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State of health in the Hunter report [electronic resource] / Hunter Area Health Service
Bib ID 3422618
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Online Access
Edition 1st Edition 
Description [Sydney, N.S.W.] : Hunter Area Health Service, 2003 
Series

PANDORA electronic collection.

Technical Details

Mode of access via the World Wide Web. Available at: http://www.hunter.health.nsw.gov.au/hph/soh/toc/sohindex.htm 

System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print PDF files. 

Summary

"This is the first edition of the State of Health in the Hunter , a report of Hunter residents' health at a population level. Hunter Health's mission is to "improve the health of the people in the Hunter and those referred to us" . To do this we need to measure the health of the Hunter and so document whether we are delivering continual improvement over time. The Report takes a broad perspective, embracing the World Health Organisation's definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The NSW Health Department's vision for health is "Better health for all people in New South Wales through effective public health action to maintain, protect and promote health" . Monitoring health trends such as the ones shown in this Report is the first step in the process of developing targeted and prioritised programs and interventions to address population health issues. As such, the State of Health in the Hunter is a timely and flexible vehicle for presenting health information to a wide range of potential users, and for highlighting population health priority issues. The Report includes information on various social determinants of health such as income, and identifies health differentials that arise due to differing socio-economic status. Health is influenced by a range of interacting, social and physical factors, some of which are acted upon and regulated by a range of other agencies. The importance of multisectoral collaboration between these agencies to maintain optimal physical and social environments that impact on health is acknowledged. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, injury and mental health continue to form the major burden of disease in our community. Health behaviours such as smoking, inadequate physical activity and poor diet continue to be major contributors to this disease burden. Health inequalities arising from socio-economic disadvantage also impact negatively on health status. The range of strategies to reduce ill health is wide, from reducing smoking during pregnancy, through encouraging lifestyle choices such as healthy diet, regular exercise and safe sex, to preventing falls in our older residents. All sections of community need to be involved in a range of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention activities. By targeting these and other priority health issues we aim to improve the health and well being of our population so that they may lead healthy and productive lives." -- Forward.

Notes

Title from title screen (viewed April 11, 2005).

Selected for archiving

Subjects Medical care -- New South Wales -- Hunter River Region.  |  Public health -- New South Wales -- Hunter River Region.
Other authors/contributors Hunter Area Health Service (N.S.W.)

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