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John Dwyer

About John Dwyer

Professor John Dwyer, Immunologist and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at UNSW

Misinformation about Covid-19. Don’t listen to Donald Trump or Alan Jones.

Here is the big so important question. As we prepare to ease some restrictions, will we, in contradistinction to many communities in other countries, embrace the long-term behaviours that must be normalised to allow us to live as safely and … Continue reading

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PART 2: COVID controversies and vaccine shortcuts

The urgent need for a vaccine to protect us from COVID-19 is obvious. Scientists have produced some promising candidates but, as so often is the case in this pandemic perceived political imperatives are demanding ‘shortcuts’ in the development process that … Continue reading

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Covid controversies continue to hinder our efforts to end a deadly pandemic – Part 1

It is truly lamentable that in this most scientific of all ages, so much of the world is making a mess of tackling the worst public health challenge in a hundred years.

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The hindering of our efforts to control the spread of Covid-19

We face social fatigue and misconceptions about social distancing; irresponsible public behaviour; and a widespread lack of appreciation of the long-term clinical consequences of an encounter with this virus.

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Where politics ‘trumps’ public health

We are six months into the Covid-19 (C19) pandemic. A year ago, we would have expected the United States to play a major leadership role in countering any pandemic. Instead, is has suffered at least 2,700,000 infections, resulting in 128,000 … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER. Political ambition demands we play the COVID ‘Blame Game’ while Rome still burns

President Donald J Trump claims that carelessness in the Wuhan Institute for Virology saw the COVID-19 virus, which, he insists, was being grown in the Institute, escape, resulting in a disastrous pandemic.

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JOHN DWYER. Palmer’s Pills, all 32 million of them!

Sydney Morning Herald, March 3, 2022. A grateful nation rewards Clive Palmer with the Prime Ministership for using his personal fortune to save Australia from a Covid catastrophe. President Trump tweets his congratulations noting that the two men are “kindred … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER. Trump, Xi and the WHO.

President Trump, always blaming someone to hide his own inadequacies, has vented his fury on both China and the WHO. The WHO, for one precious week, had accepted China’s advice that the novel respiratory infections were not transmitted from human … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER. Questions we need answered before we can safely ease COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID decisions at the cross roads; which path will Australia take?

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JOHN DWYER.Exploring COVID-19 controversies. Part Two.

How do we safely ease social distancing restrictions and reignite our economy?

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JOHN DWYER. Exploring COVID-19 controversies. Part 1

As we settle into the longest winter of our lives, strict containment strategies are provoking controversy fuelled by misinformation or insufficient knowledge of COVID realities. 

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JOHN DWYER. Health care professionals want a lockdown now.

In sharper focus than ever this week is the danger health professionals experience in caring for seriously ill patients infected with COVID-19.

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JOHN DWYER. TRUMP DECLARES THAT HE IS CONVINCED WE NOW HAVE A DRUG TO TERMINATE THE EPIDEMIC

As I write Boris Johnson has just locked down the UK and ordered police officers to enforce the lockdown. Almost simultaneously Donald Trump has declared that there is a “great weariness” among Americans for this social distancing business and he … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER. There is still a lot more that needs to be done to minimise harm in Australia from COVID-19.

Australian governments are taking a “measured approach” to minimising the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic adding new tactics/restrictions as the numbers grow. Far better to use all available measures now to minimise that growth.

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JOHN DWYER. Understanding the public health imperatives required to minimise infection with the Corona virus. (Part Two).

Providing communities with accurate, timely and logical information about the control measures required to minimise harms associated with infectious diseases is essential to avoid both complacency and panic.

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JOHN DWYER. Understanding the public health imperatives required to minimise infections with the Corona virus. (Part One).

Providing communities with accurate, timely and logical information about the control measures required to minimise the harm associated with infectious diseases is essential to avoid both complacency and panic.

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JOHN DWYER. American’s desperate thirst for affordable health care might just ensure they don’t get it!

In this Presidential election year, poll after poll report that American’s number one concern is affordable health care.

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JOHN DWYER.The Opioid crisis should focus attention on the inadequacy of Primary Care in Australia.

John Menadue’s insightful essay on urgently needed reforms to health care in Australia ( P&I Feb 7) correctly emphasised that a “priority area for implementation and funding should be primary care with the rollout of multi-disciplinary primary health care clinics … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER. The lack of truth in Medicine and Science.

Opioid addiction is pervasive  and growing rapidly. Medicine and Science are threatened by the phenomenon.

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JOHN DWYER. What a mess! Insurance for health care, both public and private, is increasingly dysfunctional with sensible and equitable solutions held hostage by “vested interests”. PART TWO

At least 50% of the money private health insurers pay out annually to those insured is absorbed by just 5% off their customers.  Most of these patients have chronic medical problems and have multiple admissions per year .While private hospitals … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER. What a mess! Insurance for health care, both public and private, is increasingly dysfunctional with sensible and equitable solutions held hostage by “vested interests”. PART ONE

We Australians have for decades now made it clear that we want  a health care system that delivers quality care in a timely manner with availability based on need not personal financial wellbeing. Increasingly it is obvious to all that … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER- On the Barbaric Nature of the Human Condition

It was a right hook in the third round that sent the 26 year old boxer to the canvass. The crowd cheered with excitement; after all, this is what they had hoped to see. On the referee’s count of “five” … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER Australia’s opioid epidemic

The Opioid epidemic that has so devastated America is now well established in Australia.

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JOHN DWYER. Another hard to believe example of the weakness of our regulators in protecting consumers from healthcare fraud.

When I was much younger I often dipped into Ripley’s “Believe it or not” for a laugh, amazement and even enlightenment. I had a look at their website recently as I prepared to tell you a story that would fit … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER -Failed regulation in health.

When I was much younger I often dipped into Ripley’s “Believe it or not” for a laugh, amazement and even enlightenment. I had a look at their website recently as I prepared to tell you a story that would fit … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER The crisis in Private Health Insurance arrangements in Australia are a symptom of our public health failures.

“Australia’s private health insurance (PHI) industry fears it is in a death spiral, and politicians need to rethink whether or to what extent taxpayers should continue to subsidise the industry” the Grattan Institute tells us as they call for a … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER An open letter to Minister Greg Hunt

  The majority of Labor’s plans for our health system were greeted with enthusiasm herein and elsewhere as they addressed major current inadequacies that diminish the equity and cost effectiveness of the health care available to Australians. Labor did seek … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER The “Canterbury Model” in health

  Australia’s health care system needs restructuring to see it meet the contemporary and future needs of its citizens. A consensus view has emerged which argues that a long term (perhaps ten year ) plan is required for the full … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER. Politics and anti-science. Hunt’s pathetic “Flip-Flop” on the use of Taxpayer’s dollars to pay for “Alternative” Medicine

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) is Australia’s pre-eminent provider of advice on science and health to government and the community. Concerned that taxpayer’s dollars might be wasted subsidising private health insurance payments for a range of “Alternative”clinical … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER – Will the health initiatives announced last week significantly and sustainably improve health care for Australians?

  Given that polls constantly have Australians saying that healthcare is a top issue in every election, expectations are high that our politicians will describe a commitment to those structural reforms so badly needed to improve equity of access to … Continue reading

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