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Way Back When Historians: Online Session: Diseases of the past

Session Info:

We are currently living through one of the most significant events of our generation. COVID-19 is disrupting daily life for people across the globe, but it is not the first time that thousands of people all over the world have experienced a major event like this, caused by a dangerous disease.

This session will explore similar events from the past, and consider them particularly in terms of their Australian contexts. What was it like to experience the Spanish flu in 1918, or one of the polio epidemics in mid-20th century Australia? What was it like for people who got sick and needed hospital care? What was it like for doctors and nurses? How did the community come together to support each other? And what can we learn from these diseases of the past, to help us as we experience a similar event in our own times?

Topics covered:

* Spanish influenza pandemic – Australian contexts
* Polio epidemics in Australia in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s
* Impact of these events on daily life
* Ongoing legacy of these events

Delivery platform:

Live via Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts. Or we would be happy to discuss creating a pre-recorded version.

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