- $2.1 million committed in the 2017-18 State Budget
- Funding over four years to support people at high risk of chronic disease
The McGowan Government has delivered on its promise to fund the Let’s Prevent pilot program designed 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 per cent 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.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
“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.
“My department is now working to identify suitable sites for the pilot program which will be announced soon.
“The Let’s Prevent program will give participants the tools they need to take better care of their health.”