State of Public Health report released

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The State of Public Health 2018 report has been tabled in State Parliament providing a snapshot of the health status of Tasmanians.

The report identifies some promising signs for Tasmania’s health:

  • more than 80 per cent of Tasmanians rate their health as good to excellent
  • life expectancy at birth has reached 83 years for females and 79 years for males
  • teenage pregnancy has declined.

But the health of Tasmanians still needs to improve across several health indicators including diet, physical activity and smoking.

The State of Public Health provides examples of activities addressing the Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan priorities of smoking, healthy eating and physical activity, community connections and chronic conditions.

Case studies show innovation and collaboration between communities, government departments, local government, business, non-government organisations and research bodies to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians.

Primary prevention is one of the Government’s key strategies to help build a sustainable healthcare system and for Tasmanians to improve their health and wellbeing.

The report is available online