Aug 23, 2020
Can Victoria get it done in three more weeks?
10 min
Melbourne is now halfway through its stage 4 lockdown, and if the daily case numbers are anything to go by, the restrictions are clearly working.

At the start of the month, Victoria recorded more than 700 cases in a single day. Daily cases are now down to the low 200s.

But is three more weeks of hard lockdown enough to get the number to where it needs to be? And what else could be standing in the way of the city coming out of stage 4?

On today's show:

* Is three more weeks enough to get Melbourne's numbers down?

* What about by Christmas?

We have a few updates and clarifications regarding testing times and the story about which COVID-19 symptoms come first (on average).

If that's not enough, we also have a quick fire round on vaccines!

* How is an unvaccinated person a threat to a vaccinated person?

* How will the vaccine be distributed?

* Is there enough evidence to suggest that it is safe?

* Will it be safe for pregnant women?

* Who will be getting the vaccine first?
Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
The wellbeing economy - a glimpse of the good life
Rather than returning to the status quo, many are calling for a change in thinking (and in policy) as societies around the world grapple with the coronavirus crisis. One such advocate for change is global development expert David Hulme, who joins Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter for a fascinating discussion on the wellbeing economy in this instalment in our special mini-series.  Why doesn’t economic growth necessarily lead to increased development? What impact is the COVID-19 crisis having on the world’s most vulnerable communities? And how can societies in developed and developing nations recover from COVID-19 and build a more equitable future with wellbeing at the core of policy decisions? On the fourth episode of our special Policy Forum Pod mini-series on the wellbeing economy, Professor Sharon Bessell and Dr Arnagretta Hunter discuss development in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis with Professor David Hulme, Executive Director of the Global Development Institute. David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester where he is Executive Director of the Global Development Institute and CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. 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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