Notice from the Public Health Association of Australia. Australian Greens have a smart health prevention plan.
Prevention better than cure
The PHAA remains concerned that there is too little focus by major political parties on preventing the enormous and long anticipated wave of chronic disease that is hitting communities. It’s especially worrying, since this wave will continue to impact as the population ages.
“It makes social and economic sense to keep people well throughout their lives rather than only treat illness when Australians get sick,” said Public Health Association of Australia, Chief Executive Officer, Terry Slevin.
Chronic illness costs
“The Greens recognise we must, as a nation, address the alarming rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease; chronic illnesses that will cost us a lot in the long term.”
The party’s policy was released in Tasmania today. It addresses some of the damage done when the Coalition demolished Labor’s Preventative Health Agency in 2016.
The Greens are promising an independent Preventative Health Commission to roll out evidence-based prevention programs. Also a single funding agency to end cost-shifting.
Medicare-funded dental care and reinvesting the private health insurance rebate into public healthcare are welcome inclusions.
Focus on illness prevention
The PHAA’s election appeal is simple. It asks that the Commonwealth spend at least 5% of the total national health spend investing in illness prevention.
“Currently less than 2% of health spending is for public and preventive health,” Mr Slevin said.
“All we are after is a commitment of investing one in every twenty dollars being invested in preventing the misery and cost of disease like cancer and heart disease.”
Let logic prevail
“It seems every major health policy entity in this country can see the logic in and need for prevention. Yet public policy and resource investment is failing to meet that challenge.”
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