Results of Mid North health report

The truth is out and unfortunately it is not what you want to hear!

We are smoking too much, not eating enough fruit and veg and do not have enough facilities to support the rising mental health resources. 

Country SA PHN’s latest health report has been released and you might want to grab an apple to snack on.

The latest health report has revealed the Mid North region has the highest levels of diabetes, asthma and lowest fruit intake for the state. 

The recent NEEDS Assessment Data Report found 13.4 per cent of Mid North respondents had diabetes and 17.5 per cent had asthma. 

This was in comparison to the 4.6 per cent of diabetics in Adelaide Hills and 10.9 per cent of Lower North asthmatics.

As high rates for many health conditions appear throughout the Mid North, the national priority focus for primary health networks remain in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, aged care, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, the health workforce and the health of the overall population. 

Percentage of populations with diabetes

Outcomes of the NEEDS assessment report additionally found that chronic disease rates in country South Australia are above the state average.

The Mid North was also recognised for high rates of respiratory diseases, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Overall, the main concerns of the state report is the  general health of the regional South Australian population.

The report suggests that the general health of South Australia is highly influenced by the reports recognised risk factors, but this can and should easily be changed.

“Moreover, the interrelated nature of socioeconomic determinants, risk factors, and health status suggests that acting on any one of the principal needs identified in this report will positively impact on other needs, state or unstated”, the report stated.

The identified risk factors for the Mid North region were the increasing smoking rates and alcohol intake.

Risk factors data summary (percentage of respondents 16 years and above)

A key finding of the data was the lack of mental health facilities in the Mid North. 

Mental health is a high priority for public health networks and the results for South Australia were disturbingly variable. 

For every 100,000 people in the Mid North only 3.6 psychologists are available. 

This is in comparison to the 52.1 psychologists available to every 100,000 people in the Gawler- Two Wells region. 

These figures are distinctively different yet both are still below the national average of 90.1 psychologists per 100,000 people.

The Country SA PHN report states that whilst there is a connection between socioeconomic status and health, a connection too exists between mental disorders and substance use.

“Mental disorders and substance use frequently occur together and can interact negatively on one another. While this is commonly known, a specific gap became apparent with regard to drug and alcohol and mental health comorbidity and relevant service provision within our current data streams”, the report said.

Mental health data summary

Other results of the data are presented below or can be found via the Country SA PHN Assessment Report. 

Cancer

Cancer rates and deaths throughout South Australia. 

Arthritis

Arthritis and Osteoporosis percentages per South Australian regions. 

Health workforce

Avalibility of health workforce in the Mid North. 

Immunisation

Rates of immunisation for the first five years of life.

Aged care

Percentage of ages 65+ and per 1,000 aged 65+.

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