Monday, February 24, 2014

GHU reflection series: Public health in Australia

For this week's GHU, we took a special focus into the public health issues in Australia. Each group tackled a topic, and we came together to share at the end. Here are some of the biggest take away points for each group:

Our group discussed the recent reallocation of resources in Australia's mental health care system. While more funds are being directed toward treating adolescents, disadvantaged populations, and those with chronic, ongoing conditions, the reformulated plan is problematic in decreasing universal access to subsidized treatment sessions with psychologists.

We talked about how to make prostitution safer in Australia (following Sweden’s example of spearheading education and public education campaigns against the dangers of prostitution and trafficking).

Our group spoke about the prevalence of rip currents as a cause of death in Australia. It was surprising to us that rip currents was a public health issue, something that we've never thought about in the US. Similarly, we felt that it was difficult for us to imagine what an effective solution would look like because there is so much that we don't know about the culture surrounding this issue in Australia. 

We talked about what government can do to reduce the many diseases and increase the currently short life span of native Australians. We thought that the government should provide necessary resources to the natives such as education, jobs, mental institution, and food. 

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