Mask mandate Australia: Chief marketing officer distances himself from Albo’s mental health statement

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly revealed that he never advised Prime Minister Anthony Albanese not to impose mask-wearing mandates on mental health grounds, showing that this should ultimately be decided by political leaders.

In an exclusive interview with news.com.au, Professor Kelly said he understands the expectations at the start of the pandemic that doctors are telling political leaders what to do.

However, he said they are ultimately “the decision makers” and he would never advise mandatory mask use given that public health orders are a matter for the states.

In recent interviews, the prime minister has repeatedly stated that mask requirements are not being discussed for a variety of reasons, including mental health concerns, suggesting that the reason was also that “chief medical officers had in mind”, and citing meetings with Professor Kelly.

“There are two things in the game. One is mental health considerations. The introduction of control over people’s behavior affects their health, it’s just a reality,” Mr. Albanese said.

But Prof Kelly told news.com.au he never gave any advice that mandatory masks could affect mental health.

“I never gave mental health advice about masks,” he said.

“It’s not really my area.”

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Similarly, he said he did not see it as his job to instruct politicians to wear masks.

Instead, he emphasized that his strong current advice is to encourage the use of masks, but how this is implemented should ultimately be decided by political leaders.

“The advice is this: in the current situation, with rising rates or rising numbers of cases in the community that we know escape immunity and are highly contagious, that whatever we can do now to reduce this spread, to slow the spread is important.” Professor Kelly said.

“We know masks work.”

But Professor Kelly said that ultimately political leaders were “decision makers.”

“I know people expect doctors in the past to tell you what to do,” he said.

“I have to give advice on what can be done, but governments have to make decisions by bringing in whatever other information and advice they need, like mental health advice, like social advice, like economic advice, whatever, for making these decisions. .

“The government makes decisions. We live in a democracy, not a technocracy.”

Asked what he would do if the prime minister came to him and asked for a mandate to wear masks, Professor Kelly said public health orders should be issued by the states.

“I would very strongly advise him that this is really a matter for the states,” he said.

Speaking to ABC radio in Melbourne last week, Mr. Albanese again raised the issue of mandates’ impact on mental health.

“Another thing you have to keep in mind is the mental health aspects of the limitations of people’s behavior. We need to strike the right balance,” he said.

“And I think this is something that the chief medical officers have taken into account. I know this from Professor Kelly and the meetings I had with him and I met with him regularly in my capacity as prime minister. And we will continue to do so.”

In the same interview, he said that no chief minister or prime minister was in favor of a mandate, and stated that Professor Kelly also “didn’t put forward a plan for mandates”.

“He was using the same language that I have seen with state premiers, which is that people should be strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors where they are in circumstances where they cannot socially distance themselves,” he said.

On Sunday, Mr. Albanese was asked again on Sky News why he argues that the introduction of this requirement would have an adverse reaction in terms of mental health.

He referred to the experience of his son Nathan and other young Australians.

“No, for the sake of clarity, I mentioned the general restrictions on human behavior that happened,” he said.

“If you know, I have a 21-year-old son who hasn’t been on campus for nearly two years since he received his university degree.

“It’s really hard for young people, especially for young people who can’t go out and exercise in the usual way.”

Originally published as Marketing director Paul Kelly says he never gave mental health advice about the mandatory wearing of masks.

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