The George targets disadvantaged populations around the world where access to basic health services may be restricted. The Institute is engaged in a number of programs working with Indigenous Australians that will have a positive, sustainable and measurable impact.
Governments are spending record sums on health research, yet arguably much of what will be spent will have little immediate relevance to the health experiences of ordinary individuals. It will provide little benefit to our children and their children and have even less impact on our own health: neither during the life of current governments nor during the long line of governments to follow will the impact of that research be seen.
Many of the diseases that affect the most disadvantaged populations across the world are conditions known collectively as neglected diseases. Including conditions that claim millions of lives each year – dengue, diarrhoeal diseases and rheumatic fever – these diseases have received relatively little funding, attention and profile compared to many of the common chronic conditions that affect high income countries.
Australian research has confirmed substantial under treatment of patients who are at risk of cardiovascular disease. The new research shows that up to 70% of patients who are at a high risk of a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years aren’t receiving the care required to prevent these conditions. Findings also show that 50% of older patients who have had a heart attack or stroke aren’t receiving the care or treatments they need to prevent a second attack.
According to national guidelines, the best care for acute lower back pain is simple: stay active, avoid bed rest and take regular simple analgesics such as paracetamol. However new research has found that only 20% of patients receive this simple treatment approach. Instead many are referred for unnecessary imaging and prescribed more complex medicines such as ibuprofen.
New research shows that more than 70% of processed meats, cheeses and sauces contain unacceptably high levels of salt in Australia. Many other food products also had high levels of salt. These findings have been released by The George Institute to coincide with World Salt Awareness Week (1-7 February).
Researchers at The George Institute have discovered that high consumption of coffee and tea is associated with a substantially reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Lead author, Associate Professor Rachel Huxley, The George Institute, says that people who consumed on average three to four cups of coffee a day had one-quarter lower risk of developing diabetes compared to non-coffee drinkers.
Key findings of the second G-FINDER report, an annual survey of investment into neglected disease R&D, were launched today in New Delhi, India. These show global funding for neglected disease R&D ground to a standstill in 2008.