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New health data released by St.LukesHealth highlights the urgent need to change the way healthcare is delivered in Tasmania to future-proof the economy and well-being of Tasmanians.

Tasmanians in the 25 to 34 age group are more likely to have unprotected sex, brush their teeth only once a day and have higher rates of depression and anxiety when compared to the national average.

More than half identify as overweight or obese, a key factor known to cause chronic disease.

The results suggest young Tasmanians will need higher levels of healthcare than previous generations, creating a bigger burden on Tasmanian families and government, unless a significant level of investment into preventative healthcare is made.

St.LukesHealth, a Tasmanian not-for-profit private health insurance fund, was keen to understand how it could improve the health outcomes of all Tasmanians. 

As a result, St.LukesHealth commissioned a “first of its kind” report to better understand the current and future health status of 25 to 34-year-olds and identify what lifestyle behaviours contribute to poor health and preventable hospitalisations.

The study saw St.LukesHealth conduct its own bespoke survey from August to September 2018 and work alongside health organisations KP Health and Healthy Tasmania Pty Ltd to delve into existing state and national data.

A copy of the study can be found here.

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