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Active Prevention ... the Sustainable Future of Health Care

Practicing Active Preventative Health Services

Active Preventative Health Care Recommendations

Active Prevention needs to be of equal importance as Primary Medical Care.

We don't need more Hospitals ... we need more Healthy People!

Active Prevention explanations and implementation strategies:

Introduction

Active Prevention requires a new way of thinking.

  1. The increase of 'preventable lifestyle diseases' that happened over the last 30 years or more, under the watchful eyes of the medical system, indicates a lack of foresight, as well as a lack or failure to implement Active Prevention Strategies, and long term policies.

  2. The quote; "Prevention is better than a cure", is widely recognised, accepted, and proven to be true.
    However, governments are looking to the medical system for answers, BUT Active Prevention is not a medical concept.
    A patient consulting a medical practitioner for 'Prevention", will at most get some vague advice of 'watching their diet', or doing more exercise.
    However that advice has no power, it is empty advice, not a preventative treatment.
    A patient consulting a Naturopath for 'Prevention", will receive an individual, holistic, natural preventative education, including practical teaching of nutritional concepts, or demonstrating exercise, breathing techniques, stretching exercise and so forth.

  3. The medical system, while being the main medical provider, has not concentrated on "complete physical, mental and social well-being", but rather on keeping individuals alive, by being a diseases management / maintenance system, without increasing health and wellbeing.

  4. World Health Organisation's Constitution:
    “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

  5. Active Prevention as practiced by Natural Therapists of various modalities, are specialised in working towards complete physical, mental and social well-being with individuals in a holistic natural preventative way.

  6. Natural Therapists, preferable under a Co-regulation system, with the support of the government, can supply Active Prevention that is needed to turn around the downward spiral into more and more lifestyle diseases and weight gain.

  7. I urge the government to consider the following:
    A reimbursement & regulatory system (Co-regulation) that prioritises and encourages Health Promotion and Active Prevention as part of a complete Health Care System.

Active Prevention has to become as important as primary care.

  1. Active Prevention needs to touch all people in all walks of life:
    As long as there are people living in poverty, or people are influenced by the practice of marketing and advertising for health depleting products, we will have sickness and lifestyle diseases.

  2. Active Prevention needs to be strengthened and practiced by implementing long term policies to keep our nations healthy and free of lifestyle diseases.

  3. Active Prevention focuses on actual activities, such as educating, showing and demonstrating to a person what needs to be done to improve health and wellbeing, and further more, activate steps for compliance of the recommendation given.

  4. Compliance to health advice given, keeping the person 'active' by strengthening 'responsibility into their own health', will be the cornerstones of active prevention.

  5. Activation of a Patient is one of the the key differences between the natural and the medical system.
    The medical system keeps patients Passive.

  6. Consulting a Preventative Health Care Practitioner:
    The first consultation will always be a a thorough examination, often in combination with an medical Doctor to rule out any serious concerns.

  7. The first consultation will establish an individual lifestyle improvement strategy for this very person.

  8. Most people have underlying health related weaknesses. Those weaknesses will be addressed first, if no other medical conditions are present.

  9. Underlying weakness are determined by personal and family history, possible DNA testing, and past lifestyle choices.

  10. Lifestyle Diseases are "extremely responsive" to Preventative Lifestyle Changes as recommended by an Active Preventative Health Care Practitioner.

  11. Active Preventative Practitioners are expected to be able to facilitate classes or workshops for public awareness and in particular to patients to strengthen "compliance" in a lifestyle improvement health support strategy.

  12. Active Preventative Practitioners strictly adhere to the Code of Ethics for unregistered health workers.

  13. NOTE: Even so our medical health system is absolutely successful, it has not improved the state of wellness.

Active Prevention - Practical Applications:

  1. Recognising the Natural Therapies as the driving force for Active Prevention.

  2. Lifestyle advice, education about 'nutrients', stress reduction, meditation, breathing, weight bearing, stretching and cardio vascular exercise, weight loss procedures, as well as specific individual recommendations are given.

  3. Active Prevention is always Holistic:
    Holistic practices and modalities will ensure that Natural Therapies will continue to be an innovator in Preventative Health Care, recognising the "Individuality of Patients and their Specific Preventative Requirement".
    Holistic is including; mind, body and spiritual modalities, as well as behavioural and social attributes.
    Prevention is achieved by a multitude of approaches, it is an individual process of activating a patient within their physical, emotional, mental, personal and social environment.

  4. Qualified Natural Therapists, such as Naturopaths, will work as Active Preventative Health Care Practitioners, by starting "preventative care strategies" within their community, being active on social, as well as local media, offering Free or low cost introduction classes and groups for wellness improvement.

Active Prevention - General Initiatives:

  1. Prevention advice is abundant, however, hearing, seeing or reading about simple typical advice such as:
    "lead healthier lives by changing what they eat and drink, and being more active" - "do more exercise" - "eat less sugar" - "drink less", may sound good, but is ineffective and meaningless without practical applications, educations, learning and adopting a health lifestyle, and is certainly meaningless without accountable consequences, such as regulation and possible taxes.

  2. A Sugar Tax, applied to all soft drinks and confectionary, as well as refined processed food with added sugar.
    The revenue should be used for "Active Prevention Strategies".

  3. Alcohol Tax to be increased.
    The revenue should be used for "Active Prevention Strategies".

  4. Advertising restrictions and regulation:
    a) No soft drinks and confectionary advertising during the day time.
    b) No false or ambiguous claim advertising.
    c) A set quota of FREE advertising space or time for Government health advertising campaigns.

  5. Community TV Stations - Programs of classes:
    Community TV stations need to become the preferred stations to show regular Health advancement classes and courses. The 'fitness spirit' craze of the eighties has to be re-ignited for general health and prevention, with 30 minutes programs such as:
    Yoga - Tai Chi - Aerobic - Meditation - Relaxation - Stress Control - Weightloss - Healthy Cooking.
    All programs need to be also online to be able to watch at appropriate times for individuals.
    All programs should have their own facebook or Twitter account to stay in touch with like minded people, to further offer incentives and compliance.

  6. Individual prevention consultation, classes or workshops should be approved and subsidised by local councils, as well as state governments.
    Introduction of 'Active Prevention Health Grants, would instigate a high uptake.

  7. Patients going to seek 'Active Prevention Consultation or Classes', should be approved for a subsidised "FREE orientation consultation, or classes", as an additional incentive to become responsible and take care of their own health.

  8. Private Health insurance need to be encouraged to pay for 1 or 2 "preventative consultation", with approved and accredited Natural practitioners, similar to Medibank's Free Dental Annual Scale & Clean.


5 Lifestyle choices that lead to susceptibility to disease:

  1. Poor nutrition, bad choices, too much alcohol, drugs, sugar and processed de-natured food.

  2. Inactivity, lack of stretching, cardio vascular and weight bearing exercise, as well as under breathing, shallow breathing,

  3. Structural Imbalance, skeletal and muscular problems caused by work and wrong lifestyle choices.

  4. Negative thoughts/emotions, attitudes related to self-destructive actions.

  5. Environmental toxins (primarily man-made chemicals and heavy metals)  

Conclusions:

The key to prevention and healthy citizens is activity and lifestyle change and choices.

The new paradigm therefore is: Active Prevention

Most people know they are not making the best choices.

Knowing or hearing good advice is simply not good enough.

We need to act now ....

 
Code of Ethics and Conducts
 
What is Co-regulation? 
 
What is an Active Preventative Holistic Health Care Practitioner"?
 

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