During October, the gender and reproductive health unit of the federal Department of Health held consultations in major cities on a “new National Women’s Health Policy”. The Melbourne consultation was at the Windsor Hotel. It was all very gracious – we were seated at tables in groups of 10, and a healthy lunch was provided with fruit for dessert, and no cakes or pastries. However, a revealing incident towards the end of the consultation rather spoilt the ambience of the occasion. One of the attendees – the only man present – made a verbal submission on how natural family planning achieved a higher success rate at lower cost for sub-fertile women who wished to have babies, compared to the lower success rate at much higher cost achieved by IVF procedures.…
Australian states bear the responsibility for healthcare and education matters.
We need to rethink the trajectory of pedagogy in Australia, and provide far better formation for young minds.
We also need to keep an eye on evolving healthcare policies, particularly regarding bioethical issues.
Read on for suggested policies and methods.