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Why Study Abroad?

posted Feb 7, 2014, 1:09 PM by Ezra Lockhart   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 7:58 PM ]
Since autism is the fastest growing pervasive developmental disability, I certainly believe there will be great need for all types of therapists to help with autism diagnosed people over the next several generations. That being said, government and healthcare systems also impact these families and individuals. There will additionally be great need for these systems to align with the goals of the developmentally disabled.

My current plan is to affect change on a systems-level for the community I serve. My goals are 1) to achieve an understanding of clinical and policy issues relevant to providing services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders; 2) the ability to assess and critically evaluate research literature pertaining to health, health policy, and disability; 3) the ability to contribute to this body of knowledge; and 4) to improve the standard of care of the individuals and communities I serve. 

I gained admission to graduate studies at the University of Sydney--ranked 4th in the nation. The specific program with the Faculty of Health Sciences will give me an international perspective on health policy and healthcare delivery from the world’s leading country in universal health coverage. I am resolute in my personal dedication to bring about new approaches and apply best practices to ameliorate the standard of care for the Autistic Community. This international perspective will give me valuable insight to achieve the previous goals mentioned. 

Health policy in the United States of America is currently a hot topic with the recent changes to Medicaid, Medicare, and the newly implemented universal healthcare. Since 1984, through the Medicare program, Australia has successfully coordinated a public- and private-health scheme. Studying with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney will expose me to a 30-year functional healthcare system and supply me with not only a translatable example, but provide me with theoretical underpinnings and practical know-how crucial to shaping our nation’s health policy. As an informed, internationally-minded citizen I will be able to affect policy in this country.