National Health Survey

17 Dec 2015

The latest national health survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that smoking and risky alcohol consumption rates are down among Australians, but that too many adults and children are overweight or obese.

AMA Vice President, Dr Stephen Parnis said that, although some of the survey results were encouraging, it is clear that much more work needs to be done by individuals, communities, and governments on preventative health programs and activities.

He said that investing in prevention paid big dividends by keeping people healthy and away from costly hospital care. He added that more needs to be done to make Australians improve their diets, exercise more, and cut down further on smoking and excessive or irresponsible alcohol consumption.