Media Release: 28 July 2015
Today marks the official launch of ‘Medical Research and Rural Health – Garvan Report 2015’. This Report, published by the Garvan Research Foundation, brings together, for the first time, the most pertinent evidence-based data to better understand the health issues facing rural and regional populations across Australia.
Launching the Report at the Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) in Melbourne today, Garvan Research Foundation CEO, Mr Andrew Giles said, “This ‘first of its kind’ report provides a valuable and compelling insight into rural health in Australia. For the past three years, Garvan’s “Healthy Families, Healthy Communities” program has taken us to many country towns in rural and regional Australia, sharing important messages about health and medical research with the community. This Report continues to strengthen that community ‘conversation’ and build on the program’s initiative to increase understanding of the need for, and importance of medical research across the broader community. “
‘Medical Research and Rural Health – Garvan Report 2015’, the first in a series of Garvan health reports, provides an up-to-date insight into the main health issues facing rural and regional communities today; who in those communities are affected; why the challenges exist and what is the outlook and way forward in starting to rectify some of these major health issues.
Examining health in line with the National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs) of asthma; arthritis; cancer control; cardiovascular health; diabetes; mental health; obesity, and dementia, the report provides context, where available, with the wider Australian population and these conditions.
Mr Giles adds, “The facts and figures contained in the report ensure the broader context facing rural and regional populations is readily available to all stakeholders. The foundation of all good policy is a solid information base and a good understanding of the realities facing any sector of the population. This Report makes a valuable contribution to this process and resource to policy makers. The Report also provides interesting information for all Australians, be they living in metropolitan, rural or regional Australia.”
Andrew Giles, Chief Executive, The Garvan Research Foundation comments, “The Report also provides a clear outlook on a way forward in starting to rectify some of these major health issues by considering the role medical research and, in particular, personalised medicine can play in the health of all Australians. Personalised medicine is a rapidly evolving field focused on the use of genetic information in patient diagnosis and treatment”.
Media Release Issued by QUAY Communications on behalf of Garvan Research Foundation
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