Melanie Cheng

is a doctor, writer and The Saturday Paper’s health columnist.

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Life September 04, 2021

A pandemic of the homesick

Homesickness is no longer classified as a disease, yet it causes both anxiety and depression. The pandemic has magnified the grief and loss of distance and separation.

podcast August 04, 2021

The millions of Australians let down by our health system

More than three million Australians face a health crisis that can severely impact their quality of life: chronic pain. But many people experiencing chronic pain are let down by an outdated healthcare system.

Life August 07, 2021

The limits of telehealth

Telehealth has been a crucial part of medicine during the pandemic – although it has also been a limiting one.

Life June 26, 2021

Opioids and chronic pain

Three million Australians suffer from chronic pain – a condition that ruins lives and drains the health system. But will a multidisciplinary management strategy help to fight the opioid crisis?

podcast June 03, 2021

Why it keeps happening to Victoria

Victoria’s lockdown has been extended for another week, as health authorities race to contain Covid-19. Today, Dr Melanie Cheng on what went wrong this time and what it will take to control this outbreak.

Life May 29, 2021

Medical uncertainty

The act of being made aware and acknowledging that medicine is not an exact science is as important for trainee physicians as it is for worried patients.

podcast May 24, 2021

Are Australians too complacent about Covid-19?

Australia’s rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine has been stymied by a combination of different factors including supply, distribution and vaccine hesitancy amongst the public. Today, Dr Melanie Cheng, on where Australia went wrong with its vaccine rollout.

Life May 01, 2021

Supporting international students

When we think of international students in monetary terms, we are ignoring their very human needs and challenges. Australia’s Covid-19 recovery will require these foreign visitors, but we need to rebuild trust and care.

Life March 27, 2021

Educate then vaccinate

A massive global investment produced a Covid-19 vaccine in record time. Now, a similar effort is required to provide evidence-based information to assist vaccine uptake.