2020 Retrospective | The Dynamic Duo – with Professor Brendan Murphy and Caroline Edwards

This week we begin the 2020 Retrospective Series of Work with Purpose. Over the coming weeks, we will be uploading some of the podcast highlights from 2020.

In this week’s episode of Work with Purpose, we re-play contentgroup CEO David Pembroke’s June interview with Professor Brendan Murphy and Caroline Edwards. He loves Italy, her mother was born in Spain. He is learning to sing; she grew up with a father who was totally blind.

In this remarkable interview, Work with Purpose speaks to the people and the partnership that subdued the COVID-19 health crisis in Australia. Both Brendan and Caroline were instrumental in crafting Australia’s medical response to COVID-19. With the pandemic still going today, their perspective is just as insightful today as it was in June.

Brendan Murphy recounts the heartache of closing Australia’s borders and many businesses. Caroline Edwards tells of the late-night WhatsApp conversations with her family in Spain as the virus tore through that European country up ending their way of life.

In this powerful and personal episode of Work with Purpose, you are left reassured that Australia’s “Team Health’, a team of thousands of hard working, intelligent public servants pulled together to get it done when it mattered most.

Discussed in this episode:

  • Professor Murphy’s love for languages.
  • When the Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy first heard of COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 protection processes.
  • Suspending “normal” department rules and processes.
  • Professor Brendan Murphy dealing with newfound fame.
  • Partnerships between government departments to support Australians.