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Health findings reveal local health needs

By Liam Nash

New findings have revealed Cobram has seen a notable increase in residents regularly visiting their local GP in the past 15 years, according to research from Melbourne University’s Crossroads study.

As a part of a random survey conducted in Cobram, 431 adults completed a detailed health questionnaire which showed a rise in routine health screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, bowel and skin checks, while rates of smoking have declined to 16 per cent – a rate below the state average.

However, results from the same report also revealed that despite regular visitation, mental health conditions were reported to have increased while the use of mental health services was low.

And while mental health concerns are an issue, physical health matters remain a challenge due to a concerningly high rate of obesity, with 77 per cent of participants in the overweight or obese range.

The full scope of the statistics and results uncovered by the study will be used in planning for local health needs in Cobram, according to Nathalia Cobram Numurkah Health Services chief executive Jacque Phillips.

“These findings will inform our future planning with a particular focus on chronic health conditions, including mental health and improving access to local health care,” Ms Phillips said.

“NCN Health has an excellent partnership with the University and we appreciate the opportunity for the Cobram community to be included in the Crossroads study.”

Residents are invited to attend a community feedback session about the key findings on Friday at 2 pm at Education House, NCN Health, O’Dwyer Ave, Cobram.

Registration is required and can be made at trybooking.com/BGTRE