Australian Health Priority Areas

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The Australian National Health Priority Areas highlight the seven major domains of health that most commonly affect Australians today. Each one reflects significant social and financial cost to Australian societies, and is therefore of national concern. Some diseases and conditions included in the seven Priority Areas are major causes of death in Australia, and others severely impact on the quality of life of individuals and their families. Australian governments, along with the National Health Priority Action Council, designated seven areas of health that were of greatest national concern. (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2005). These are: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions, Asthma, Cancer Control, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes Mellitus, Injury Prevention and Control and Mental Health. Poor diet and nutrition, combined with physical inactivity are among some of the most significant factors contributing to the prevalence of…show more content…
Incentives from private health funds to join gyms and receive rebates should be extended to include organised sports and classes (such as yoga) not attached to gyms. Nationwide, the benefits of physical activity should be heavily promoted through print and television media, initiated by health and sporting organisations. Minor government taxes on driving could encourage the public to walk, or purchase and ride bicycles, where possible. Government sponsorship of initiatives such as “Walk to Work” days or community sponsorship of charity fund-raiser sporting matches would encourage communities to get involved in the spirit of physical activity together. These small steps would help decrease the incidence and impact of our most common conditions and diseases. Their financial cost would be minor in comparison to the cost of the national treatment resources that they would

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