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#5 Dr Neil Cunningham on protecting others

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Dr Neil Cunningham is an emergency physician at St Vincent's Hospital, where he oversees 600 junior doctors. Throughout his career, he has witnessed a number of pandemics, including Sars, Swine Flu, and now the Coronavirus. 

In this conversation with Sally Warhaft, he describes his duty to protect those around him – his patients, staff and family – in a year like no other.


Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

The Leap Year

The Leap Year is a podcast about the stretching, shrinking days of 2020, and the impact Covid-19 has had on Australians’ lives, presented by Sally Warhaft.