Author Archives: John Dwyer

John Dwyer

About John Dwyer

Professor John Dwyer is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at UNSW and the founder of the Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance.

It is foolhardy, indeed downright irresponsible, to have spectators at cricket and tennis matches this summer

The basic imperative for controlling an epidemic wherein the inhalation of aerosolised viral particles can cause much illness and death, is to stay away from each other.

Posted in Health | 7 Comments

Reflections on and predictions for the Covid-19 pandemic as 2020 gives way to 2021. Part 2

If there is a “brotherhood of man” now is the time for it to manifest itself as we respond to the enormous challenge involved in overcoming the inequity that could stop us winning the struggle with a deadly virus. Of … Continue reading

Posted in Health | 2 Comments

Reflections on and predictions for the Covid-19 Pandemic as 2020 gives way to 2021. Part 1

At a meeting recently  in Texas the chairman of the International Association for the Promotion of SARS viruses addressed an enthusiastic audience. Representatives of all strains of COVID-19 currently having their way with humans were present. “How much better is … Continue reading

Posted in Health | 6 Comments

Surely pre-senile dementia is too high a price to pay for sporting glory

Watching 22-year-old cricketer Will Pucovski collapse after a rock-hard ball travelling at more than 100mph smashed into the side of his head was literally sickening. The ninth time he would be diagnosed as having concussion, the cumulative damage to his … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Public Policy | 6 Comments

The global effort by anti-vaxxers to destroy confidence in Covid-19 vaccines

With the global effort to immunise 8 billion people leaving the station the challenges involved are immense.

Posted in Health | 14 Comments

Scott Morrison said NSW was the ‘gold standard’ in infection control but begging is not working in encouraging mask wearing

Recent infections in NSW  demonstrate how fragile is our control of community acquired Covid infections. As it will be many months before Australians are immunised and immune to Covid-19 we must focus on stronger containment strategies now. It’s time to … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 6 Comments

Biden wins the poisoned chalice as we pray for a coronavirus vaccine

The challenges facing President-elect Joe Biden and his team are daunting; A polarised population, high levels of unemployment, a likely Republican-dominated senate, and the perseverance of COVID-19 to name a few.

Posted in Health, Politics, Public Policy | 2 Comments

Around the world it is the lack of caution among 19-29 year olds that disproportionally puts infection control at risk

The Victorian ‘lockdown’ was necessary, brutal and successful. But any COVID complacency could be literally fatal. We must ask a lot of our younger Australians who understandably chafe at restrictions placed on their social interactions.

Posted in Health, Politics | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Health, Politics, Top 5 | 13 Comments

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

Posted in Health, Politics | 5 Comments

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.

Posted in Health | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Health | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Health | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Health | 11 Comments

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

Posted in Health, Politics | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Health | 8 Comments

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?

Posted in Health | 3 Comments

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

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

Posted in Politics | 2 Comments

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. 

Posted in Health | 3 Comments

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.

Posted in Health | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Health | 7 Comments

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.

Posted in Health, Politics | 9 Comments

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.

Posted in Health | 5 Comments

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.

Posted in Health | 2 Comments

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.

Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Health | 2 Comments

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.

Posted in Health | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Health | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Health, Politics | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Health | Leave a comment