About Lydia

Lydia O'Meara is a Medical Sciences student at Central Queensland University. In 2015 she attended the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris as a delegate of Global Voices.

Global Voices is a not-for-profit, youth-led organisation that facilitates opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policy.

Nutrition is key: eating our way to Indigenous health equality

What do children in the Central African Republic and the Australian Northern Territory have in common?

Children in both countries are likely to suffer from life-threatening wasting which means that they do not weigh enough for their height. In fact, the situation is worse in Australia – 11% compared to 7.4% in Africa. Worryingly, wasting is a strong predictor of early childhood mortality.

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