The George Institute, Australia welcomes the Senate report on the obesity epidemic into Australia, released December 2018. The report has recommended a range of measures, including the establishment of a national obesity taskforce, that we support and would like to see greater investment in.
On Wednesday 5 December 2018, The George Institute for Global Health community came together to celebrate the 2018 John Yu Medal awardee Mrs Gabi Hollows AO significant impact on ensuring access to the prevention and treatments for curable blindness.
The George Institute for Global Health presented research at the Safety 2018 World Conference on our drowning prevention projects in India and Bangladesh, on preventing falls for older people, and the Young Lives study.
The Chief Medical Officer of Australia, Professor Brendan Murphy, highlighted the challenges of meeting the global non-communicable disease (NCD) targets needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying there is strong commitment from all Australian governments to increase the national effort in addressing NCDs, in particular by implementing a number of strategic action plans that have been completed or are in development.
China has the largest number of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in the world - 110 million people – and this number is expected to rise. In order to better help people with T2DM, The George Institute China is undertaking a ‘Mobile Health Technology Platform’ to help family health promoters in their management of people with diabetes.
Low-cost community-based approaches to improving child water safety need to be developed along with parental education to improve supervision of children who play near open water bodies in rural areas of West Bengal and other Eastern states where heavy monsoon rains cause frequent flooding of major rivers resulting in a seasonal increase in child drowning deaths.