$20 mil­lion pledge to bat­tle health prob­lems

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

HEALTH and well­be­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion IWC wel­comed a new state-wide Healthy Fu­tures Com­mis­sion fo­cused on obe­sity and chronic ill­ness in chil­dren.

The State Govern­ment will put $20 mil­lion of fund­ing into the ini­tia­tive.

In the wake of the an­nounce­ment by Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick, IWC gen­eral man­ager Wayne Mul­vany said the sup­port was ab­so­lutely vi­tal.

“Ac­cord­ing to the State Govern­ment’s own sta­tis­tics, obe­sity rates are 76 per cent higher in so­cio-eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas of Queens­land com­pared to ad­van­taged ar­eas,” Mr Mul­vany said.

“And ac­cord­ing to the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s so­cial in­dex 82.6 per cent of our re­gion’s pop­u­la­tion is dis­ad­van­taged or very dis­ad­van­taged.”

The sta­tis­tics also show obe­sity rates are 36% higher in re­mote ar­eas of Queens­land.

The sup­port will bol­ster IWC’s range of pro­grams aimed at the is­sues of child­hood obe­sity and chronic dis­ease.

“We are proac­tive in de­liv­er­ing both treat­ment and early in­ter­ven­tion ser­vices and ini­tia­tives. These in­clude Di­a­betes Ed­u­ca­tion, spe­cial­ist En­docrinol­ogy ser­vices, and IWC re­cently has brought on its sec­ond full-time di­eti­tian,” Mr Mul­vany said.

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