Adelaide pathologist Heddy Zola wants more squat toilets to address needs of large migrant population

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Could not believe this when I read it.  




SQUAT toilets should be considered for new buildings, says a leading pathologist who has had to instruct his staff in correct use of western toilets.

SA Pathology research director Professor Heddy Zola says it is probably time Adelaide acknowledged the cultural needs of its large migrant population. Squat toilets, also known as Nile pans, are preferred in parts of Asia and Europe. "In the research environment, the native-born Australian is a rarity," Professor Zola said. "We do very well with our immigrant population.

"I'm a migrant myself and we do need to accommodate them." In his monthly research newsletter, he has included a page on "toilet etiquette", which includes a diagram, with a cross through it, of a stick figure standing on a toilet seat.

The instructions also include an appeal not to throw water on the floor. He said there had been a recurring problem with the state of the toilets in his IMVS building, on Frome Rd.

At one stage, a PhD student had cleaned up after others to spare the cleaners the task. "I think it's a mixture of cultural differences and just people not giving a damn about who comes after them,'' Professor Zola said. He said it would be "sensible" to install squats in new buildings, especially those used by large numbers of migrant students and staff.

"I wouldn't be surprised if in 30 years' time, all buildings had to have both styles,'' he said. The University of Adelaide has "culturally sensitive amenities" to cater for students and staff from more than 90 countries, a spokeswoman told The Advertiser.

"We have prayer rooms with culturally appropriate ablutions at both Union House and Nexus10 as well as squat toilets in the Ingkarni Wardli building," she said.

"It is important to consider culturally sensitive amenities as part of building development planning. "Feedback from occupants and visitors alike is invariably positive and it further reinforces the university's values of inclusivity and tolerance." Flinders University also has installed squat toilets and special washrooms.

UniSA has none but has recognised a problem and placed signs on cubicle doors, asking users not to stand on seats.

The new South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute building on North Terrace does not have squat toilets.

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Yep. they can't use a western toilet so we need to cater for a very very very small minority.

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  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
When in Rome : "Do as the Romans do"
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
When in Rome : "Do as the Romans do"
Michelle12

The whole idea is a load of CRAP!
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
It is a ruse to allow the flag-waving, far-right ultra-nationalist crowd to legitimately call immigrants 'squatters', then make a crap joke.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
We'd all better start learning a lot of foreign languages to "address the needs of a large migrant population".  Where is all this nonsense going to end?  You come here as migrants; you're welcome. Learn to live in Australia with our laws and customs.

We'll change our laws and customs on the same day that I take my girlfriend into a bar in Saudi Arabia ( for example ) and buy us a couple of beers.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Should we also remove the hand basin, soap and hand driers from the toilets as well, just so we can cater to the lack of hygiene also common to places with squat toilets.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The whole idea is a load of CRAP!
"bevans"


Yep, One does wonder if the Professor will also be pushing for shower facilities in public toilets to cater for those religious persons who shower after their bodies perform it's waste disposal functions to ensure they are "cleansed"?
{you know, those charming happy people in orange robes}
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
So I assume whenever we go overseas we have the right to demand a "western" toilet be present in any building we might want to go into?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Learn to live in Australia with our laws and customs.

Valvegear
I didn't see any new arrivals asking for this, only an Australian academic.

Unfortunately some (surprisingly) then immediately seek to turn it into another 'us and them' situation.  

Despite some concerns over hygiene, squat toilets are actually much better for our physical health.
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

I didn't see any new arrivals asking for this, only an Australian academic.

Unfortunately some (surprisingly) then immediately seek to turn it into another 'us and them' situation.  

Despite some concerns over hygiene, squat toilets are actually much better for our physical health.
bingley hall
bloody hard to read the paper  whilst using them
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Unfortunately some (surprisingly) then immediately seek to turn it into another 'us and them' situation.
"bingley hall"
I can't speak for anyone else, but as far as I'm concerned it's a "him and me" situation.  I make my point to the so-called "leading" pathologist.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Despite some concerns over hygiene, squat toilets are actually much better for our physical health.
bingley hall
Better for your large intestine - however squat plates are very difficult for the elderly or infirm.
  hosk1956 Deputy Commissioner

Location: no where near gunzels
This sort of media beat up gives me the smeg!!  OK, that's the joke out of the way.
Surely it is easier for a foreigner to understand a to use a western toilet than it is for a westerner to become a squatter!!!
How hard can be it be, you sit down, you do your business, you wipe your donkey's rear, for smeg sake, this academic is talking about other academic's, how stupid must they (or she) be??
Besides, I have a bad back and dicky knees, if I had to squat I would be seriously looking at a hand basin, and not to wash my hands in!!!

Wayne
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I didn't see any new arrivals asking for this, only an Australian academic.

Unfortunately some (surprisingly) then immediately seek to turn it into another 'us and them' situation.  

Despite some concerns over hygiene, squat toilets are actually much better for our physical health.
bingley hall

Let's hope he never gets a real job this guy, think of the useless ideas he could really come up with!
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
If the migrants can't learn to respect and adopt some of the ways in Australia, then they can always do a 'U' turn and go back to where they came from.
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
bingley hall is right. They're better for your digestive tract, and they're actually more hygienic as they're non-contact.
  SAR520SMBH Train Controller

Gees, lucky this isn't Japan, the immigrants would be up s#@t creek if they tried to use a bidet toilet.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
No need to, sunshine, I was born here.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
No need to, sunshine, I was born here.
Michelle12
That wasn't what I meant Razz
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
How many people die from contact with a western toilet may I ask. Are there statistics about it. I doubt it. I used to be a plumber and have installed plenty of western toilets most can be done in about a hour or so. That is not letting the mortar dry that holds the bowl down though, that can take 24 hours before it can be used. But to put in or replace a squat toilet is going to cost a fair bit and take a bit of time as well. For one the toilet itself cannot be placed in the actual floor of the building. You cannot just remove any section of a floor in a multistory building to install them. That means they would need to be specially converted or modified to have a false floor built up around them with possible steps up to it. You would not have enough room for ramps in a normal building toilet here! Access problems arise here then!

So that alone would probably negate them plus the sheer cost of installing them. Not to mention the time taken to do each toilet on every floor as well. Plumbers will be getting rich putting these in though if it was bought in, might have to go back to my old trade by the looks of it. A licence to print money almost!
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
Toilet thing is another beat up - plays well to the small minded reactionaries though Rolling Eyes
If the migrants can't learn to respect and adopt some of the ways in Australia, then they can always do a 'U' turn and go back to where they came from.
Michelle12

Yes but I'd like to think that Australia is a work in progress. Earlier arrivals have always looked down on the culture and habits of newer 'different' ones.
P.S. As for the sentiment, apply it to those who don't believe in Australia enough to want it to have an Australian head of state Wink
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Toilet thing is another beat up - plays well to the small minded reactionaries though Rolling Eyes

Yes but I'd like to think that Australia is a work in progress. Earlier arrivals have always looked down on the culture and habits of newer 'different' ones.
P.S. As for the sentiment, apply it to those who don't believe in Australia enough to want it to have an Australian head of state Wink
Groundrelay

How about Abbott's head, just lop it off! Laughing
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
When in Rome : "Do as the Romans do"
Michelle12

Except here, where everyone else tells the "Romans" what to do - AND seem to get away with it.

Interestingly, you go there and tell them that you want a seat toilet, and they'll tell you for all kinds of cultural reasons where to shove it.

That said, I doubt you'd have the same success here with their response either.

Regards
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
I think that calling them 'squat' toilets is a bit rude, 'vertically challenged' is probably more appropriate.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I think that calling them 'squat' toilets is a bit rude, 'vertically challenged' is probably more appropriate.
TheBlacksmith



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