End lockdowns, open up borders, follow targeted risk-based policy required by the law

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Mental health resources

Lockdowns have been an unmitigated disaster. If you are currently in severe distress and need immediate support, please call 000 or one of the organisations listed below.

SANE Australia (for people living with a mental illness) – call 1800 187 263.

beyondblue (for anyone feeling depressed or anxious) – call 1300 22 4636 or chat online.

Lifeline (for anyone having a personal crisis) – call 13 11 14 or chat online.

Suicide Call Back Service (for anyone thinking about suicide) – call 1300 659 467.

Australian Government/Department of Health ‘Head to Health’ webpage which is a central platform for digital mental health resources (https://headtohealth.gov.au/)

Also, some other resources, below. Hope some of this is helpful.

PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!

Other information and resources

Mind Medicine Australia: Mind Medicine Australia offers psychedelic and plant medicine psychological and integration support. Click here to view our team of practitioners:

https://mindmedicineaustralia.org/practitioners/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Australians

Australian Psychological Society

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Beyond Blue

Coronavirus: Resources for anxiety, stress & wellbeing

Black Dog Institute

COVID-19: Tips and advice for people with an eating disorder

Butterfly Foundation

Resources, information and support for looking after your mental health during times of adversity

Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health

Managing your mental health online during COVID-19

eMHPrac

Mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Lifeline

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (useful links to help you with your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times)

MindSpot

Coronavirus (COVID-19) tips for self-care and families

Phoenix Australia

The SANE Help Centre: ready for you during COVID-19

SANE Australia

Taking care of your mental health in the wake of COVID-19

WayAhead

Reporting on suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Information and resources to assist Australian GPs to better support their patients during COVID-19

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Tips on how to complete a weekly personal mental health check-in during coronavirus, and why it’s important at this time.

Black Dog Institute

10 tips for managing anxiety during COVID-19

Black Dog Institute

Mental Health Ramifications of COVID-19: The Australian context

Black Dog Institute

Working from home: A checklist to support your mental health during coronavirus

Black Dog Institute

Supports to help expecting and new parents anxious about coronavirus

PANDA

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Phoenix Australia

Practitioner Tips: Caring for patients’ mental health during coronavirus and other infectious disease outbreaks

Phoenix Australia

How to make working from home work for YOU – Our top tips

SANE Australia

COVID-19 SUPPORT GUIDE

SuperFriend

 

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The Great Barrington Declaration

EVERYONE CAN SIGN THIS DECLARATION PLEASE DO SO AT:  https://gbdeclaration.org/

As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.

As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e.  the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

On October 4, 2020, this declaration was authored and signed in Great Barrington, United States, by:

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.

Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations.

===BACKGROUND==

The world renowned experts in their fields, after a 4 day conference regarding COVID-19, declare that WE SHOULD ALL GO BACK TO LIVING NORMALLY, PRACTICING SIMPLE HYGIENE & STAYING HOME WHEN SICK (NO FACE MASKS OR SOCIAL DISTANCING) and only protect the most vulnerable populations with more protective measures!

“From October 1-4, 2020, the American Institute for Economic Research had a remarkable meeting of top epidemiologists, economists, and journalists, to discuss the global emergency created by the unprecedented use of state compulsion in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic. The result is The Great Barrington Declaration, which urges a “Focused Protection” strategy.”

“Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume.”

Signed by:

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor, Medicine, Stanford University.

Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Professor, Theoretical Epidemiology, University of Oxford.

The co-signers include

Dr. Rodney Sturdivant, PhD. associate professor of biostatistics at Baylor University and the Director of the Baylor Statistical Consulting Center. He is a Colonel in the US Army (retired) whose research includes a focus on infectious disease spread and diagnosis.

Dr. Eitan Friedman, MD, PhD. Founder and Director, The Susanne Levy Gertner Oncogenetics Unit, The Danek Gertner Institute of Human Genetics, Chaim Sheba Medical Center and Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Depertment of Human Genetics and Biochemistry, Tel-Aviv University

Dr. Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH a physician with the VA health system with expertise in epidemiology, health equity practice, and health impact assessment of public policy. He formerly served as a Deputy Health Officer for San Francisco for 18 years.

Dr. Michael Levitt, PhD is a biophysicist and a professor of structural biology at Stanford University. Prof. Levitt received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.

Dr. Eyal Shahar, MD professor (emeritus) of public health at the University of Arizona, a physician, epidemiologist, with expertise in causal and statistical inference.

Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH, President, True Health Initiative and the Founder and Former Director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center

Dr. Laura Lazzeroni, PhD., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of biomedical data science at Stanford University Medical School, a biostatistician and data scientist

Dr. Simon Thornley, PhD is an epidemiologist at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has experience in biostatistics and epidemiological analysis, and has applied these to a range of areas including communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Dr. Michael Jackson, PhD is an ecologist and research fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Dr. Jonas Ludvigsson, pediatrician, epidemiologist and professor at Karolinska Institute and senior physician at Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.

Dr. Sylvia Fogel, autism expert and psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, USA.

Dr. Andrius Kavaliunas, epidemiologist and assistant professor at Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Prof. Udi Qimron, Chair, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Ariel Munitz, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Motti Gerlic, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Uri Gavish, an expert in algorithm analysis and a biomedical consultant

Prof. Ellen Townsend, Self-Harm Research Group, University of Nottingham, UK.

Dr. Paul McKeigue, professor of epidemiology in the University of Edinburgh and public health physician, with expertise in statistical modelling of disease.

Dr. Mario Recker, Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics at the Centre for Mathematics and the Environment, University of Exeter.

Prof. Mike Hulme, professor of human geography, University of Cambridge

Prof. Stephen Bremner, Professor of Medical Statistics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex

Prof. Matthew Ratcliffe, Professor of Philosophy specializing in philosophy of mental health, University of York, UK

Prof. Lisa White, Professor of Modelling and Epidemiology Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford University, UK

Prof. Angus Dalgleish, MD, FRCP, FRACP, FRCPath, FMedSci, Department of Oncology, St. George’s, University of London

Dr. Cody Meissner, professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, an expert on vaccine development, efficacy and safety.

Dr. Helen Colhoun, professor of medical informatics and epidemiology in the University of Edinburgh and public health physician, with expertise in risk prediction.

Prof. Partha P. Majumder, PhD, FNA, FASc, FNASc, FTWAS National Science Chair, Distinguished Professor and Founder National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, KalyaniEmeritus Professor Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

Dr. Gabriela Gomes, professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, a mathematician focussing on population dynamics, evolutionary theory and infectious disease epidemiology.

Prof. Anthony J Brookes, Department of Genetics & Genome Biology, University of Leicester, UK

Prof. Simon Wood, professor at Edinburgh University, a statistician with expertise in statistical methodology, applied statistics and mathematical modelling in biology

Prof. David Livermore, Professor at University of East Anglia, a microbiologist with expertise in disease epidemiology, antibiotic resistance and rapid diagnostics

Prof. Sucharit Bhakdi, em. Professor of Medical Microbiology, University of Mainz, Germany

Prof. Yaz Gulnur Muradoglu,

Professor of Finance, Director at Behavioural Finance Working Group, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London

Prof. Karol Sikora MA, PhD, MBBChir, FRCP, FRCR, FFPM, Medical Director of Rutherford Health, Oncologist, & Dean of Medicine”

And about 6,000 others of similar academic and professional pedigrees.

 

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Other documents that provide useful insights

Notes for (and draft of) complaint against Daniel Andrews to the International Criminal Court

World Doctors Alliance

Open letter to the UK Government, Governments of the World and  the Citizens of the World – BY the The World Doctors Alliance

Covid Plan B (New Zealand)

END DECLARATIONS OF EMERGENCY IN CANADA

BOOK: The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe

Ari Joffe’s slidepack on “Rethinking the groupthink” about COVID-19

Vaccinations: Know your rights

Report of the Extra Parliamentary corona investigation committee

A disproportionate interference with right and freedoms the coronavirus regulations and the European convention on human rights

AMA statement on COVID and Mental health

Black Dog Institute Report on COVID & Mental health

Covid-19 Significant Societal and Mental Health Impacts – Highlights urgent need for innovation in treatments

Lockdown Sceptics

Swiss Policy Research

Covid-19 Significant Societal and Mental Health Impacts Highlights urgent need for innovation in treatments

A Sad State of Affairs – Tania de Jong

COVID-19: PANDEMIC.PROFIT.FALLOUT. Melissa Harrison

Make a submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into the Victorian Government response to the covid-19 pandemic  (submissions are open till 20 November 2020)

OPEN LETTERS BY DOCTORS

There’s been a spate of  Open Letters from health professionals demanding an end to the lockdowns. A few compiled below.

USA

“The Great Barrington Declaration” – DON’T BE PUT OFF BY THE BIG TITLE: THIS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

More than 500 Trump-backing doctors sign letter asking him to end shutdown,

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

The letter

Victorian doctors pen desperate letter to Dan Andrews about controversial State of Emergency Bill

UK

The letter – in the tweet below.

BELGIUM

The letter

Belgian doctors’ open letter 5 September 2020

Open Letter from Medical Doctors and Health Professionals to All Belgian Authorities and All Belgian Media

NETHERLANDS

The letter

(use Google translate to get an idea about what it is saying)

GERMANY

COVID-19, Urgent Reassessment, Diagnosis and Basic Principles of Infectiology: Open Letter from Professor Sucharit Bhakdi to German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel

One video “letter”

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Freedom of Information requests

FOI is the **most powerful** tool available to the people of Victoria. You can request DHSS for their Ministerial briefs (these MUST be provided to the public on request) that deal with evidence for masks, evidence for lockdowns, etc. etc.

Then publish these.

 

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The Great Hysteria and The Broken State

This book by Sanjeev Sabhlok explains that lockdowns are rejected by science, they violate Victoria’s public health laws and Victoria’s approved pandemic plan. They are illegal and therefore  criminal in every possible way. [See the publisher’s website]

E-BOOKAmazon (Kindle)
PRINT EDITIONBook DepositoryConnor Court Publishing  | BooktopiaBarnes and Noble | FishpondAbbey’s | Better World Books | Abe Books

The latest options for purchasing the print edition are available at Booko. (Note: The publisher has informed that Australia Post is currently taking up to a month to deliver the book.)

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Covid Medical Network

https://covidmedicalnetwork.com/

Statement of the Australian Covid Medical Network [PDF]

Monday 5th October 2020

The Victorian government’s response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus is now doing more harm than good. These measures will cause more deaths and result in far more negative health effects than the virus itself. Left unchecked, the Victorian government risks creating the state’s worst ever public health crisis.

Many Australian doctors and other health professionals consider the lockdown measures to be disproportionate, unscientific, excessively authoritarian and the cause of widespread suffering for many Victorians.

Thereby, we Australian Doctors and Health Professionals, in solidarity with thousands of international doctors, call for the cessation of all disproportionate measures that contravene the International Siracusa Principles.

These Siracusa Principles(1) are part of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory(2), and are recommended by the World Health Organisation(3). They require all public health management policies to meet standards of legality, evidence-based necessity and proportionality, and that they recognise our basic, universal and non-derogable human rights.

Children and adolescents are suffering and being needlessly harmed by the denial of normal social interactions such as play, schooling and relationships with family and friends, particularly as the virus poses an almost negligible risk. These effects on child and adolescent health will impact their future wellbeing for many years to come(4)

The ambition for ‘viral elimination’ and the intent of achieving “zero cases for a period of time”(5), is both irrational and unachievable, according to the best local and international evidence. The latest evidence suggests that ‘lockdown measures’ in general have limited effectiveness in reducing the viral health impacts in the long term.

The Victorian government’s measures are ‘anti-health’ and deny the principles of good medical practice. They constitute a disproportionate approach which relies on a fear-based media narrative as well as inadequate and misleading information. This must cease as soon as possible.

These policies seriously compromise the health of individuals and the wider community by imposing curfews, local travel restrictions, reduced exercise and outdoor activities, imposed isolation and the quarantining of the healthy, enforced mask wearing in open spaces, the denial of children’s play, the denial of socialisation and education with friends and peers and the disruption of family relationships. These policies are contrary to common-sense and the arbitrary application of laws enforcing these policies has created unnecessary disquiet in our community and a growing loss of confidence in those responsible for such decisions

The fear and societal anxiety caused by these policies has delayed presentations of many serious medical conditions, including cancers and heart disease. The interruptions to both public and private health-care systems has adversely impacted access to health services. The imposition of isolation on the elderly and the vulnerable has caused a dramatic increase in mental health problems. The interruption and closure of businesses has created significant financial and relationship strain for many families and further impacted the mental stress and negative health impacts we are witnessing

Evidence does not support these measures. The limited virulence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus for the vast majority of the population is now well established from the latest international data sets. When one also considers the serious limitations of PCR Covid swab tests for population screening and the resultant lack of clarity concerning the definitions of ‘Covid Cases’ and so called ‘Covid Deaths’, especially in the setting of Residential Aged Care, the policies of the Victorian government raise serious questions, requiring an urgent review and a broad independent inquiry.

It is incumbent on all of us to examine the bigger picture and assess the significant harms being inflicted on our society in the pursuit of a very narrow concept of ‘health’. We must re-establish the importance of our basic rights and freedoms and reflect deeply on what kind of society we wish to live in.

We believe there is a better way forward for Victorians and all Australians. A path founded on the principles of good medical practice, including:

  • Openness and Honesty
  • Humility and Consultation
  • Collaboration and Respect for Autonomy
  • To always encourage with Care, Hope and Reassurance;
  • Never to provoke Fear, Panic or Terror.

In light of these concerns we respectfully call for the following seven actions:

  • An open, honest and transparent discussion with the general public, with easily accessible information made available about the evidence and underlying assumptions used to inform decisions about the management of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. This should include, in particular, the evidence to justify the grave impacts on children and adolescents as well as clear estimates of the broader health and socio-economic costs and impacts
  • More collaboration and engagement with a broader range of medical specialists, other healthcare professionals and a diverse group of interdisciplinary leaders who can inform and assist in responding to the growing public health and socio-economic crisis we are witnessing, especially among the young, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable in our community.
  • An urgent review of the role of State of Emergency and State of Disaster powers in the management of public health issues and crises, with consideration given to how other more democratic approaches could be utilised in the future
  • An urgent review of the general management of pandemics in Australia, including an examination of the need for better communication, coordination and collaboration between State and Federal Governments. There is also an urgent need to establish clear and well-defined ‘stand-down’ parameters, in case of ‘false alarms’ or when it becomes foreseeable or evidential that the harms of the controlling policies are greater than the direct health impacts, or fatal potential, of the disease under consideration.
  • Consideration of the Commonwealth Government taking on greater responsibility and a more central role in organising and implementing a coherent and effective nationwide response in the management of future pandemics and national public health crises.
  • Consideration of an international initiative to create reliable and effective ‘early warning systems’ which would deliver accurate assessments of the dangers and realities of emerging pandemics, and would assist in more considered and proportionate responses to bio-security threats in the future.
  • Finally, we implore the governments of Australia, state and federal, to be ever mindful of the balance between loss of freedoms and basic rights and the promotion of public health, never losing sight of the potential for collateral harms to exceed the effects of the disease being managed.
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