The Signal
The Signal
Oct 26, 2020
How Melbourne did it
17 min
It's the moment Melbourne has been waiting for.
From tomorrow, they will be able to leave home for any reason; pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops will reopen; and up to 10 people can meet outdoors.

It's a huge moment, and it's all possible because the city has reached a significant milestone: it's crushed community transmission of COVID-19.

So how did they achieve what the rest of the world is struggling to?


Professor Tony Blakely, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Melbourne
Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
The wellbeing economy - a healthier human future
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how deeply interconnected health and economics are. But can policymakers put health front-and-centre of economic conversations beyond the pandemic? Joining us on this episode of Policy Forum Pod to discuss health, equity and the wellbeing economy is Professor Sharon Friel. How does Australia’s economic system affect our health? And in the wake of the devastating coronavirus pandemic, what practical steps can policymakers take to ensure health and wellbeing are central to the country’s economic decision-making in the long term? On this episode in our special Policy Forum Pod mini-series on the wellbeing economy, Professor Sharon Friel joins Professor Sharon Bessell and Dr Arnagretta Hunter to discuss health, equity, and the wellbeing economy. Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance. She is also Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity. Sharon Bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. Arnagretta Hunter is a cardiologist, physician, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer for ANU Medical School.   Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
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