Changes are expected when new governments come to power and in Queensland, tectonic shifts have already occurred within the health system and the public service since the Newman Government took over on March 26.
It appears preventive health measures are in the firing line, with changes to BreastScreen Queensland and cuts to healthy lifestyle programs, prevention and early intervention initiatives.
With health care costs constantly increasing, strategies and programs to help people be well and stay well are even more important.
There are interstate and international lessons from when health systems are reorganised in haste and public health programs targeted. Ahead of our September 11 state budget, Western Australia’s Professor Mike Daube reflects on how not to throw the health baby out with the bathwater.
What: Defending prevention – a battle we cannot afford to lose
Who: Mike Daube, Professor of Health Policy, Curtin University, WA
When: Tuesday 4 September 12.30-2pm, with networking from noon
Where: Premier’s Hall, Parliamentary Annexe, Alice Street, Brisbane
Cost: $85 per ticket
For details please contact Jane Milburn, 0408 787 964 or email@example.com
*Professor Mike Daube is also Public Health Advocacy Institute director and formerly Western Australia director general of health and Public Health Association of Australia president.