The well person's health check

Couzos, Sophie, Amos, Alison, Anderson, Susan, Boyden, Andrew, Brewster, David, Broun, Kate, Cadilhac, Domenique, Colagiuri, Ruth, Colagiuri, Stephen, Gray, Dennis, Hankey, Graeme, Hassard, Julie, Hunter, Ernest, Ivers, Rowena, Johnson, Tracey, Lalor, Erin, Maguire, Graeme, Mathew, Tim, Meihubers, Sandra, Murray, Richard, Reading, Dorothy, Skov, Steven, Taylor, Hugh, Thomas, Mark, and Thomas, Melanie (2008) The well person's health check. In: Couzos, Sophia, and Murray, Richard, (eds.) Aboriginal Primary Health Care: an evidence-based approach. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 131-194.

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[Extract] Primary health care is based on the central premise that prevention is better than cure. The preventive approach to health has shown returns on investment in mainstream Australia, especially federal expenditure on immunisation, public health campaigns, and the incorporation of preventive measures into primary care. I There is also good evidence that comprehensive and organised primary health care to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders is cost-saving. Internationally, developed countries with very weak primary health care infrastructures have poorer performance on major aspects of health (such as low birth weight (LBW) ratios and child survival) and higher total health care costs. Lower mortality and low birth weight rates are evident where there are more primary health care workers. Primary health care may also alleviate adverse effects of income inequalities on health. The medical profession and governments internationally encourage preventive health care.

Item ID: 34146
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-555138-9
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Authors of this chapter: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and Chronic Disease Alliance of NGOs (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health).

Other contributers to this chapter are: Kidney Health Australia, Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia, Fred Hollows Foundation, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, National Heart Foundation of Australia, National Stroke Foundation, National Rural Health Foundation, Heart Support Australia, Asthma Foundation, Mental Health Foundation, Australian Tuberculosis and Chest Association.

Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 06:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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