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Submission - WA Primary Health Care Strategy (July 2011)

Submission - WA Primary Health Care Strategy (July 2011)

This submission, written on behalf of the Physical Activity Taskforce (Taskforce), provides comment on the 'WA Primary Health Care Strategy - Consultation Paper' to assist in the development of the final primary health care strategy for Western Australia (WA).

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Physical activity is proven to be an effective, low-cost and safe way to manage health and wellbeing. The benefits to engaging in physical activity are wide-ranging encompassing social, environmental and economic outcomes as well as for both physical and mental health.

This submission sets out a number of recommendations and key areas for consideration by the WA Primary Care Strategy Working Group. It outlines a number of specific initiatives run by the Taskforce‟s partner agencies that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of the State‟s population and have the potential to interface with the primary health care sector.

Key Recommendations

The key recommendations in relation to the reform areas and associated initiatives described in the consultation paper are:

  1. The importance of physical activity in improving health and preventing chronic disease is acknowledged and articulated in the final Strategy.
  2. The Strategy reflects further the key considerations and findings outlined in this submission, in particular the role of primary health care in promoting and increasing physical activity levels.
  3. The WA Primary Care Strategy Working Group considers the role of the Physical Activity Taskforce in assisting with the integration of a preventative health focus in the development and implementation of this Strategy.

These recommendations aim to strengthen the actions already outlined and provide opportunities to promote cooperation and partnerships between relevant agencies, services and programs.


Year published: 2011


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