iThink (WA Public Sector)

Health

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (26 June 2020)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our health and had impacts on our health system. Many clinical activities were suspended and funding had to be reallocated to purchase medical supplies and equipment, and ensure the readiness of our health workforce and system. It’s also had an impact on mental health for many members of our community. Providing safe and accessible healthcare and mental health services will be a key focus as the State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to hear your thoughts on the pandemic’s impact, and your ideas on what should be the priorities and actions to protect and support the health of our communities.

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Climate change is a health emergency.

Immediate moratorium on all extractive industries, which looking at only the near future may provide jobs and revenue, but that will accelerate the extinction crises and ecocide happening now. There is no need for jobs an a dead planet. 100% effort must be put behind Green hospitals, Doctors for Climate, Climate and Health groups etc who are advising policy and ways forward but are not being listened to.  Deforestation must stop or zoonotic diseases like the Corona virus (Covid 19) will...

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Invest in mobility aids

Support tech that makes life easier and more healthy for people physically less able bodied. I recently heard of this device from the USA. Very expensive but surely we have tech knowledge to do similar and provide in a funded way. The health benefits of standing are huge. Imagine if a large amount of people riding mobility scooters were to change to standing machines (almost like the police use but supporting weak or painful knees, backs etc). It would reduce the space they take up in shops...

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Cities are our Habitats - improving mental health

Research has well proven the positive mental health effects of connection and exposure to nature and intuitively we know this as humans. Yet it seems that nature is still undervalued and under-utilised in our design and construction of our cities. Covid demonstrated the human-nature connection as people sought out green spaces or places with nature. Exposure and connection to nature needs to become part of everyones daily lives, both inside and out. Biophilic design principles offer a...

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Invest in Prevention

We all know that prevention is better than cure, and COVID-19 has shown us the value of preventative-based approaches in maintaining public health and safety.  Despite this, over the last 10 years, I have seen the prevention / health promotion workforce in my region be absolutely decimated.  Prevention positions have been cut with funds siphoned off to clinical intervention, permanent contracts have all but disappeared and been replaced by short-term contracts (as short as 6 months), rural...

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Hospitals out of the box

Hospitals are out of date. They are a remnant from the 1920’s where recovery and cure were effected by assembled experts and technology, and Nightingale's nurses cared for the infirm. 100 years on, it's called a centralised tertiary-level healthcare model with primary care referral pathways, but the actual format hasn't budged much. Costs a fortune, staggering inefficiencies, questionable accountability. Meanwhile society, technology and patients have moved on a long way. Time to rethink the...

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Help Inventors get their inventions on the market = work + boost the economy

I have an invention (Patent pending, both here and internationally) as a single parent on the pension I might not be able to get my invention out to the people that would benefit from it being developed.  Fortunately, Australia and especially WA has dealt with the Covid - 19 in an macular fashion our Minister stood his ground when the rest of AUS was opening the restrictions with the risk of a potential 2nd wave of Covid - 19. It is not just the eastern states that are looking to WA for...

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Healthy environment, healthy people through renewables

Climate change poses serious health risks to the population which can put more pressure on the healthcare system in the future. It is important that we work now to mitigate the effects of climate change to reduce future pressure on the healthcare system allowing for more resources to be allocated to having safe and accessible healthcare and mental health services. Extracting and burning fossil fuels for energy is a driving factor for climate change. The health risks as a result of climate...

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Legislated WHO Code with fiscal penalties

In order to best protect our population from covid-19 and a host of other illnesses, breastfeeding (and breastmilk feeding) rates of infants need to increase. The WHO Code is the abbreviated name for the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes, developed in 1981 by the General Assembly of the World Health Organisation, following consultation with governments and infant formula manufacturers (ABA, 2020). The aim of the WHO code is to contribute to the safe and adequate...

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Be Inspired Foundation - Building lifelong independence

The Be Inspired Foundation (BIF) creates access to wellness for young, disadvantaged Australians living with chronic disease, disability, cancer or major trauma, by providing funding for evidence based integrated health services including exercise, diet and counselling. We assist our beneficiaries to reach maximal medical improvement and reduce permanent impairment caused by chronic disease, disability, cancer or major trauma by funding integrated, multi-disciplinary treatment plans. We...

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