State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall will today launch Better Prevention: A Healthy South Australia – a key health policy ahead of the March 2018 State Election. The policy supports community-wide health and prevention services to help reduce the burden of disease, improve health outcomes, and get better value for health expenditure.
“Labor thinks that you can ‘transform health’ by restructuring metropolitan hospitals. Real transformation in health comes when we support people to stay healthy, not wait until they are sick,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Preventable health conditions cost the community dearly. For example, obesity costs $120 billion a year in Australia.
“For every dollar invested in health promotion, it’s estimated we can save $5 in hospital costs and other health spending. But the Weatherill Labor Government has defunded South Australian health and prevention services, and failed to develop broad public health initiatives.”
Key elements of the Liberal policy include:
- Providing proactive services such as health information, screening and vaccinations;
- Undertaking health and wellbeing monitoring, with annual reporting to Parliament on Preventative Health activity across South Australia, and in particular, across Government;
- Funding research that reflects community needs; and
- Establishing Wellbeing SA to provide leadership and coordination in prevention, health promotion and primary health care.
“Reflecting the 2036 vision, this policy identifies preventative health as the first strategic health priority for a Marshall Liberal Government, priorities that will be pursued through targeted funding, governance and innovative projects.”
Yesterday in Port Pirie, State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall launched the first preventative health initiative – a Healthy Communities Program which empowers regional communities to pursue local better health projects.
Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said that key to the Better Prevention policy would be improved leadership and coordination across Government and non-Government, Federal and State.
“The Wellbeing SA agency will be separate from hospitals and health services and will promote a focus on preventing health issues before they arise,” said Mr Wade.
“A Marshall Liberal Government will put the wellbeing of South Australians first – at every stage of their lives.”