Nine out of 10 deaths in Australia are caused by chronic disease.1 Chronic diseases are largely preventable.
Without intervention, the burden on the individual and the health care system is expected to worsen.
Every year, nine out of 10 people in Australia see a health professional.2
Health services and health professionals can provide authoritative and credible voices for prevention;3 however this does not occur routinely.
Right word. Right time. challenges health professionals to raise the topic of prevention, including alcohol, physical activity, diet and smoking, with their patients.
Right word. Right time. forms part of a larger ‘Preventive Health System - Supporting prevention across Victorian health services’ initiative. It aims to ensure all Victorian health services incorporate preventive health within their practice, with support to engage in new prevention initiatives and actively share experiences to support implementation at scale.
The project is led by Alfred Health and is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
Facts which helped to inform the campaign:
This campaign is also supported by Start the conversation which aims to ensure all people who access the Victorian health system are asked about their smoking and offered support to quit.