Almost half of all Australians have health conditions that can be prevented with a healthier and more active lifestyle. Find out what we’re doing to keep Australians healthy and prevent disease.
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Preventive health in Australia
The 2011-12 Australian Health Survey found:
- only 4% of Australians 2 years and over meet the recommended serves of vegetables
- only 31% of Australians 2 years and over met the recommended serves of fruit
In addition to this, in Australia:
- only one-third of children, 1 in 10 teens and more than 40% of adults does the recommended level of physical activity every day
- almost half (47.3%) of all people have one or more chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer
- between 2008 and 2012, Indigenous Australians died from avoidable causes at 3 times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians, with Indigenous death higher in all aged groups and particularly high for ages 35 to 54 years
We need to do more to support healthier lifestyles so that Australians can prevent disease and ill health and remain as healthy as possible.
What we’re doing about preventive health
We encourage Australians to lead a healthier lifestyle and take steps to prevent disease through our work on:
- reducing smoking and alcohol use
- tackling overweight and obesity
- educating Australians about good food and nutrition
- supporting mental health
- encouraging more exercise and physical activity
- preventing chronic conditions and communicable diseases
- subsidising immunisation
- promoting a healthy lifestyle through education and awareness campaigns such as our anti-smoking campaigns
We also provide funding for preventive health activities and strategies such as: