Destination 2030: Great Care for Central Queenslanders
Our Destination 2030: Great Care for Central Queenslanders strategy will shape the future of healthcare across our region, and support our aim for Central Queenslanders to be amongst the healthiest in the world. Our vision and our strategy for the next decade and beyond is set out in this document and it provides a clear vision for the future and the key milestones for 2020 and for 2025 that we will use to measure our progress on our journey to Destination 2030. Our ambition is simple, Great Care for Central Queenslanders, wherever and whenever we deliver it. Our patients and consumers will be at the heart of how we deliver and design services, our clinical outcomes and our patient and consumer experience will be amongst the best in Australia, and CQ Health will be the best place in Queensland for health staff to work.
In delivering this vision, there are significant challenges for our communities and our hospital and health service, together with a rapidly changing context for health services across the country and internationally. Our Destination 2030 strategy sets out these challenges and that changing context and also our ambitious plans to address these challenges, improving the care, experience, clinical outcomes and ultimately helping to improve the health of our population across Central Queensland.
Our challenge: the health of Central Queenslanders
We face significant immediate challenges in the health of our population across Central Queensland including:
- smoking rate almost 40% higher than the Queensland average
- obesity rate 20% higher
- high risk alcohol consumption 15% higher.
These and other key factors have significant impacts on the prevalence of disease, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Central Queenslanders’ median age of death is two years earlier than the State average. The median adjusted life expectancy for our Indigenous population is similar to the State average, but is 12 years less than the expectancy for the whole Queensland population and there are many more very significant challenges and inequalities for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Positive mental health is an important component of more general health and wellbeing. The prevalence nationally and locally of mental and behavioural problems has increased about 3.4% a year for the past 10 years, and this trend is likely to continue. In 2012, around 14% of the Queensland population reported having mental and behavioral problems that lasted six months or longer.
Unless these issues and ongoing trends are addressed now, they will lead to significantly increased pressures on our health services across Central Queensland.