The humanities aren’t fluffy, but essential, if Australia wants maximum return on our investment in healthcare and medical research.
Can you name the Australian health researcher who has saved the most lives? It’s Simon Chapman, the anti-smoking researcher. He also happens to be a sociologist.
It’s a distinction I’ve been thinking about since the federal government announced its overhaul of university funding that will double fees for humanities courses.
I’ve recently shared these thoughts in an article for the Canberra Times.