Are We All at Risk?

Turning the Tide on Health-


Good health is essential to human welfare and sustained economic and social development. In Australia we often take it for granted. But just a few hours flight from Brisbane our neighbours are suffering from preventable diseases such as malaria, HIV and AIDS, and tuberculosis, which are not only causing great hardship but, due to freedom of travel and close proximity, also put Queenslanders at risk.

For women, health risks are magnified by gender inequality and violence. Women’s risk of contracting HIV and AIDS is higher than men’s in many countries, because of the prevalence of rape, men having multiple partners, and women’s inability to negotiate safe sex. In many countries, women lack access to basic, essential health services and caring responsibilities and limited income make travelling for treatment difficult.

Australia pledged to take steps to improve conditions for the world’s poorest people in areas of child and maternal health and to reduce the spread and impact of infectious diseases by committing to the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.

Yet still, every year:

  • More than 340,000 women die as a result of complications during pregnancy or childbirth - in Timor-Leste, the risk of maternal mortality is 1 in 44 women, compared with 1 in 7,400 women in Australia.
  • There are over 240 million cases of malaria worldwide.
  • 8.1 million children under the age of 5 are still dying from preventable illnesses - pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and measles.



We are prepared to work with other countries on many things that are important for our shared financial future and regional stability, so why don’t we put as much effort into working together on what is really our shared future – health.

The solutions to many health issues are well-known, proven and cost effective. So, why can’t we do better? What are our responsibilities to each other and the world’s poor? And what can we do to ensure a safe and healthy future for us all?

Come along to this forum and be part of the discussion.

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  • Venue Ian Hanger Recital Hall Level 2, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University,
  • Date & time 12/04/2011 6:00:00 PM