What happens to all that maths? Peter K Dunn Department of Mathematics and Computing University of Southern Queensland Introduction “M athematics pervades so many aspects of daily life that a sound knowledge is essential for informed citizenship ” (Senior Mathematics A Syllabus)
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Peter K Dunn
Department of Mathematics and Computing
University of Southern Queensland
“Mathematics pervades so many aspectsof daily life that a sound knowledge is essential for informed citizenship” (Senior Mathematics A Syllabus)
“The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard.” (Tukey)
“To isolate mathematics from the practical demands of the sciences is to invite the sterility of a cow shut away from the bulls”
Was the planned change and reasons for the change openly and frequently communicated?
SectionYes No Total
Administration 7 8 15
Critical care 7 13 20
Family health 24 14 38
Medical 15 9 24
Surgical 6 8 14
Mental health 1 8 9
Total 60 60 120
Hand, Daly, Lunn, McConway & Ostrowski (1994). A Handbook of Small Data Sets. London: Chapman and Hall
“There is currently a very marked shortageof professional statisticians across a range of disciplines in Australia.
“The hottest areas are biostatistics/bioinformatics and financial modelling…
“Advertisements for biostatisticians are going unfilled for a long time.
“The methodology division of the (Australian) Bureau of Statistics reports that the output of honours graduates in statistics is no longer sufficient to fill its annual recruitment needs.
“The need for statisticians is more recognized thaneven before in Australia and there are far more employmentopportunities than ever before.
“There are several jobs for every honours graduatethat Australia is producing.
“It is very difficult to understand why the number of graduate statisticians being produced by Australian universities is decreasing rather than increasing.” (Smyth)
You probably wouldn't trust your life to an untrained doctor,
or your teeth to an untrained dentist.
You probably wouldn't trust your money to an unqualified accountant.
Yet every day we rely on policies affecting ourhealth, prosperity and security that are foundedon unprofessional use of statistics. (SSA, p3).