Join the discussion on what a healthier South Australia looks like to you

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Sarah C

13 Jun 2018

In a healthier South Australia, breastfeeding would be acknowledged for the role it plays in preventing chronic illness for both mothers and babies. There needs to be a coordinated approach to increasing knowledge amongst health professionals so they are able to provide accurate and timely advice. There also needs to be support for the organisations and volunteers who support women and their families to reach their breastfeeding goals. Utilising the current ‘rates of breastfeeding’ is a good indicator for the health outcomes we can expect in later life. The 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey identified that breastfeeding rates at that time in Australia were:
• 96% of mothers initiated breastfeeding
• 39% of mothers were exclusively breastfeeding at 3 months
• 15% of mothers were exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months
• 28% of mothers were still breastfeeding at 12 months
• 9% of mothers were still breastfeeding at 18 months
• 5% of mothers were still breastfeeding at 2 years
More needs to be done to support women to reach their breastfeeding goals. This includes programs that help normalise breastfeeding through awareness raising, make it possible to combine paid work and breastfeeding particularly through workplace policies and practices, and provide education and support for childcare providers so that they can support continued breastfeeding and the provision of breastmilk to children in their care.
Studies have shown ‘Children who are breastfed for longer periods have lower infectious morbidity and mortality, fewer dental malocclusions, and higher intelligence than do those who are breastfed for shorter periods, or not breastfed. This inequality persists until later in life. Growing evidence also suggests that breastfeeding might protect against overweight and diabetes later in life.’ and ‘Breastfeeding benefits mothers. It can prevent breast cancer, improve birth spacing, and might reduce a woman’s risk of diabetes and ovarian cancer.’
There is solid evidence around the value of investing in the first 1000 days of children's lives and the ongoing benefits this has throughout life. Therefore more generally, this should be considered an important focus for this Plan and represents one of the best ‘return on investment’ opportunities.

Kip Fuller

06 Jun 2018

A healthier S.A. would be one where women can access a Medication Abortion in the privacy of a consultation with their G.P.'s like women interstate are able to do. Alas, in S.A. women have to attend a hospital to access such a service. This particularly disadvantages remote and rural women. Access to speedy, affordable, safe abortion methods promotes women's physical, social and emotional well-being; and can prevent possible subsequent abuse and neglect of unwanted children. In turn these consequences affect the well-being of our whole community. In addition, a healthier S.A. would allow adults who feel they don't have any quality of life, because their health is declining, to access humane assisted dying from a friendly doctor. I want to be spared suffering when I am old and frail, or in a vegetative state, without autonomy.

Selina Simmons

04 Jun 2018

Have you had a look at your link for the survey? It goes in circles allowing you to JUST see the framework but no link to a workable survey!

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YourSAy Team > Selina Simmons

06 Jun 2018

Hi Selina, thanks for getting in touch - here's a link direct to the survey

Dianne Neale

31 May 2018

Unfortunately, although a comprehensive primary health care system is in place, not everyone wants to change their lifestyle and become healthy, but much preferring to keep to their old and somewhat unhealthy lifestyle habits and just "pop" the pill given them by the doctor. It would be wonderful if people could be influenced to change lifestyles with the aim of reducing their medical conditions but I'm not sure this will happen because a lot of people just don't want to change because they enjoy their lifestyles.

Frank Hussey

26 Apr 2018

I believe that too often we negate the power and influence of primary health care. We spend a lot of time, money and effort into producing the societal health costs of diabetes, obesity etc. These are worthwhile statistics but the statistics only seem to grow. Is it time to consider incentives to really engage people into reducing these medical conditions. Primary health care is often the first line of a person's encounter into a health care discussion. This is where a GP or nurse will take the person's baseline health data. Can't incentives be introduced so the person can acknowledge adverse health data and be put on a proper plan to overcome them. Surely incentives speak louder than just end costs of poor health.

Frank Hussey

26 Apr 2018

It is necessary for local councils to have safe 'green belts' for people to walk, play, converse and relax in. Property developers need to have more stringent limitations upon them by local councils on high density housing complexes. People need to be able to spend time with family members in good council garden areas and not just be surrounded by bricks and mortar. It may be time a Federal Authority was set up to monitor local community 'green belts' that are being forsaken by local property development.