The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has urged the government to take action over sore throat and the government has announced an emergency fund of $15 million to provide a wide range of health services to older Australians.
The $15m will be allocated to a range of measures, including: A fresh look at sore throat management strategies and tools for elderly people; a new program to train primary care nurses and senior doctors on sore throat; and a new focus on treating sore throat as a primary healthcare issue.
The AMA said it hoped the funds would help close the health gap that was being created by the worsening problem of older Australians living with sore throats.
“Sore throat is an incredibly complex disease that affects many different parts of the body,” AMA vice-president Dr Fiona Gee said.
“It’s not just the elderly who are at risk of developing sore throat, and we’re seeing the elderly being more and more likely to die of it.”
A key part of the government’s strategy is to improve the quality of care for people over the age of 65.
Dr Gee told the ABC the government needed to address the root causes of sore throat.
“We’ve got to look at what are the underlying issues, what are those triggers, what is the pathway that causes sore throat?”
“The best thing we can do to prevent a person from getting a sore throat is to treat them well, to keep them in good health and to keep the medications off their body.” “
There’s no doubt in my mind that the underlying cause is a lot more complex than that.”
“The best thing we can do to prevent a person from getting a sore throat is to treat them well, to keep them in good health and to keep the medications off their body.”
Dr Gees said the government was also spending too much money on drugs and other health care systems.
“There’s some of the biggest barriers to access to the medical care and the healthcare systems in Australia that we’ve got in place,” she told the National Health Foundation.
Topics:health,health-policy,healthcare-facilities,health,diseases-and-disorders,healthgiving,sore-throat,united-states,canberra-2600,act,ana,australia,auckland,nzFirst posted January 03, 2019 08:03:39Contact Sarah RimmerMore stories from New South Wales