Preventative healthcare has a crucial role to play in keeping Australians out of the hospital system and ensuring they remain healthy, according to the New South Wales minister for health.
Jillian Skinner, alongside minister for healthy lifestyles Kevin Humphries, emphasised this point as they officially opened the Office of Preventative Health in western Sydney at the end of last month – with Humphries noting that there are numerous social and economic benefits for preventing chronic disease.
The key, he explained, lies in encouraging NSW residents to adopt healthier lifestyle habits.
"Given the high rates of preventable chronic diseases in our communities, we need to provide services and shape policies that support changes in poor lifestyle behaviours, such as smoking, inadequate physical activity, poor nutrition and unhealthy weight," he said.
And while new state initiatives can support overall health and wellness, you can also get support and assistance from many private health insurance providers.
Some health insurers offer on and offline tools to help you manage your lifestyle goals and track your progress – including web-based resources and even mobile health apps for support on the go.
Whether you're interested in identifying specific symptoms, looking for motivation to lead a more active lifestyle or are keen to quit smoking, you might find your insurance provider can offer the support you need to reach your goals.