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Let's Prevent Pilot Program to tackle chronic conditions

Date posted: 11 September 2017

The West Australian McGowan Government has delivered on its promise in the recent 2017-18 State budget, to fund the Let's Prevent Pilot Program by committing $2.1 million over four years to support people at high risk of developing chronic conditions, including diabetes.

Chronic disease is a significant burden on the State's health system.

According to a 2014 report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing, up to 80% of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, and more than one-third of cancers, could be prevented with lifestyle changes.

The Let's Prevent Pilot Program is an early intervention initiative designed to educate, inform and empower those at high risk of chronic disease to make better lifestyle choices about food and alcohol consumption, and other factors.

Health Minister Roger Cook stated 'Chronic conditions are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia. Tackling underlying causes such as tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and misuse of alcohol remains the biggest challenge facing our health system.'

'The Let's Prevent Program will give participants the tools they need to take better care of their health.'

Source: Government of Western Australia Media Statements


Last updated: 12 September 2017
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