A couple of weeks ago I posted on the Federal Government's belated stance on the indigenous communities, especially the children (and Peter wanted to know who'd put the burr under my saddle). At the end of that post, I mentioned that while watching the news, I saw that one of the surgeons at our practice had been nominated to the Emergency Response Task Force and said "watch this space".
Well, I had the responsibility of typing out his answers as to what his thoughts were on the whole thing. One thing I'll say about this guy is that he doesn't beat around the bush...he laid it on the line, well and truly. If what he has advised is acted upon...there will be a rocket up collected backsides and hopefully, the plight of our indigenous people will be radically improved.
This man is a compassionate, non-judgmental individual who has worked amongst our indigenous people for more than 20 years, bringing specialist services to the Outback, both for indigenous and non-indigenous people. He has a keen and genuine interest in our Outback communities and does as much as he can to bring them top rate medical services.
I have done seven hours of work on all this over the past two days and it has given me faith in the "system". I'm very proud to have been involved in the smallest possible way in the positive changes that, hopefully, will make life better for future generations of our Aboriginal people...the original population of Australia.
As I said in my previous post, this has been an ongoing problem for years and yet, the Federal Government has just made it a national emergency...funny, there's a Federal election coming up in the next few months, isn't it?
Okay, I've had my say and I'll shut up now.