A look at how many of Australia’s top 100 nursing schools have pool access for goldfish, a freshwater fish found only in Australia and New Zealand.
Key points:More than 50 per cent of Australian schools have pools for goldfishes and a further 50 per ct of schools have swimming pools for other freshwater fishSource: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)What’s more, about 10 per cent have a large pool.
That compares with less than 1 per cent for the world as a whole, according to the NHMRC.
The National Health Foundation’s Goldfish Council has recommended swimming pools in some schools for the fish.
“We’re working hard on educating our nursing students to have a good pool,” National Health Minister Nicola Roxon said.
Ms Roxon has promised to get the Australian Government’s Gold Fish Pool program started by 2020.
The pool is a public-private partnership with the Commonwealth and a joint venture between Goldfish Australia and the University of New South Wales.
Dr Rebecca Boulton, who runs the Goldfish Centre in Darwin, said it was great to see the program getting underway.
“[Goldfish Australia] has been very supportive of the government,” she said.
“It really is an opportunity to get more people involved and support each other, to help each other out.”
They really want to see schools doing this.
“Goldfish is a freshwater species found only on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, but it can also be found in the Great Lakes region.”
There are a number of things we do to help support it,” Ms Boulston said.
She said the Goldfishes have a “huge potential” for rehabilitation and rehabilitation for fish.”
This is an important part of the reef ecosystem,” she explained.
The pool would provide an opportunity for children to learn about freshwater fish, which was an important component in the school day, she said, but the GoldFishes were a “much more interesting fish”.”
The children in the swimming pool can learn how to identify goldfishing, which is something that is really exciting to me,” Ms Doulton said.