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Sustainable Health Review Interim Report Direction 1: Keep people healthy and get serious about prevention and health promotion

Following extensive engagement with Stakeholders across WA, the Sustainable Health Review Panel has released the Interim Report for further feedback.  The panel has identified 12 preliminary directions, from which nine recommendations have been made for immediate action.  The number one direction in the Interim Report is- Keep people healthy and get serious about prevention and health promotion.  Acknowledging prevention and ‘keeping people healthy’ over treatment of illness or injury, is a step forward for the prevention/public health/health promotion sector.  Evidence shows that investment in prevention, is cost effective, delivering lower health care costs and better health outcomes 1 .  Know Injury encourages all those working in the prevention/health promotion sector to submit feedback for the interim report and keep preventative health on the agenda.  Submissions for the Interim Report close Friday 18 May.

1. Vos, T, et al. Assessing Cost-Effectiveness in Prevention (ACE_ Prevention): Final Report. 2010, Brisbane, University of Queensland and Melbourne, Deakin University.