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Footage emerges of Dr Nick Coatsworth dancing and singing at Canberra Hospital charity event

Dr Nick Coatsworth like you’ve never seen him before: Bizarre video surfaces of face of Australia’s vaccine rollout wearing a wig and singing ‘you make me feel like dancing’

  • Coatsworth was filmed singing along to the 70s hit at a 2020 charity event
  • He’d promised to sing if $200,000 was raised at Can Give Day in Canberra
  • Dr Coatsworth is usually seen in a more serious manner giving insights on Covid 


Bizarre footage has emerged of Australia’s former deputy chief health officer Nick Coatsworth singing along to a 70s classic while donning an afro wig.

The infectious disease expert was doing his best rendition of Leo Sayer’s You Make Me Feel Like Dancing for the Can Give Day charity event for the Canberra Hospital Foundation back in 2020.

Dr Coatsworth had promised he would sing at the main entrance to the Canberra Hospital if $200,000 in donations were raised, something that was quickly achieved.

The real Sayer had already performed at the event revving up the crowd to donate.

Bizarre footage has emerged of Australia’s former deputy chief health officer Nick Coatsworth singing along to a 70s classic while donning an afro wig

‘The event’s been so well run. Leo Sayer is amazing,’ Dr Coatsworth said at the time.

‘It just makes me feel like wanting to be alive in the early ’70s. I think he’s got a lot of competition from me, probably more on the dancing, rather than singing front.’ 

The amusing performance is worlds away from what many Aussies have come to know the professor as.

Dr Coatsworth has been a vocal commentator on the Covid situation in Australia, regularly providing insights into cases and infection levels.

Earlier this week he suggested there is little evidence to show face masks reduce the risk of Covid transmission in primary school students.

Masks will be mandatory in Victoria – and ‘highly recommended’ in NSW – for students in Year 3 when schools return from the summer holidays on January 31.  

The infectious disease expert was doing his best rendition of Leo Sayer's You Make Me Feel Like Dancing for the Can Give Day charity event for the Canberra Hospital Foundation back in 2020

The infectious disease expert was doing his best rendition of Leo Sayer’s You Make Me Feel Like Dancing for the Can Give Day charity event for the Canberra Hospital Foundation back in 2020

‘I have always been pretty definite on this,’ Dr Coatsworth told the Today show. ‘I continue to be definite. No masks for primary school students.

‘I simply don’t think the evidence is there to suggest that it reduces transmission.’ 

He admitted the issue was a ‘grey area’ and rules could soon change if authorities notice a significant rise in Covid cases when schools resume.

‘Victoria’s mandating it – that’s fine. In NSW, it is optional – that’s fine as well. The evidence is a grey area. Some states may choose to go a little bit further,’ he said.

‘The idea is let’s start school. Let’s get comfortable again. And then we can review some of these mitigation measures in the coming months.’ 

Earlier this month the top doctor urged parents to ‘leave fear behind’ and not worry if they couldn’t book their kids in to get the Covid-19 vaccine before school returns. 

‘I wanted to remind parents of that, that this is primarily a disease that affects adults severely and affects children mildly,’ he told the Today Show. 

‘So if you’re a parent, as I am, I don’t think we need to get concerned about how quickly we get our five to 11-year-olds vaccinated, in particular, do not be concerned if you can’t get an appointment before school goes back. 

‘I don’t think I will be able to get an appointment before school goes back. I might for my kids. But I won’t be concerned if that’s not the case.’

Dr Coatsworth has been a vocal commentator on the Covid situation in Australia, regularly providing insights into cases and infection levels

Dr Coatsworth has been a vocal commentator on the Covid situation in Australia, regularly providing insights into cases and infection levels

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