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Wear jeans for a good cause

Jeans for Genes logoYou can support life saving work simply by wearing your favourite jeans. Friday 7 August 2015 is Jeans for Genes Day, and schools, workplaces and communities are invited to raise funds for research into childhood disease.

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The importance of self care

GAP Taskforce Self Care ReportThe Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley, has launched a report of the GAP Taskforce on the role of health literacy and responsible self care in improving public health outcomes and reducing government expenditure.

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Have a night in

White Ribbon

Friday 31 July 2015 is White Ribbon Night. The event raises funds to help stop violence against women. Communities across Australia are asked to have a night in to get the word out.

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Helping Australians to choose health

posted by Edwina Griffin, Jul 31, 2015

What needs to happen to make Australians healthier? Edwina Griffin wants to see more collaboration between government organisations and fitness professionals to enable a big shift in health.

One of the biggest obstacles to a healthier Australia is time, or lack of it. As a health professional, that is the excuse given time and time again for people’s inability to fit exercise into their daily routine. And as I look at what the average person tries to fit into a day, in most cases it’s a valid excuse.

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Australia's health

For the next two months we will discuss Australia’s health in this forum.

Life expectancy in Australia is still among the highest worldwide. We have a functioning health system with competent and dedicated health professionals. But we need to do better with a multitude of challenges the sector is facing.

Healthcare costs are rising fast at a time when government is financially squeezed on multiple fronts. This year’s federal budget revealed significant cuts from the health system. At the same time the government has committed to a new e-health system, bringing the information management of our health data into the 21st century. Can myHealth lead to savings of billions of dollars as forecast by some?

We have a serious health gap problem, where poorer people, those living in remote areas and indigenous Australians are still not getting the full benefit of our health system.

And how healthy are we? The good news are that we live longer, smoke and drink less. But obesity rates are climbing and we don’t exercise enough. Chronic diseases and dementia numbers are rising.

How can we address the challenges in Australia’s health system? How can we improve patient outcomes? Are there any other pressing issues around this topic you think should be discussed? Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au and share your ideas and concerns with the Open Forum community.

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Australia's health

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