$20 million pledge to battle health problems
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.