Posts tagged as Chronic disease

21 02, 2017

No more blame game: why we need to rethink what’s behind chronic disease

By | February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

The government and policy makers often tell the public that lifestyle problems such as obesity, and the diabetes often associated with it, are their fault; just be a bit more virtuous and you won’t get a modern disease. This victim blaming tends to absolve governments, health bodies and big business from any blame for [...]

9 06, 2016

‘Record high’ bulk-billing rates creating a false impression says RACGP

By | June 9th, 2016|0 Comments

“The devil is in the detail as it’s a complex story that cannot be reduced to a convenient sound bite,” according to Dr Frank R Jones president of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Reports of record high bulk-billing rates are misleading because they don’t reflect the full picture of the expanded scope of [...]

24 05, 2016

‘Living here will make you fat’ – do we need a public health warning?

By | May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Governments have invested billions in efforts to prevent obesity, yet Australians keep getting fatter, especially in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage. Over the past two decades, the prevalence of obesity rose in adults from 19% to 28%. The proportion who are overweight remained similar at around 38%. This means two-thirds of Australian adults are now overweight, [...]

6 05, 2016

Does longer mean better?

By | May 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Reports from different sources have recently highlighted that there is a difficulty in using one set of statistics to indicate health improvements. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, published in The Lancet in 2012, involved a large, multi-national analysis of health improvements throughout the world. The study revealed some mixed findings. There’s little doubt that [...]

13 04, 2016

Simplifying the message

By | April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

The complexity of lifestyle behaviour change and a possible solution There are a number of lifestyle and environmental drivers of chronic disease (15 to be exact). However, as with germs that cause infections, there are some standouts: poor nutrition, inactivity and stress for example are the big three (with inadequate sleep rapidly rising as [...]

7 04, 2016

A step in the right direction: PHCAG

By | April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

From the President Dr Hamish Meldrum, MBChB, DRANZCOG, FRACGP ASLM congratulates the government for implementing the recommendations of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG), in particular the planned trial of the ‘Health Care Home’ concept, by which individuals will be able to nominate their preferred GP practice as their 'home base’, responsible for the [...]