Why we all need to focus on our health
- According to the Australian government one in five Australians has a chronic disease.
- Chronic diseases are responsible for nine out of every ten deaths in Australia.
- Chronic diseases exert their most enduring impact through reducing quality of life and functioning capabilities.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that at least 80 per cent of all heart disease, stroke and diabetes cases, and 40 per cent of all cancers, are preventable.
So what can you do?
Remarkably many chronic diseases share common causes and they are multifactorial and extend beyond individual behaviours (such as smoking and/or drinking) to include many external factors such as social, environmental and socio‐economic characteristics, genetics, epigenetics and levels of health literacy.
The “healthbeat” health portal (available to all members 18 years and older* with hospital cover) allows our members to identify key factors that may be contributing to current or future health diseases. After completing a health assessment you will be given important information regarding your risks factors in the development of a chronic disease, or the contribution to an existing one.
If you are identified as having or being at risk of one of the chronic diseases for which Police Health funds a disease management program, you will be offered the option to participate in the relevant program.
Assessment of your suitability for a Police Health funded program, the invitation to participate and the running of a program is undertaken by Home Support Services (HSS). There is no cost to you if you are approved to undertake a disease management program provided you meet benefit eligibility.
*"healthbeat" health portal access setting at 18 years and above is a service provider (Medikeeper) requirement.