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Focus on Health


This week in Australia the focus is on health.

Public Health Week

The 4th to the 10th of April is National Public Health Week and it's being marked from the 4th to 8th in South Australia with SA Health hosting South Australia's inaugural Public Health Week.

Public health is what we do collectively as a society to create the conditions and environments that allow for the health and wellbeing of all South Australians. Public health in SA:

  • protects your health
  • prevents illness
  • promotes ways people can achieve and maintain good health and wellbeing
  • is delivered by the State Government, local councils and other organisations, all working together to deal with existing public health issues and to prepare for challenges in the future.

Public Health Week is a great opportunity to learn more about public health and all the ways it touches your life every day, as well as what you can do to keep safe and well. There will be a range of activities organised by SA Health, the Local Government Association and local councils including displays and activities... Click Here to download a factsheet about Public Health Week - or to find out more about Public Health Week activities in your area, contact your local council. If you'd like more information about Healthy Living and how to do it, visit SA Health's website.

World Health Day

The other health related event happening this week, organised by the World Health Organisation, is World Health Day, which falls on April the 7th this year; SA Health will have a stall on Rundle Mall to mark the day.

The theme for World Health Day 2016 is Beat Diabetes. world health day 2016

Diabetes is the name given to a group of different conditions in which there is too much glucose in the blood. The pancreas either cannot make insulin or the insulin it does make is not enough and cannot work properly. Without insulin doing its job, glucose builds up in the blood leading to high blood glucose levels which cause the health problems linked to diabetes.

There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is less common usually affecting children and young adults but it can occur at any age. Type 2 diabetes affects 85–90% of all people with diabetes. It usually occurs in adults but younger people and even children are now getting this lifestyle condition.

World Health Day 2016: Key messages

The WHO is focusing the next World Health Day on diabetes because:

  1. The diabetes epidemic is rapidly increasing in many countries, with the documented increase most dramatic in low- and middle-income countries.
  2. A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.
  3. Diabetes is treatable. Diabetes can be controlled and managed to prevent complications. Increasing access to diagnosis, self-management education and affordable treatment are vital components of the response.
  4. Efforts to prevent and treat diabetes will be important to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goal 3 target of reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by one-third by 2030. Many sectors of society have a role to play, including governments, employers, educators, manufacturers, civil society, private sector, the media and individuals themselves.


Diabetes Information

Diabetes SA has more information about Beat Diabetes and World Health Day here. For more information about diabetes visit their website at http://www.diabetessa.com.au/ - or if you have questions or concerns you can call them on 1300 136 588.