Promoting health and preventing illness
Our approach focuses on promoting health and preventing illness through early detection and treatment. This can make a real difference to the long-term health outcomes for local residents across South Eastern NSW.
A greater focus on cancer screening is needed to combat the region's higher-than-average premature mortality rates (compared to the NSW and Australia-wide averages).
We also work with primary health care providers to maintain and increase our region's immunisation coverage rates.
Reducing risky alcohol consumption
Alcohol continues to be a major source of harm in Australia. Adult residents in South Eastern NSW engaging in high-risk alcohol consumption has remained consistently higher than the state average over time.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation have developed a region-wide community engagement strategy to build on and complement existing social marketing campaigns to deliver key alcohol messages to help reduce risky alcohol consumption, with particular focus on 18-24 years, 25-29 years and over 50s.
The University of Adelaide will be working with general practice in the region to provide training and resources to build capacity for alcohol screening and brief interventions. This initiative builds on the existing ASSIST program supported by the University.