23 March 2020
USC has a number of experts available to speak on COVID-19 and related topics. At this stage we are encouraging media interviews to be conducted via phone, video conferencing or email.
07 5456 5742, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topics: Tips to cope with stress and uncertainty during the pandemic. Helen is a specialist in the development and evaluation of interventions aimed to optimise health and wellbeing. She can also speak about the free telehealth program called Coping Kids, which can help parents support their children to cope using healthy strategies.
Youth mental health
Contact: 07 5456 3887, email@example.com.
Topics: Importance of social connectedness, particularly in relation to technology.
Dr Alison Willis
Contact: 07 5456 5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics: How teachers respond to student stress, practical strategies for online learning, and practical tips for lessons at home. Dr Willis has conducted research over the past 10 years into how teachers respond to student stress, including teachers working in conflict-affected contexts, and more recently investigating how Australian teachers manage student stress and academic progress.
Open-access lecture: How teachers respond to student stress
Dr Katryna Starks
Games and other interactive experiences
email@example.com and mobile by request
Topics: Gaming and mental health. Positive recommendations for games to play during self-isolation including exercise games, multi-player online games and narrative games.
07 5456 5191 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics: Infection prevention, infectious diseases, emergency management and clinical governance. Mr Mason is with Collaborative for the Advancement of Infection Prevention and Control and currently consults to the World Health Organisation via Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network program.
He can also comment on the focus on slowing the spread, rather than containment, to allow medical services the space to cope. The Conversation article: ‘The doctor will Skype you now’: telehealth may limit coronavirus spread, but there’s more we can do to protect workers.
Associate Professor Joanne Macdonald
Jmacdon1@usc.edu.au or phone by request.
Topics: With a background in virology, Dr Macdonald is applying her biosensor technology for the diagnosis of deadly viruses. Molecular engineering, diagnostic technology, virology and epidemiology, biochemistry and drug development. The Conversation article: How do we detect if coronavirus is spreading in the community?
Dr Shahab Pourfakhimi
Tourism, Leisure and Events Management.
07 5456 5690, Shahab.email@example.com
Topics: The impacts of COVID-19 on the economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism, hospitality, leisure and events industries. Including the lessons learned from previous crisis and what could be done to stimulate post-crisis recovery.
Shahab’s research interests generally involve studying consumer behaviour in tourism, hospitality and events, particularly the socio-psychological dimensions of tourists’ perceptions, choices and experiences.
Dr Aaron Tham
Tourism, Leisure and Event Management.
firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype on request
Topics: Impacts of COVID-19 on the tourism/leisure/event landscape.
Dr Rachael Sharman
Mobile or Zoom by request.
Topics: Psychology and social implications related to isolation, hoarding behaviours, fear, panic, following government directives, etc.
Dr Kelly Choong
Marketing, communication and advertising.
07 5456 5157, mobile on request, email@example.com
Topics: How businesses will need to evolve to stay afloat, either through change or innovation. Pre-empting changing consumer behaviours.
Dr Erica Mealy
Emealy@usc.edu.au, mobile on request Skype on request.
Working online, challenges of concentrating in a digital world, tools for online working, network challenges, lessons from computer viruses for the biological. How working from home will increase demand on the national broadband network.
Media contact: Janelle Kirkland 07 5456 4553, firstname.lastname@example.org