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This month, Samantha Thomas was featured in the ABC article: Gambling advocates ‘horrified’ as Queensland pokies players lose record $301 million in a month, prompting calls for reform.

3knd, Melbourne’s only indigenous radio station, reported on the release of the ADAPT report from IHT’s Murnong Health Research Mob and VACCHO.

Croakey Health Media also featured the Murnong Health Research Mob in a report on the health benefits of low-emissions foods, including traditional Indigenous foods. The report discussed the Mob’s Making big business everybody’s business project.

Catherine Bennett and Hassan Vally continued to feature in the media across a range of COVID-related topics. Catherine spoke to SBS News about the protection face masks offer and to The Age regarding the free N95 face masks offered to Victorian public transport passengers. Amid a push for shorted COVID-19 isolation periods, Catherine was featured in The Guardian and published an article in The Conversation the potential impacts of shorter isolation periods.

Hassan spoke to the ABC about how habitual mask wearing likely helped Japan and other countries to reduce Omicron deaths, and published two articles in The Conversation. The first article addressed concerns about pets getting COVID, and the second discussed whether a ‘blood plague’ in World of Warcraft assisted scientists in modelling COVID-19.