Queensland government in Australia has come up with a “Health Care Providers’ Handbook on Hindu Patients” as a “quick-reference tool for health workers to use when caring for Hindu patients”.
It covers a range of topics including “prayer and meditation, astrological beliefs, karma, fasting, end of life issues, maternity care, and food requirements.”
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has applauded Queensland government for this clinical support resource, saying that “it is a step in the right direction”. Knowing the beliefs and practices of Hindus would help the providers deliver better healthcare.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other governments around the world also to come up with such handbooks so that healthcare providers understand the Hindu patients better and be more sensitive to their feelings and requirements. If governments need any help in creating such handbooks, he or other Hindu scholars would gladly assist.
Queensland, seven times the size of Great Britain and having over 200 national parks, is known for Great Barrier Reef, Gold Coast, XXXX beer, 300 days of sunshine, Daintree rainforest, etc. About 1/3 of Queenslanders are migrants or the children of migrants. Penelope Wensley is the Governor while Anna Bligh is the Premier.