Health Needs Assessment

Health Needs Assessment Infographic

In April 2014 Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and CQ Medicare Local jointly commissioned a Health Needs Assessment for Central Queensland detailing the health and wellbeing of our local community. Its intention was to underpin the next stages of the Central Queensland strategic health  planning process to guide future service development.

CQHHS has identified that the Health Needs Assessment spells out the burden of ill health that will face the Central Queensland communities if we do not affect a significant behaviour change at individual level.

There are many warning sirens in the Health Needs Assessment that suggest a significant growing burden of disease leading to premature and avoidable death is facing our region. They include:

  • the impact of the aging population;
  • smoking remains the single largest cause of premature mortality and ill health in Central Queensland, but will soon be overtaken by obesity and nutrition-related conditions;
  • current levels of obesity (1 in 3 for our adults);
  • only 1 in 2 adults participate in the minimum level of physical activity;
  • 1 in 4 consume risky levels of alcohol;
  • and 9 out of 10 adults in Central Queensland do not eat the recommended daily intake of fruit

CQ Medicare Local have outlined some of the BIG issues identified in the Health Needs Assessment in their Health Needs Assessment presentation (2.2mb).

CQHHS is looking to address these issues through the Coalition for Health - see documents below.

19 December 2014