What do Delhi’s Free Clinics Teach Us about Providing Healthcare at the Margins?
Free Public Lecture
Australia India Institute
149 Barry Street
Improving the health of rural and Indigenous communities is a challenge for both India and Australia. In Australia the mean life expectancy for an Indigenous person is 10 years less than for a non-Indigenous person. Socio-demographic health inequities across India are large. Access to healthcare for remote Australian Indigenous communities is poor. India has a shortage of 340 000 doctors, most severely in rural areas.
The charitable and government sectors in both countries have attempted to address such inequalities in a variety of ways, with varying degrees of success. The National Rural Health Mission in India and the National Indigenous Eye Health Program in Australia have developed models of care that demonstrate important lessons as to what works in both marginalised community contexts.
What can be learned about these experiences for improving healthcare among marginalised communities in India and Australia?
Professor Glenn Bowes, Associate Dean (Advancement), Professor, Department of Paediatrics
Dr Thomas Mathew, Catholic Health Association of India
Dr Thomas Mathew
Catholic Health Association of India
Father Dr Thomas Mathew leads the Catholic Health Association of India, the second largest healthcare provider in India with more than 3,500 member institutions that care for more 20 million people each year. He will explore CHAIs approach to providing health and disability care to those who are disadvantaged by poverty, education and geography.
Professor Hugh Taylor, Harold Mitchell Professor of Indigenous Eye Health
Professor Hugh Taylor
Harold Mitchell Professor of Indigenous Eye Health
University of Melbourne
Professor Hugh Taylor is the Harold Mitchell Professor of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne. He will share his experiences in tackling avoidable blindness in Australia’s remote and indigenous communities. In particular, Professor Taylor will draw out lessons from scaling up approaches to promote eye health in remote Australia.