Public Health

Episode 46 - Health Equality in an Unequal World with Jay Stiles

Have you ever wondered how we make decisions in Australia about health? Who came up with the anti-smoking laws and why? How should we approach childcare, high blood pressure, diabetes and or even just how many days we should work in the week? These are all issues that 30 year old Jay Stiles seeks to understand and influence as a Health Economist and Podiatrist.

Caspar and Jay caught up to chat all things how we as a country should prioritise our competing health issues and possible solutions to create equity in health outcomes. They journey through Jay’s career working on the frontline as a podiatrist in the western suburbs, within diverse and ageing communities, moving through to research into politician’s life expectancy and more. Fundamentally, Jay tries to understand how to use our limited health resources for the most benefit and to make Australians as healthy as possible.

This episode was hosted by Caspar Roxburgh, produced by Nina Roxburgh, edited by Charlotte Morton and features music by Big Gigantic.

Jay Stiles and Caspar at Lupine Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Jay Stiles and Caspar at Lupine Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Episode 43 - Life and Death with Grace Wetherall

In our final episode for season 2, Caspar speaks with 32-year-old registered nurse Grace Wetherall. Grace works in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) where she looks after patients in critical conditions with acute injuries often leading to death. Grace explains how people are more likely than ever to die in a hospital instead of in their own home. She outlines the difference between end of life care in ICUs versus palliative care, how hospitals can almost always keep us 'breathing' and how this differs from a 'meaningful recovery'. The two discuss the merits of voluntary euthanasia and the challenges of working in the medical field. As always, this podcast was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Caspar and Grace bingeing through the Brisbane air!

Caspar and Grace bingeing through the Brisbane air!

Episode 8: Disability Support with Adie Volich

Welcome back Bingers! This episode of Binge Thinking saw Caspar sitting down with Disability Support Worker, Adie Volich. Adie has worked face-to-face with people living with disabilities at the Melbourne-based Milparinka organisation for the last eight years. They binged on the physical and social barriers that people with disabilities face in Australia. Adie shared her views on the misconceptions about what kind of life a person with physical or mental disabilities can have.

Caspar and Adie also got bingeing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the policy game-changer for people in Australia living with disabilities, currently being rolled out. Do you know someone with a disability? Maybe you have one yourself? Are you afraid of people with disabilities or are you just not sure how to behave around them? Let yourself be challenged by Adie’s expert perspective and get on our level.

As always, this episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.

Happy Bingeing! 

Disability support worker Adie Volich challenges our views of people living with disability and the rollout of the NDIS

Disability support worker Adie Volich challenges our views of people living with disability and the rollout of the NDIS