Webinar series: COVID-19 and women's health and wellbeing

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Sharing the lessons emerging from collaborative research to help some of the most vulnerable members of the community experiencing COVID-19.

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Join researchers from The Australian Human Rights Institute and The George Institute for Global Health for a series of discussions with collaborators and colleagues from the health and social services sector on the sex and gender dimensions of COVID-19.

Research is now underway to help clinicians and policymakers more rapidly and effectively help some of the most vulnerable members of the community in the response to COVID-19 and future pandemics.

In this series of online discussions we will hear what's emerging from investigations into three critical areas:

Tuesday, 18 August (1pm-2pm AEST)

Stress, anxiety and depression on the COVID-19 health frontline

Working on the frontline of the pandemic takes a huge emotional and physical toll on health workers, who are exposed to grief, injury, stress, long hours and separation from family. In this webinar, we will hear from researchers who have been surveying frontline workers in a bid to learn what is needed to build evidence-informed policies to support their wellbeing, specific to their sex and gender.

Speakers:

Dr Nhi Nguyen, Clinical Director of Intensive Care NSW at the Agency for Clinical Innovation

Dr Naomi Hammond, Senior Research Fellow and Operations Lead, Critical Care Division, The George Institute for Global Health, ICU Clinical Research Manager, Royal North Shore Hospital

Ms Wing Besilos, Assistant Secretary of the NSWNMA Westmead Hospital Branch and Councillor NSWNMA

Moderator: Kelly Thompson, Program Manager, Global Women's Health, The George Institute for Global Health

Thursday, 8 October (6pm-7pm AEDT Sydney/Calculate your local time)

Analysing global COVID-19 statistics and national policies

Whilst confirmed cases of COVID-19 are distributed evenly between men and women, men account for about two-thirds of deaths. Biological and/or socio-cultural reasons may explain these differences. This has important implications for optimal clinical management and is one of the avenues of investigation for the Australian Human Rights Institute and The George Institute’s collaborative research project. In this webinar we will hear what has been discovered so far, and what it means for health policymakers.

Speakers:

Dr Sanne Peters, Research Fellow in Epidemiology at The George Institute for Global Health and a Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College of London.

Dr Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr Athena Pantazis, Data Management and Analysis Consultant with the Global Health 50/50 Covid-19 Sex-Disaggregated Data Tracker.

Moderator:

Dr Cheryl Carcel, Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, Conjoint Senior Lecturer at UNSW Sydney.

Tuesday, 24 November (5pm-6pm AEDT Sydney/Calculate your local time)

What do we know about family violence services and COVID-19?

There is evidence of increased Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) due to COVID-19 social isolation measures, causing vulnerable women to be confined at home in an abusive relationship. This webinar will give insight into how health and allied services are adapting to the challenges of identifying these victims and assisting them during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar opens the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Speakers:

Dr Jagnoor Jagnoor, Head of Injury Division, The George Institute for Global Health India and Co-director WHO Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Trauma Care

Hayley Foster, CEO Women’s Safety NSW

Dr Patricia Cullen, School of Population Health UNSW

Moderator:

Dr Janani Shanthosh, Research Fellow in Health Economics and Law, The George Institute for Global Health and an Academic Lead for the Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW.

Accessibility: To inquire about accessibility, please email humanrights@unsw.edu.au

The project brings together expertise from The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW Medicine including the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and UNSW Arts and Social Sciences including the Gendered Violence Research Network.

It is supported by a UNSW Rapid Response Research program. Read more about the project here.

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