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Listen to community as $20 million is targeted at obesity, chronic disease

A new statewide Healthy Futures Commission Queensland - to help children and families address the major issues of obesity and chronic disease - has been announced by the State Government.

 

It is vital that the Government ensures the grassroots voice of our communities is listened to as it moves to put $20 million of funding into the initiative.

 

The background:

 

On Sunday 21 May, State Health Minister Cameron Dick announced that the Healthy Futures Commission Queensland (HFCQ) would be set up to address two key outcomes from the Queensland Health Advancing Health 2026 plan:

  • Reduce childhood obesity by 10 per cent.

  • Increase levels of physical activity for health benefit by 20 per cent.

IWC welcomes any initiative by Government that supports an area of work that our organisation, which is driven by grassroots needs, knows is absolutely vital. IWC is non-government, community-controlled and charitable, offering health, wellbeing, family and community services across Bundaberg and the Wide Bay / Burnett. We have more than 12,500 clients, and more than 85 per of our patients have one or more chronic diseases and complex conditions, including diabetes.

 

IWC would welcome the opportunity to discuss with the Commission the best options for achieving real outcomes through the $20 million being put into the initiative.

 

According to the State Government’s own statistics, obesity rates are 76 per cent higher in socio-economically disadvantaged areas of Queensland compared to advantaged areas, and according to the Federal Government’s social index 82.6 per cent of our region’s population sits in the SEIFA Quintiles of "disadvantaged" or "very disadvantaged"