Diabetes Queensland congratulates the Queensland
Government, and Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven
Miles, for moving to establish a new health agency for
Queenslanders - Health and Wellbeing Queensland (HWQ)
Health and Ambulance
Services Minister Steven Miles has introduced a bill into
Parliament to establish a new health promotion agency - Health and
Wellbeing Queensland (HWQ).
Minister Miles said Queensland had to keep driving change with
new ways to address levels of obesity and chronic disease.
"The statistics are staggering - two thirds of adults and one
quarter of children are overweight or obese in Queensland," he
"Every single day I see how being overweight or obese impacts on
people's lives, whether that's struggling to run around with their
kids or struggling to fit in a bus seat.
"Obesity is one of the most pressing public health concerns, and
we need to do more to drop the rates in Queensland."
HWQ will be an independent statutory body, working in
partnership with organisations across sectors to support
Queenslanders with eating better, becoming more active, and
creating healthier environments to live, work and play.
"We all have a role to play to make the right changes in our
society that enables people to make healthier choices, to be more
active, and to help people end unhealthy behaviours that are
contributing to weight gain," he said.
"It's not just about people's health and wellbeing anymore.
Obesity is one of the leading causes of hospitalisations and
disability in Queensland.
"This, combined with a growing and ageing population, is
negatively impacting on the capacity of the health system and the
productivity of the economy.
"This new health promotion agency will bring together industry
and all levels of government to effectively action change."
HWQ will facilitate investments and activities to help people
become healthier, and develop new partnerships with sectors not
traditionally associated with health or health care services.
"This could include sporting clubs, transport, parenting groups
and local government," the Minister said.
HWQ will also work with stakeholders and government departments
to provide input into policy development and future strategies.
The new bill is expected to be debated in Parliament in May.