How can Metro South work to keep all people healthy and out of hospital?

It seems to me that a great deal of time, money and public attention is spent trying to get more and more out of our already over-stretched hospital system. Of course, there are many instances where a hospital visit or stay is essential but increasingly it seems that many hospital admissions are now based on preventable factors including diet and exercise choices, alcohol and other drug use or from predictable and therefore preventable injuries and falls (commonly and mistakenly called "accidents")

What can Metro South do to promote good health practices in the local community so as to minimize hospital admissions and help make healthy choices the easy choices?

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If, for example, we can reduce the number of older people who break a hip as a result of a fall by promoting a gentle exercise program that encourages strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance, then the load on the hospitals will be reduced. If we can help encourage a healthy diet and exercise then we should see a reduction in heart disease, strokes and a range of other issues. How can the organization of Metro South become more active as health promoters, not just health restorers? 

by philc on May 22, 2019 at 02:38PM

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