Australia’s biggest health challenge

Our country’s ageing population and our changing lifestyle has led to chronic disease becoming so common, that it is now Australia’s biggest health challenge. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia*, which in turn has major impacts on health and welfare services.

Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has been diagnosed with chronic disease, such as diabetes, cancers, respiratory diseases, heart conditions and musculoskeletal diseases, like arthritis.

The cost is large.

So what’s caused this health epidemic, and what can you do to avoid it?
Changes in diet and nutrition, weight and physical inactivity, smoking and harmful use of alcohol are all contributing factors that have increased the occurrence of chronic diseases. You can help reduce the effects of chronic disease on Australia simply by taking better care of yourself, and by getting the recommended check ups.

The answer is prevention… which is why some SmartClinics Doctors are offering FREE health check ups for patients in their mid-late 40’s.

It’s better to avoid disease than to treat it, right?

As the risk of developing serious health issues increases considerably with age, there’s a special health assessment available for patients in their mid-late 40’s, which can delay, or even avoid, the onset of many diseases.

All SmartClinics centres are providing this health check up for no out- of-pocket costs. The health check incorporates an overall assessment of your health, lifestyle and diet plus any necessary physical investigations and examinations. Your doctor will then offer expert advice and information to help you live a longer, happier life.

Book your health check today by calling your local clinic or book online at Alternatively, if your parents or family members fall into this age category, talk to them about having the test. It’s available at all SmartClinics Medical Centres now!

*Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2014 Australia’s Health 2014