Over the past couple of weeks we have had a reported spike in malaria cases in some of our Pacific Island and South-east Asia neighbours and a confirmed polio case in Papua New Guinea (the first in 18 years).
Has Australia dropped the ball? As a country, we're less competitive and fewer of us are participating. Sport used to be about building character and mental toughness through competition and yes, failing. Like life.
As the debate about euthanasia rages, end-of-life and palliative care is neglected, with both quality and availability lacking. And yet, that's what the majority of dying people need so they can die at home without pain.