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1. Imagine that you are writing a letter to your son who is serving overseas in the war effort. He likes to know what is going on at home and he has mentioned in his last letter that he is wondering how the family is coping with food rationing.

Make a list of all the things you will cover about rationing in your letter.

Compare your list with this sample one. Compare your answer

2. You are an American serviceman recently arrived in Western Australia and stationed in Cottesloe. You have had one home visit with a local family and on your next visit you have promised to bring them some real American food and to make them something special to eat.

What will you take with you and what will you make for them?

Compare your choice with this sample answer. Compare your answer

3. Match the diseases/conditions listed below with the appropriate drug treatment.

Disease/condition Treatment
throat infection cortico-steroids
kidney disease antibiotic penicillin
whooping cough anticoagulants
thrombosis (blood clots) sulpha drugs

Check your answers. Compare your answer

4. It's 1948. You are the Minister for Health, Senator Nicholas McKenna. You are visiting Western Australia and have been asked to speak on ABC local radio about the Federal government's new health legislation - the National Health Act - and to outline the government's campaign to eradicate tuberculosis.

What will you say to West Australians?

Compare your speech with this sample one. Compare your answer

5. Imagine that you are the Director of the Lady Lawley Cottage. It is late 1948. A journalist from the Western Mail newspaper has called to interview you about the current poliomyelitis epidemic. What will you answer in reply to the following three questions?


Thank you director for giving some of your valuable time today. I would like to start by asking you why poliomyelitis used to be called infantile paralysis?

Could you outline the basic symptoms of poliomyelitis and some of the outcomes of the disease?

I can see that we are able to treat polio even if we can't cure it but what about prevention?

Compare your interview with this sample one. Compare your answer

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