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‘It is about treating people with respect, not contempt,’ says Melbourne-based GP Mukesh Haikerwal. Photo: Aaron Francis The novel coronavirus is just the latest public health “catastrophe” Melbourne-based GP Mukesh Haikerwal has had to face in his medical career of about 30 years. Major outbreaks of other diseases in the mid-1980s and early to mid-2000s revealed clues about how to effectively manage the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. “I just graduated when HIV AIDS was coming through … we faced bird flu, we faced SARS … (public health responses) only work when community is informed and comes together,” he said. “If I have played

Victorians are getting tested in large numbers again as the state tries to process tens of thousands of people who rushed home before borders closed. There's been frustration in recent days, with people turned away from clinics as they struggle with the surge. The spike in demand comes as the state confronts a fresh COVID-19 cluster, centred around a Thai restaurant in the Melbourne suburb of Black Rock. GUEST: Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, chair of the the Victorian Council of the Australian Medical Association and former national AMA president Source: ABC Radio National   

In early September, as Victoria's daily COVID-19 case numbers were finally dropping out of triple figures, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the creation of a system of local response units in Melbourne, to replace the highly centralised system that had failed to stop the second wave. But two months on, while six units in regional Victoria are operating, the metropolitan hubs that were supposed to be established "within weeks", have not yet started working. Source: ABC News   [embed]https://twitter.com/abcnews/status/1324817538644021248[/embed]  

Frustrated GPs are treating patients with COVID-19 symptoms who are refusing to get tested, prompting concerns about undetected cases circulating in the community. It comes as Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton revealed that up to 30 per cent of active coronavirus cases are not being detected on any given day in Victoria. Australian Medical Association council chair Dr Mukesh Haikerwal said he was seeing a couple of patients every day who had coronavirus symptoms but refused testing. “It’s a major problem,” he said. Source: Henrietta Cook, Sydney Morning Herald