27 February 2017 Last week the Turnbull government announced that it would not support a sugar tax to tackle obesity stating that, unlike Labor, “we don’t believe increasing the family grocery bill at the supermarket is the answer to this challenge” . Fact check: In Mexico, based on a sugar tax of 10%, sales [...]
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 [...]
Sitting around too much proves to be a major health hazard, just as lethal as smoking and twice the health risk of being obese. New research also tells us how much exercise will offset the risks, and which two simple lifestyle changes could reduce our risk of developing cancer by up to 60%. All [...]
“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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
The Prime Minister’s recent announcement of a new initiative in primary care to improve outcomes for people with multiple chronic conditions has been welcomed in concept, but management, of course, is only part of the story. Read more...
Many of us don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. It might be due to a sleep disorder, busy social life, new baby, long working hours, shift work or just staying up too late binge-watching Netflix. But not getting enough quality sleep can have significant implications for health. Read more...
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 [...]
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 [...]