Lack of access in the bush astounding
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.