A high proportion of people in Gippsland consume alcohol at risky levels compared to the rest of Victoria.
This was revealed in one of two issue papers, titled Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD), released by the Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) as part of addressing priority issues in the region.
A second paper, Sexual and Reproductive Health, identified that COVID-19 has impacted service provision in Gippsland with reductions in antenatal care and a change to more telehealth service delivery.
Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, said the organisation was committed to Population Health Planning as an ongoing core function.
“We gather data and information from many sources including the local community and health professionals to identify the unique health priorities of our region,” Ms Proposch said. “The purpose is to make informed decisions about the best way to achieve our vision of a measurably healthier Gippsland.”