Podcast: Australia’s Drinking Water Divide


Australia needs a national drinking water quality database, says new study – we talk to Paul Wyrwoll and Evie Rose, two authors of the study, about why this episode of Policy Forum Module.

How many Australians do not have access to safe, good quality drinking water? What does it mean for people’s lives to not have access to water that meets Australian health and aesthetic standards for water quality? And how can policymakers ensure that people in remote and remote areas of Australia have agency and power in decision-making about their water services? On this episode of Policy Forum Module, Dr Paul Wyrwoll and Evie Rose join Professor Sharon Bessell and Dr Arnagretta Hunter to discuss their new research on water access in Australia. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3ps6rxY

Paul Wyrwoll is a researcher at the ANU Institute for Water Futures and the Crawford School of Public Policy. He works on water economics and policy in Australia and Asia-Pacific, with a focus on clean water supply, large water infrastructure and nature-based solutions to flood control. and water quality control.

Evie Rose is a PhD candidate at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University studying the policy challenges of drinking water safety and quality in remote Aboriginal communities in central Australia.

Arnagretta Hunter is a Human Futures Fellow at ANU College of Health and Medicine, Cardiologist, Physician, and Clinical Lecturer at ANU Medical School.

Sharon Bessel is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Children’s Policy Center and the Poverty and Inequality Research Center at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

View Notes | The following were mentioned during this episode:

“How many Australians lack safe, good quality drinking water? »Paul Wyrwoll et al, Policy Forum (2022)

“Measuring drinking water quality and policy gaps in regional and remote Australia”Paul Wyrwoll et al, NPJ Clean Water (2022)

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“Securing the Supply: Governing Drinking Water in the Northern Territory”Liam Grealy and Kirsty Howey Australian geography (2020)

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