The Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science recently identified Health and Environment on a list of nine top priorities. Decisions relating to these policy fields require objectives that have real longevity. In such sensitive areas, broad consultation and community participation are essential.
The growth of digital enterprises, coupled with Government initiatives to promote democracy in policymaking processes, is a phenomenon that will shape the identity of Australia as a science nation. A shift of this nature has a real ability to transform Healthcare and Environmental policy and strategy development into ‘for-the-public’ and ‘by-the-public’, empowering Australians in a way that would positively impact Australia’s population.