Protection, promotion, prevention are three key pillars for good public health and provide a framework for improving the public’s health, PHAA CEO Michael Moore says
Adequate investment by governments and aligning policy decisions with this framework has the potential for a significant improvement in chronic conditions, he told the joint PHAA 44th Annual Conference and 20th Chronic Diseases Network Conference.
The conference has a theme of, “Protection, Prevention, Promotion, Healthy Futures: Chronic Conditions and Public Health”.
Moore (left, at the welcome reception) said that Australia needs evidence based public health policies supported by appropriate investment to improve our nation’s health.
“Chronic conditions are on the rise with 422 million adults worldwide living with diabetes with 90% classified as type II diabetes,” he said.
“This number is forecast to double in the next 20 years. The global epidemic of diabetes is linked with rising obesity rates, poor diet and decline in physical activity. It is also predicted to be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030.
“By protecting, preventing and promoting good public health, obesity levels will drop and therefore chronic conditions,” says Moore.
Professor Bettina Borisch, Professor of Global Health, University of Geneva, Executive Director of the WFPHA Headquarters in Geneva, spoke on the subject of, “We only have one chance – What Public Health has to do”.
“A Global Charter for the Public’s Health is a framework providing a path for public health to be embraced within the global context,” she said. “It identifies information, good governance, capacity building and advocacy as enablers for the three pillars of protection, promotion and prevention.
“There is a movement to reduce obesity globally and public health organisations play a key role to achieve this goal globally. The Global Charter is a way for organisations and individuals to maintain clear direction and to achieve good public health globally no matter your postcode.
“This joint Conference gives public health professionals, government officials and interested individuals an opportunity to work together to address chronic conditions to achieve a healthier world,” said Prof Borisch.