- Chronic diseases are the leading cause of burden of disease and disability in Australia, and are placing the health system under growing pressure
- The summit will provide a foundation for future policy decisions to improve the health of Western Australians
- Live streaming and interactive format will enable people from across the State to participate
The McGowan Government will convene a Preventive Health Summit this Friday (March 2) to encourage broader thinking and community engagement about ways to foster healthy lifestyles among Western Australians, in order to reduce and prevent obesity and harm from alcohol use.
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of disease and disability in Australia, and are placing the health system under growing pressure. At least 31 per cent of chronic diseases are preventable.
The WA Health and Wellbeing Survey 2016 showed about two-thirds of Western Australian adults and nearly one-quarter of children aged five to 15 years are overweight or obese. The 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey also revealed nearly one-fifth of the Western Australian population aged 18 years and over, reported drinking at levels placing them at risk of lifetime alcohol-related harm.
The summit will share ideas from experts and the community about ways to improve the health of Western Australians, and reduce the burden of chronic and acute harm on the public hospital system and the broader WA community.
Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook will host the summit in conjunction with the Department of Health, the Mental Health Commission and Healthway.
To ensure people from across the State can participate, the summit will be streamed live and viewers will be able to ask questions.
Follow the summit at http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/preventivehealthsummit and join the conversation on social media with the event hashtag #WAPreventiveHealthSummit.
The outcomes of the Preventive Health Summit will help the State Government and the community achieve better long-term health outcomes for all Western Australians.
It will also inform the Sustainable Health Review, established by the Government in June 2017, to help deliver a patient first, innovative and sustainable health system for all Western Australians.
Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The McGowan Government is committed to keeping Western Australians well and enjoying healthy lives.
"The Preventive Health Summit will specifically focus on what we can do to reduce and prevent obesity and harm caused by alcohol.
"As a Government we are proactively looking for solutions to this problem, and I encourage members of the public, as well as industry, to watch the live broadcast of the summit and submit questions and comments for consideration.
"We can't do it alone though, and the summit itself will not fix the issues. I encourage the whole community to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing by making healthy choices to reduce obesity and lower harmful alcohol use.
"This is a great example of multiple government agencies and the community coming together to benefit the health of Western Australians."
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