Doctor Monique Ryan, the independent MP for the Victorian federal seat of Kooyong, is critical of the Victorian state government's decision to restrict accesss to PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests. As the Victorian Government Department of Health (@VicGovDH) tweet, which Dr Ryan has a href="
If this policy is not changed soon, the number of Victorians who will infect other Victorians with COVID-19 will be much larger than it needs be. It could well exacerbate the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria. A large number of Victorians, as well as inter-state visitors, would suffer adverse health effects, or even death, from COVID-19. This is in stark contrast to Premier Daniel Andrews' handling of outbreaks of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021 where his lockdown policies severely limited the early COVID-19 pandemic (although his initial mistaken response  caused infections to be much higher than they needed to be).
With record case numbers worldwide, unrestricted travel, relaxation of almost all public health measures to contain the spread of COVID … our state govt restricts access to testing and increases the load on GPs.
(Reckon maybe that graphic could do with a mask or two?) https://t.co/09VfrsBVa7
— Dr Monique Ryan MP (@Mon4Kooyong) December 29, 2022
As reported here on candobetter on 1 Dec 2022, Dr Ryan (@Mon4Kooyong) confronted Anthony Albanese during Question Time in the House of Representatives for his failure to use the powers vested in him as Prime Minister to end the illegal imprisonment of Australian citizen Julian Assange. Hopefully this could cause those supporters of Julian Assange who now reject the prevailing medical opinions on COVID-19 and vaccination against COVID-19, to reconsider those views.
 See Daniel Andrews apologises for botched hotel quarantine program in Victoria (21/12/2020) | The Guardian by Josh Taylor (paywalled), (21/12/2020) SBS and Hotel quarantine report blasts government failures, but political fallout is likely to be minimal (21/12/2020) The Conversation by Mirko Bagaric.
Sat, 2022-12-31 13:46
Frankston hosp converts heart ward to covid 19 ward
A friend of ours was recently in the cardiac unit at Frankston Hospital. She was transferred out of there to a private cardiac facility because the ward was about to close down for a remake into a THIRD covid ward for the hospital.
Everywhere you went there, staff warned you to wear masks outside in the greater community, because of the rocketing rate of infection. Staff, visitors, and patients all wore masks continuously to reduce infection risk in the hospital. Obviously the rate of admissions for COVID 19 illness is climbing again. There are several probable factors: 1. People are not taking precautions in social distancing, mask wearing, or hand-sanitising. (How many times have you tried to sanitise outside a supermarket or somewhere similar, and there was nothing in the dispenser?) 2. People who are not vaccinated are getting sicker than those who are vaccinated. 3. People don't realise how serious the illness can be and therefore do not access the rapidly acting anti-virals now available or 4. They fall outside those categories. 5. No-one has any clear idea of the current incidence of COVID-19, nor of the preponderant strains, because they are either not testing, or not reporting their test results.
Mon, 2023-01-02 00:11
Doctor Ryan: reintroduce health measures to control COVID-19