MORE and more Queenslanders are smoking less, avoiding binge drinking and vaccinating their children according to a new report released today by the state’s Chief Health Officer.
Health Minister Steven Miles said The Health of Queenslanders 2018 report revealed a number of positive health outcomes for people right across the Sunshine State.
“This report shows that we are living longer, we are less likely to die early from preventable causes and we are largely able to access the services we need to treat and manage our health issues,” Mr Miles said.
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“Most notably, this year’s report shows some significant achievements for prevention, including a further reduction in the rate of smoking, which has now fallen to 11 per cent.
“Since 2002, we have continued to see the prevalence of smoking decline thanks to the action that has been taken in Queensland and as a result, more than 300,000 people have avoided an early death.
“This is a considerable achievement considering smoking remains the leading cause of premature death and disease in Queensland.”
But, while the report found risky alcohol consumption is decreasing among young men, the statistics show it’s actually increasing in older males.
The number of young men aged 18-29 who consume alcohol at lifetime risky levels decreased by 31 per cent, while the prevalence of men aged 65 or older drinking excessively rose by 32 per cent.
Mr Miles said it was great to see young Queensland men were changing their relationship with alcohol.
“Our government is committed to changing Queensland’s binge drinking culture and to improve access to drug treatment and support services for Queenslanders who need them,” Mr Miles said.
The Health of Queenslanders 2018 is the seventh in the series from Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young which began in 2006.
This year’s report, handed down by Dr Young in Parliament today, also showed immunisation coverage rates were high, currently at 95 per cent.
Further, it revealed 14 per cent of Queenslanders aged 14 and over had used an illicit drug, mostly cannabis, in the past 12 months.
To view the full report in full, click here.