought to understand the unique effects COVID-19 and associated restrictions have had on multicultural communities in Melbourne, especially in relation to their social connections.
Inequality of pandemic proportions: State and pharma failures not to be repeated
As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its fourth year, this report identifies four key lessons from the failure of States and pharmaceutical companies to comply with their human rights obligations and responsibilities to ensure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines globally.
A hidden pandemic? An umbrella review of global evidence on mental health in the time of COVID-19
Siobhan O’Dean, Lily Teesson, Julia Boyle, Denise Lim, Andre Nguyen, Alison Calear, Philip Batterham, Kevin Gournay, Maree Teesson
The findings outlined in this article suggest policy-makers and clinicians should not discount the potentially ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual and population mental health, particularly for people who were adolescent, pregnant, post-partum during the pandemic, or were hospitalised with COVID-19.
Pandemic preparedness for the real world
Megan Schmidt-Sane, Melissa Leach, Peter Taylor, Santiago Ripoll, Shandana Khan Mohmand, Syed Abbas, Tabitha Hrynick
The cost of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unknown. Lives directly lost to the disease continue to mount, while related health, livelihood and wellbeing impacts are still being felt. This report presents a framework for a vision of pandemic preparedness for the real world – one...
COVID-19 risk among disabled people
This report outlines a recent analysis undertaken by the Public Health Agency, regarding burden of COVID-19 disease in the disabled population who receive Disability Support Services (DSS).
Impact of COVID-19 on School-based Vaccination Programs module 1, 2 & 3: final report
This evaluation found that overall, pandemic impacts on vaccination uptake in adolescents were relatively limited in Australia compared to other countries. However, the number of adolescent vaccinations given in 2020 and 2021 was lower than in 2019.
Life and death in long-term care: are we learning the wrong lessons from COVID-19?
This study presents a novel approach to measuring the performance of long-term care institutions during the pandemic, and identifies the factors behind their performance. Based on the findings, it proposes three areas for action that could inform federal, provincial and territorial government discussions on how...
Data sharing during coronavirus: lessons for government
This report synthesises the lessons from six case studies and other research on government data sharing during the pandemic. It finds that current legislation, such as the Digital Economy Act and UK General Data Protection Regulation, does not constitute a barrier to data sharing.
Collapse and recovery: how the COVID-19 pandemic eroded human capital and what to do about it
Joana Silva, Andres Yi Chang
Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has been an enormous shock to mortality, economies and daily life. This report estimates the impacts of the pandemic on the human capital of young children, school-age children and youth, and discusses the urgent actions needed to reverse the damage.
Navigating the crisis: how governments used intelligence for decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic
This report examines how governments — and the societies around them — mobilised intelligence to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. It also makes recommendations as to how they could improve their ability to organise intelligence for future challenges of all kinds, from pandemics...
45 and Up COVID Insights: a dynamic and collaborative approach to evidence-making during the COVID-19 pandemic
Catherine D’Este, Julia Steinberg, Marianne Weber, Jill Newby, Ding Ding, Bette Liu, Barry Edwards, Andrew Milat, Martin McNamara
This journal article describes a research project that was developed to generate timely, relevant evidence in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to guide policy, practice and planning in New South Wales.
Small business and mental health through the pandemic
This report is based on the findings of a survey conducted nationally over 6 weeks in early 2022 with 1,007 small business owner participants. The findings indicate that there are high levels of mental ill‑health within the small business sector, suggesting a continued need for...
National COVID-19 health management plan for 2023
This strategy document outlines the Australian government health supports to manage COVID-19 over the next 12 months. These health supports have been informed by the likely 2023 Australian epidemiological outlook and advice from the Chief Medical Officer.
Getting better? Health and the labour market
This report looks specifically at health as a major determinant of the labour market, and one that needs to be better understood – particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Preparing Australia: designing an Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC)
This report argues for the establishment of an Australian Centre for Disease Control - to bring together the various elements of health protection and promotion into one organisation.
COVID-19 and cross-border mobility in the APEC region: addressing uncertainties at the border
This report presents an overview of COVID-19 border policies in the APEC region as of mid-late-2022, analyses travel trends to the region, and estimates the impacts of border policies on visitor arrivals.
Treading water: effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth transitions
Economic downturns have pronounced impacts on young people. Using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), this report examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education, employment and social circumstances of young Australians.
Child wellbeing during the COVID pandemic: parental concerns
This report explores the varied impacts of COVID-19 on children of all ages below 18 years, and also delves into the experiences of families and the factors that parents say contributed to their children’s wellbeing.
Labour protests during the pandemic: the case of hospital and retail workers in 90 countries
With a novel methodology searching news events from world’s largest news agencies via the online GDELT project, this report documents protest of key workers against their working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic in 90 countries.
The #Data4COVID19 Review: assessing the use of non-traditional data during a pandemic crisis
The GovLab, with the support of the Knight Foundation, recently sought to evaluate how non-traditional data was used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The research identifies lessons and recommendations that can be applied to future data-driven crisis management.
Fault lines: an independent review into Australia’s response to COVID-19
This independent review report, evaluating the outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic, suggests that initiatives to address the well-known fault lines throughout society remained at the periphery of the planning process, rather than being placed at its core. To be better prepared for the next health...
Balancing work and family life during the COVID-19 pandemic: who fared better and worse?
People with care responsibilities for other family members, such as ageing relatives, relatives with a disability or chronic illness, or grandchildren, have been much less studied during the recent pandemic. This report aims to fill this gap in research by exploring the circumstances of mature...
The experience of COVID-19 in Australia, including long-COVID: evidence from the COVID-19 Impact Monitoring Survey Series, August 2022
The aim of this paper is to describe the experience of COVID-19 in Australia, examine the factors associated with whether or not someone had COVID-19, including long-COVID, and relate this experience to broader measures of wellbeing.
Lack of preparedness among top reactions Americans have to public health officials’ COVID-19 response
Amid the rollout of updated COVID-19 booster shots around the United States, this Pew Research Center survey report finds mixed views of public health officials at the forefront of the nation’s response to the pandemic.
COVID-19 mortality in Aotearoa New Zealand: inequities in risk
With the rise in COVID-19-attributed deaths, it is increasingly important to examine inequities in the direct health effects of COVID-19 across the New Zealand population. The Public Health Agency has undertaken exploratory analysis of COVID-19-attributed mortality to identify and quantify inequities in the burden of...