Looking after your health

An older woman using telehealth for a doctor's consultation

Anglicare encourages all Tasmanians to prioritise their health – and to seek medical care when required.

“There is real concern by GPs across the country that because of the coronavirus pandemic, some people may be putting off seeing a doctor,” said Anglicare CEO Chris Jones. “It is especially important that people with existing chronic health conditions continue to get regular healthcare and keep taking prescribed medications”.

This includes people with arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and mental health conditions.

The Australian Medical Association has warned that if people neglect their health during the pandemic, it is likely to lead to serious complications. “Indeed, many Australians will lose their lives to preventable conditions,” said AMA president Tony Bartone.

Anglicare is supporting local people to access health care. Our team is ensuring older Tasmanians and people with disability keep up any regular medical appointments. “We are also  assisting clients to make use of the expanded telehealth facilities now available, and to obtain any medications they require,” said Chris. “It’s vital that people look after their health, even if they have reduced other activities outside their home during the coronavirus outbreak”.

Australians are being urged to get their flu vaccine to protect them against influenza. Many people, including those over the age of 65, are eligible for a free vaccine through the National Immunisation Program. “The vaccine helps to protect people from this serious disease,” said Chris. “Again, it is especially important for older people and those with long-term medical conditions to have this vaccination. Don’t put it off”.

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