Who are rural Australian immigrants?

Airplanes and immigration policies have brought a rich mix of people from all over the globe to live in Australia. Melbourne and Sydney are global cities, but outside of the capitals the population does not look or sound so diverse.  …

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Immigrants in the country: torturing the numbers

Statisticians have an expression: torture the data until they confess.  Tickle tables of census results and you are likely to reveal deeper or more nuanced truths. In my first post on immigrants in regional Australia I showed that the proportion …

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The surprising lack of immigrants in regional Australia

Australia is a population of migrants. In the 2011 census, thirty per cent of usual residents reported they were born outside of Australia and its external territories. But disproportionately Australia’s immigrants live in the capital cities.  In New South Wales, …

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Measure what you treasure

India-based evaluator Katherine Hay gave a recent talk exhorting international development agencies to think about what is most important and make that the measure of success. She challenged her audience to consider if India’s phenomenal economic growth was really more …

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Videoconferencing between rural patients and urban specialists finally here

It started with a passing comment.  My GP told me to wait in another office because the usual one was being used for a SKYPE consult between a local patient and a Perth specialist.  ‘Really? How long have you being …

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A population perspective on obesity

Here is a new perspective on the obesity question–one that brings in population. A study from the UK calculated the total weight of each population in the world and then calculated its total biomass and amount due to obesity (BMI …

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Where in the world people live

This stunning map of population density around the world made the rounds of demographers on twitter this month.  As far as I can tell, it originated from the National Geographic.  They are doing a series of stories about the world’s …

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To stay the same, we have to change: the Pope’s retirement an example of increasing life expectancy

The frail 85 year old Pope Benedict’s decision to retire is a historic act that shows how much population dynamics have changed. And yet it also reflects just how institutions like the church, businesses and universities are actually run very …

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