Lack of ac­cess in the bush as­tound­ing

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Madi­son Watt Madi­son.Watt@chin­chillanews.com.au

WHEN I heard the Tzu-Chi Foun­da­tion had been com­ing to Tara ev­ery year to pro­vide free den­tal care for res­i­dents, I was gob­s­macked.

Hav­ing as­sumed ev­ery town would have its own den­tist, I was clueless to the fact that Tara didn’t.

In ac­tual fact, many re­gional towns don’t have den­tists, med­i­cal spe­cial­ists, birthing fa­cil­i­ties, or potable drink­ing wa­ter!

While I may sound naive, doesn’t it seem strange that in 21st cen­tury Aus­tralia, we don’t have easy ac­cess to these ne­ces­si­ties?

It may not be vi­able to have some of these im­por­tant fa­cil­i­ties in cer­tain towns due to low pop­u­la­tion or other fac­tors, but doesn’t it seem il­log­i­cal not to have a den­tist?

We hu­mans haven’t yet ad­vanced to a stage where we don’t need teeth.

Isn’t it il­log­i­cal not to have birthing fa­cil­i­ties at ev­ery hos­pi­tal?

It’s not like hu­mans are go­ing to stop pro­cre­at­ing any time soon.

Isn’t it il­log­i­cal not to have potable drink­ing wa­ter?

To think that hav­ing run­ning drink­ing wa­ter is con­sid­ered a myth in some parts sounds like we’ve trav­elled back to the Dark Ages!

It may be in­cred­i­bly ex­pen­sive to have some of these ser­vices run in ru­ral re­gions, but there must be some way to have drink­able tap wa­ter!

Maybe I’m just a journo from the city who knows lit­tle about life out bush, but I know there are some things ev­ery­one, no mat­ter where they are, should have ac­cess to.

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