November 2, 2017  |  Members statements

Central Highlands prevention lab

MR HOWARD (Buninyong) (09:57:49) — Last week I joined the member for Wendouree in announcing a $150 000 investment for a business case to develop a prevention lab to help improve long-term health outcomes in our region. This initiative is a direct outcome of last November’s regional assembly, where health and in particular the improvement of long-term health outcomes for people in the Central Highlands were identified as priorities. As a result the government has been working with local health agencies to set a long-term goal of a 5 per cent increase in the number of people in the community meeting healthy eating and physical activity guidelines. Lifestyle risks include smoking, overeating, not consuming enough fruit or vegetables daily, not enough physical activity and the consumption of too many sugary drinks. On almost all of these measures people in our region, male and female, have high lifestyle risk factors, and these are all entirely preventable.

The establishment of a prevention lab will better coordinate community health services and public health campaigns and support programs at local schools and sporting clubs to directly tackle poor personal health to achieve this goal.