How an unhealthy population can take control and own their health
Australia’s population is living longer, but how
healthy are men and women throughout the Nation? Unfortunately, the reality is
that we are living in an environment of rising chronic illness, with half the
population living with at least one chronic condition.
A recent article from the Australian Government announced the cost of aged care alone in 2017-2018 reached a staggering $18 billion (1). In another report, just over 1 in every 5 older Australians recorded having preventable health diseases such as heart or vascular disease, stroke, or other chronic illnesses such as diabetes (2). Medical risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and lifestyle choices such as alcohol consumption, smoking status, and activity levels all contribute substantially in preventing risk of having stroke or developing other health issues.
There is a myriad of health metrics that assist in identifying an individual’s risk of developing illness which can be easily measured via a free 4-minute Health Check on a SiSU Health Station. Through community health initiatives such as the SiSU Health Station, individuals can easily measure, track and improve their health to prevent illnesses from ever developing.
Furthermore, the country faces an increased need for health care professionals throughout a multitude of sectors such as aged care, primary health, and technology to promote accessibility and keep up with demand. SiSU Health plays an integral part in alleviating the pressure many health professionals face by providing evidence-based, medically trusted biometric data in an easy-to-access SiSU Health Check. Through a SiSU Health Check, members can easily identify whether they fall into an ‘at risk’ category and are automatically recommended to visit a GP. SiSU Health has recommended over 277,357 Australians to visit their GP for High Blood Pressure and over 147,002 Australians for High BMI, helping to prevent conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease from eventuating.
The importance of an upstream approach to promote a healthier community is paramount in order to alleviate the burden on our health care system, but also in assisting individuals to stay informed, feel empowered, and live happier and healthier lives.
About SiSU Health
Founded in 2013 by Dr Noel Duncan, SiSU Health has grown to help empower individuals on a global scale to own their health, completing almost 3 million Health Checks by more than 900,000 individuals. The intuitive Health Station enables individuals to measure health biometrics, track the warning signs of disease, and improve their health.
- The Australian Government (2019). How much does aged care cost? Retrieved via https://beta.health.gov.au/health-topics/aged-care/about-aged-care/how-much-does-aged-care-cost
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014). Australia’s health 2014. Retrieved via https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/19dbc591-b1ef-4485-80ce-