Better medical treatment could reduce the number of avoidable deaths due to health-related conditions across Australia, a new report has revealed.
The study, which is the first to track avoidable deaths in Australia by geographic location, was published by the National Health Performance Authority. It reveals that more than 33,000 deaths in our country each year are the result of avoidable causes and involve people below the age of 75.
It is hoped that the findings of the study can be used by allied health professionals, specialists and nurses to develop better treatment plans, as many deaths are the result of treatable conditions, including skin and bowel cancers, heart disease and some bacterial infections. Other classes of 'preventable' conditions identified in the survey include alcohol-related diseases and lung cancer.
By focusing heath care efforts on prevention and providing services in a timely, effective way, much can be done to reduce the number of avoidable deaths in our country, says Performance Authority CEO Dr Diane Watson.
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