How did this campaign come about? Recent data from a number of sources including our own observations has demonstrated that many people are avoiding getting routine check-ups, health screening and early diagnostic tests, because of the pandemic.
According to the newly established consortium of Peak Bodies, Industry and Healthcare Organisations, The Continuity of Care Collaboration (CCC), over half of all Australians are avoiding their healthcare during COVID-19.
Data from the Cancer Council supports this, with over a third less breast cancer screenings taking place during the coronavirus pandemic. This drop in early detection means that up to 8,000 women have breast cancer right now but do not know it.1
Additional data from Cancer Australia showed substantial drops in tests that diagnose three of the most common cancers (skin, breast and colorectal) in Australia between March and April. 2
Experts fear the case will also be the same for heart disease – with males twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease, and the disease responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in Australia in 2018.3
But it could be any number of different health issues and we must act now to stop this trend of neglecting our general health.
This is why we have created the Wellness Day campaign - a day for you concentrate on your physical health and give you the time to get your most important asset - your health - assessed.