Health, welfare and well-being

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Sirius Building, an apartment complex in Sydney by architect Tao Gofers. Photo by Eastberliner. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The bitter debate that we need to have about home ownership

Australians love houses. We have a culture where home ownership is expected. A mandatory rite of passage for anyone that can rustle up a deposit. And once you have bought, the government gives you a big thumbs up with a range of special exemptions for the family home. But housing […]

by × 17 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Micrograph of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Antimicrobial Resistance: Confronting a crisis on an international scale

“Antimicrobial resistance is a crisis that must be managed with the utmost urgency. As the world enters the ambitious new era of sustainable development, we cannot allow hard-won gains for health to be eroded by the failure of our mainstay medicines.” – Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization According to […]

by × 08 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Emergency room. Source: flickr U.S. Navy photo

What the emergency room taught me about being overworked

It was a hectic Saturday afternoon in the emergency room of a major Berlin hospital. The list of unseen patients was long, the hallways astir with nurses and doctors juggling diverse tasks and patients. I quickly greeted my busy colleagues and they briefed me on what had priority—no time for […]

by × 10 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, 15-18 July 2016. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.

African heads of state adopt scorecard on domestic financing for health

Last week the African Union launched the Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health. The launch comes on the heels of the adoption of the scorecard by the heads of state of the 54 African Union (AU) member states at the 27th AU Summit in Rwanda on 17 July 2016. […]

by × 14 September 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Tattoo artist. Source: Pixabay.

There’s a world beyond your profession. Unlock it.

It was during my second week working as a medical doctor that I attended to a man in his fifties who took an unsuspecting action that could have cost his life. He was annoyed with a tattoo on his forearm that he had acquired in his twenties. Conveniently, a tattoo […]

by × 16 August 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Humanitarian assistance to displaced and host communities in Mopti, central Mali. Photo by EU Humanitarian

Unlocking potential: Emerging evidence to inform child health policy

When the stakes are millions of unnecessary child deaths, the universal wisdom to learn from failure is loaded with value and urgency. Everyday, governments around the world are implementing policy with varying degrees of success, and learning from the experience. Rarely are these internal experiences studied with scientific methodology, synthesized […]

by × 21 June 2016 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

Breaking new ground: social impact financing in healthcare

As an Australian junior doctor doing the rounds on an otherwise unremarkable Monday, here is a list of conditions you might encounter on a typical hospital ward: lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, vascular disease, dementia…and so the list goes on. And don’t forget Mr Smith in Bed 2A – he […]

by × 20 May 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

A technician cleans the phaco machine after the day’s operations are done. India. Photo: Aravind Eye Hospital.

Do governments have a role to play in healthcare?

Scientific advancement in healthcare has allowed human beings to double their life spans and effectively address lethal diseases such as malaria, cholera and the plague that have in the past wiped out entire civilizations. While there is no disagreement among policymakers on the importance of healthcare, a key area of […]

by × 16 December 2015 ×