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

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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?

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.

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.