A healthy lifestyle gives you energy and helps you to live life to the fullest.  It helps you to limit weight gain and reduce your risk of preventable diseases such as diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and some cancers.  

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You should feel empowered to take charge of your own health and wellbeing.  To assist you to assess your current behaviours and identify potential areas for improvement, a Health Self-Assessment has been developed.

The Health Self-Assessment challenges you to think about your health lifestyle choices and gives you a ‘score’ in each of four key areas: healthy eating, physical activity, alcohol consumption and tobacco use. Further resources within this website provide information of each of the four key areas if you would like to learn more about developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To take the Health Self-Assessment challenge, refer to the tab below.

Take the Health Self-Assessment challenge

Key health messages

FAQ

I went to see my health professional (dentist/physiotherapist) for a specific reason/check-up, why am I receiving general health promotion information?

Your health professional is committed to helping you with your specific health concerns as well as promoting your overall health and wellbeing. By offering general health information, your health professional can help you to make healthy lifestyle choices, which can reduce your risk of preventable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. If you would prefer not to receive this information, please ensure that you tick ‘no’ on the Health Self-Assessment questionnaire or mention this to the health professional or receptionist.

How can a patient/consumer become involved in the Health Promoting Practices project?

The resources within this website are freely available to everyone. Consumers are invited to explore the website and use the content as a guide to improve their health literacy and lifestyle choices, as appropriate. However, we would like to remind you that the content of this website is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or other registered health care professional. The content has been prepared specifically for Australian audiences. 

During the pilot study only patients who attend practices that are participating in the Project and who meet the study inclusion criteria can be enrolled in the Health Promoting Practices Evaluation. See “What is involved in participating in the Health Promoting Practices Evaluation?” for more information. 

I signed up for the Health Promoting Practices project Evaluation with my dentist/physiotherapist, what happens next?

Congratulations, you have made a great first step towards taking charge of your general health and wellbeing! While keeping in mind the advice of your health care professional, you are invited to explore this website and use the information to help think about what you can do to improve your ‘lifestyle health’. About six months from the time you signed up for the study, we will contact you with a follow up survey to see if you found the Health Promoting Practices project, its’ resource brochure and website helpful in empowering you to make more healthy lifestyle choices.

What happens to my survey after I fill it out?

Survey data is securely provided to the Health Promoting Practices officer, see “How does the Health Promoting Practices Evaluation protect the privacy of its participants?” for further information. 

How does the Health Promoting Practices Evaluation protect the privacy of its participants?

All information that could identify a patient, practice or practitioner is held in a secure location. Unique identifier codes are used to replace these details in the surveys (also known as survey de-identification) and the key that links the unique identifier codes to the patient, practice or practitioner is stored securely, only authorised personnel have access. The de-identified survey information is then entered and analysed. Reports will only use participant data that is pooled from multiple surveys, not individual survey information. 

When will the results of the study be available?

While the study is being conducted, updates can be found under: “Project news updates”. When the study Evaluation is completed a copy of the report and links to any resulting publications will be posted on this website under “Project findings and outcomes”. 

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