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Group of Eight universities have recommended the government take quick, decisive action to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Professor Peng Bi is one of two University of Adelaide representatives, to report the coronavirus advice of a panel of experts from Group Of Eight universities. Based in Public Health, Professor Peng Bi’s primary research interest is the environmental health, climate change, infectious diseases, emergency public health event response and population health.

Commissioned by the federal government, this letter of recommendations has been produced. Dated March 22, 2020, the document said “we support the stronger decisions being now taken by government and what we term as the ‘go now, go hard and go smart’ strategy.”

The four key recommendations in the paper are that:

  1. Australia without delay implements national stronger social distancing measures, more extensive banning of mass gatherings, school closure or class dismissal.
  2. Australia urgently seeks mechanisms to enable a much-enhanced and coordinated regime of COVID-19 testing without delay. This should include community testing to estimate the rates of disease in the population – and this should guide further decision making.
  3. Strengthen the messaging around the importance of people complying with all of the requirements of isolation or quarantine and having increased compliance monitoring and support to allow them to do so (estimated that around 20-30% will not comply).
  4. Social distancing, especially when introduced vigorously across so many areas of life, will have significant costs for individuals and groups in society. These consequences will impact unequally. Governments should plan for this and ensure flexible and supportive policy responses for all who may be disadvantaged.

Whilst some of these recommendations were enacted last week. Schools in some states remain open but parents are being urged to keep children home where possible.

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University of Adelaide Researchers have discovered a new species of turtle-headed sea snake in Western Australia. The new species, Emydocephalus orarius, or the Western Turtle-headed Sea Snake, is found from Shark Bay to Broome on soft sandy habitats at depths ranging from 15 to 70 metres. Lead author of the study and PhD candidate at […]

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University of Adelaide researchers join an international team to question Neanderthals behaviour. A paper published in Science today involving University of Adelaide researchers A/Prof. Lee Arnold and Dr Martina Demuro provides new insights into Neanderthal subsistence strategies and further questions the behavioural gap once thought to separate Neanderthals from contemporaneous Homo sapiens groups. The study […]

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Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found tropical and temperate coral reef fish can co-exist. As our climate changes, many terrestrial and marine species are forced to extend their ranges poleward, to stay within the bounds of their thermal tolerances. However, when such species enter higher latitude ecosystems, they engage in innovative interactions with local […]

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In January, the University of Adelaide’s, Environment Institute launched PaleoView on Google Cloud. Guest post by Julia Aaron Pilowsky PaleoView provides users with the capability to generate climatic conditions over the past 21,000 years in a matter of minutes to hours, depending on the region and time period of interest. PaleoView is a freeware developed by […]

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Professor Bob Hill is a featured expert on News.com.au Time is Now is a new collaborative journalism project on climate change and fire. The series included articles, myth busters and videos and has already had a fantastic reaction on Twitter and from other sectors of the media including Media Watch (last two minutes), The Drum, Mumbrella and BandT). […]

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Late night chat on Radio National about politics, ecology and the economics of trees. Phillip Adams from ABC’s Late Night Live spoke with Associate Professor Patrick O’Connor, an ecological economist at the University of Adelaide. Patrick works at the The Centre for Global Food and Resources and is an Environment Institute member. Professor David Lindenmayer, Ecologist from the ANU’s […]

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As the smoke clears, scientists and engineers at the University of Adelaide are “firing debate” about how best to manage bushfire risk in an increasingly hostile climate. Fresh shoots are sprouting from blackened gums and grass trees are green after recent rain on Kangaroo Island, offering hope that life will rebound in time. Associate Professor […]

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This has been a bushfire season without precedent. As the world looked on horrified, our country burned. More than 11 million hectares have been reduced to ash, over 30 lives lost, thousands of properties destroyed, and wildlife decimated. Now, as the smoke finally clears, the natural question is: what can, and should, we do differently […]

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Identified as an outstanding early-career researcher, Nicole will attend the highly prestigious annual gathering of Nobel Laureates. As one of just 10 young scientists selected, the delegates are part of a group of 660 young emerging scientists from around the world from 101 countries who will meet with 68 Nobel Laureates from the fields of […]

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