A global strategy for good health

The World Health Organisation defines good health as 'a state of dynamic harmony between the body, mind and spirit of a person and the social and cultural influences which make up his or her environment'.

Table 9.1 Common causes of deaths in Australia

Circulatory disease

Ischaemic heart disease 25%

Cerebrovascular disease 10% 35%

Malignant disease Respiratory disease Accidents, poisoning and violence Digestive disease

Source: Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, 1996.

A considerable amount of epidemiological information has emerged to support what general practitioners have known for a long time—that a common-sense healthy lifestyle not only promotes good health but also reduces the risk of the main causes of mortality and morbidity in this country, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Table 9.2 Apparent changes in disease indices 1960-1988

Chronic bronchitis

Source: G. Egger, R. Spark and J. Lawson, Health promotion strategies and methods, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, 1990, 2-3.

The common theme for virtually all disease is to follow the guidelines below.

Improvements

No change or deterioration

Overall mortality Heart attack Stroke

Unintentional injuries/poisonings

— motor vehicle

— occupational injury Most infectious diseases Cancer of lung (men) Cervical cancer (women) Cancer of stomach Unintentional pregnancies Violence/homicide Pregnancy complications Congenital abnormalities Dental health Perinatal complications

Aboriginal mortality (minor improvement) Cancers

prostate AIDS

Alcohol-related diseases

Drug abuse

Asthma

Senile dementia STDs

Suicide in the young Cirrhosis

Musculoskeletal disorders

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