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Deakin University and University of Queensland researchers have released the Assessing Cost Effectiveness of Prevention (ACE-Prevention) report, which assessed illness prevention measures to identify those that will prevent the most illness or premature death and those that offer best value for money.
Deakin University’s Professor Rob Carter and Professor Theo Vos from the University of Queensland presented key findings at the report’s launch at VicHealth on Wednesday 8 September, 2010.
The research project is thought to be the most comprehensive of its kind and has involved input from more than 130 top health experts in assessing the cost effectiveness of 123 illness prevention measures.
An ageing population, population growth, technological advances and increasing expectations of the
health system will continue to place emphasis on a health system that delivers value for money.
As well as identifying those measures with positive results, the research also found several preventative health practices within Australia that offer poor value for money.
“While the economic case to increase funding for health promotion is strong, it’s important we make tough but necessary reallocations away from ineffective measures with poor cost-effectiveness and towards those that we know are more cost-effective,” Professor Carter said.
The report has addressed the prevention of ill health in areas such as mental health, diabetes, tobacco use, alcohol use, nutrition, body weight, physical activity, blood pressure, blood cholesterol and bone mineral density.
The report represents five years of research funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and supported by Lowitja Institute (incorporating the Co-operative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health), VicHealth and the Public Health Association of Australia.