OECD18: ‘Healthcare for All: Homelessness, Addiction and Mental Health: How can we better access health care systems for people living on the streets?’

By April Cunningham (Central Queensland University)

Homelessness is a complex and increasing issue, with more than 4 million people a year experiencing it worldwide. At a recent symposium conducted at the 2018 Organisational Economics Co-operation Development (OECD) Meeting in Paris, a number of parties came together to discuss the factors contributing to homelessness around the world.

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Amy Plant: CQU Blog Contributor

Central Queensland University delegate Amy Plant has taken over the CQU Blog! Read her first post and remember to follow her Twitter (@Amyisthinking) to keep updated from the ground during the ECOSOC HLPF in New York. 

You can read her article here or copy the following URL into your browser http://bit.ly/AmyPlantCQUBlog

Central Queensland University is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and foreign policy. 

Amy Plant: Art, Social Inclusion, and the Sustainable Development Goals

Central Queensland University delegate Amy Plant is heading off to the ECOSOC HLPF in New York next week. Leading up to the summit Amy has written a fascinating article for the Good Word.

Amy Plant pictured at the Global Voices Canberra pre-departure briefings in May 

Amy Plant pictured at the Global Voices Canberra pre-departure briefings in May 

Amy works in Port Hedland for FORM, a NFP which utilises arts and culture programs to promote community development. The article combines Amy's experience at FORM with her research as part of the Global Voices Scholarship program. 

An extract for the article: 

Or, how do you measure what a young boy, no older than ten, was feeling as he sprinted across the Hedland Art Awards to tell me his grandmother had a painting in the exhibition? He asked me to read the artwork story, politely nodding and taking in the details. Later I watched him enthusiastically explain the painting in detail to his friend. The painting was by a senior Aboriginal artist from a Pilbara based art centre. Can we ever really capture what this experience meant and its impact on this young boy? To see his grandmother’s artwork and his culture displayed alongside dozens of other entries?

You can read the entire article by clicking here or by copying the following URL into your browser http://bit.ly/AmyPlantFORM

Central Queensland University is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and foreign policy. 

 

Y20 Summit Delegate: Rachael Stock

Rachael has undertaken work placements with K & L Gates in Brisbane. She also actively participating in a number of local orchestral and performing arts groups. She is a member of the Royal Flying Doctors Service Rockhampton Auxiliary and is also completing a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Accounting at Central Queensland University. 

After graduation, Rachael intends to gain professional admission while continuing to work within her local community. Rachael is attending the Y20 Summit in Shanghai with Global Voices and is looking forward to the opportunity to participate in conversations with young leaders from around the world.

As part of the Global Voices Research Fellowship, Rachael is evaluating the Murray Darling Basin Economic Diversification Program and other strategies to promote and develop sustainable technology industries in regional Australia. This project is inspired by Rachael’s local community, which is currently feeling the effects after the contracting mining industry.

Looking through Rachael's Spotify playlist right now, you’d find a bit of Maroon 5, her absolute favourite, as well as some Coldplay, Foster the People and some James Morrison with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

If Rachael could meet one person it would be Barack Obama. She loves the way that he connects with his audience when speaking in public as well as admiring his policies and positions. 

Loving the snow and the fact that you can find something for everyone to enjoy, Rachael’s favourite travel spot is Queenstown in New Zealand. However, she’d love to add New York City to her list of travel spots.

Central Queensland University is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and policy making.  

ECOSOC Delegate: Amy Plant

Amy Plant will be attending ECOSOC with Global Voices in New York. She has a background in not-for-profit project management, having worked for eight years in Western Australia with FORM. FORM is a non-profit cultural organisation working with interdisciplinary creative teams to deliver creative arts projects. After finishing up at FORM, Amy moved to Mackay in North Queensland to study a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Business at Central Queensland University. 

Amy is interested in non-profit arts sector policy after the recent controversy with Creative Arts funding. She is particular interested in how policy guides the development of particular creative programs. 

As part of the Global Voices Research Fellowship Amy will evaluate strategies to preserve and showcase Indigenous intangible cultural heritage materials.

Central Queensland University is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and policy making. 

Lydia O'Meara: New Internationalist Contributor

Lydia O'Meara attended the OECD Forum in 2015. As a Global Voices delegate Lydia contributed to the New Internationalist blog.

Click here to read Lydia's story 'Nutrition is Key: Eating our way to Indigenous health equality',

Or copy the following URL into your browser http://bit.ly/lydiaomeara-newinternat

Lydia is studying a Bachelor of Medical Sciences at Central Queensland University specialising in nutrition. She works in the Emergency Department at Cairns Base Hospital and is passionate about developing culturally competent, evidence -based and affordable governmental policies to provide equal opportunities for rural and remote indigenous health populations to access and utilise affordable fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Global Voices would like to thank Central Queensland University for supporting Lydia's place to the OECD Forum. To find our more about our Partnerships program visit globalvoices.org.au/partners