(Left to right) Mr John Conde AO, Chairman, Bupa Health Foundation, with award recipients Carol Bennett and Stephen Murby from Consumers Health Forum of Australia.
Speaking at the 2012 Health Awards, Dr Christine Bennett, Chair of the BHF Steering Committee, commented "BHF invests in initiatives and partners that have the potential to make a real difference to improving Australian health and healthcare."
The result of a partnership between Alzheimer’s Australia and the Bupa Health Foundation, BrainyApp’s rapid success indicates that Australians are eager for information and strategies to improve their brain health.
“It is fantastic that Australians want to make active lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing dementia,” said Glenn Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer’s Australia.
Hosted by The George Institute for Global Health, Bupa’s partner in the innovative and hugely popular FoodSwitch smart phone app, the March 28 event was opened by The Hon. Kevin J Humphries, NSW Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, and was attended by around 100 representatives of the food and catering industries, health professionals, food critics and academics.
At the event, The George Institute launched its report Reducing salt: preventing stroke that revealed Australians consume on average 8 to 10 grams of salt a day, more than double the recommended amount.
"Excess salt in our diet greatly increases our risk of suffering from high blood pressure and stroke," explained Professor Bruce Neal, Senior Director at The George Institute and Chairman of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH). "Most salt is hidden in processed and fast foods so that even people who don't add salt are still eating far more salt than is good for them."
Also speaking at the event, Dr Stan Goldstein, Bupa’s Head of Clinical Advisory, said, “This is a public health issue that is just not being heard. Most Australians are still unaware that they can significantly lower their risk of potential catastrophes in their lives like heart attack and stroke simply by switching to healthier lower salt equivalent products.
“The FoodSwitch app represents a starting point in an exciting collaboration with The George Institute to help improve the eating habits of Australians.”
Ian Campbell PSM, DVA’s Secretary, launches the CVC Program at the ADMA National Conference, while Brett Comer, BHD General Manager (in background) looks on.
The Australian Disease Management Association’s National Conference (ADMA) in Canberra in September 2011 was seen as the perfect platform for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to launch its Co-ordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program. A distinguishing feature of the CVC Program is the dedicated care team approach, where the veteran, their GP and a practice nurse work together to plan and manage the co-ordination of care.
As a CVC primary service provider, Bupa Health Dialog (BHD) will play an integral role in the program by identifying those Gold Card veterans most at-risk and then inviting and encouraging them to take part. BHD is also managing the CVC Program Provider Helpline that will provide ongoing support and advice for providers and their practice staff.
BHD’s General Manager, Brett Comer, said, “We are delighted to be a part of this pioneering initiative, which has the potential to improve the lives and wellbeing of thousands of Australian veterans and war widows.”