Keep Queenslanders healthy

Good health improves life satisfaction and allows people to enjoy a productive and active lifestyle, so it is important that Queenslanders have both healthy bodies and healthy minds. If interventions are made at the right time, in the right way, we can work to shift the burden of disease and make Queensland the leading healthy state.

Mental health is also a significant health issue. While new avenues for identifying mental health issues are opening, and more workplaces are aware of their employee’s mental health and wellbeing, new threats to mental health, such as cyberbullying, are emerging.

The government's priorities:

Increase the number of Queenslanders with a healthy body weight

Proportion of adults and children with a healthy body weight

*Target is calculated from the 2014 baseline.

Source: Productivity Commission, Report on Government Services 2018.

Unhealthy body weight is a significant health issue. It is also a precursor to a number of other preventable health conditions that have significant impacts on the health system. People in the healthy weight range are at lower risk of chronic disease, more likely to report good health and more likely to be satisfied with their health.

What do we want to achieve?

Increase the proportion of adults and children with a healthy body weight by 10% by 2026.

Interpreting the results

As at 2014–15, the proportion of adults and children with a healthy body weight was approximately 36% for adults and 66% for children and this has not improved significantly since 2007–08. The next results will be for 2017–18 and are expected to be available in late 2018.

Government taking action

The Queensland Government continues to roll out a suite of programs to encourage a healthy lifestyle and achieve our target.

Government's actions

  • My health, Queensland's future: Advancing health 2026 has a vision for Queenslanders to be among the healthiest people in the world by 2026. There are a number of strategies and action plans that sit under Advancing Health 2026. The Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework 2017 to 2026 has a strategy specifically focussed on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Establishing a statutory public health commission to support good health and tackle Queensland’s high obesity and chronic disease rates.
  • Expansion of the preventive health Deadly Choices Healthy Lifestyle Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to support initiatives in Central Queensland, North West Queensland and Far North Queensland.
  • The Advance Queensland Sport and Active Recreation Strategy will provide Queenslanders with more opportunities to participate and achieve success in, and benefit from sport and active recreation throughout their lives.

Reduce suicides

Rate of suicide deaths in Queensland

*Target calculated from the 2015 baseline.

Source: Productivity Commission, Report on Government Services 2018.
Greater Capital City and Rest of State are defined as Statistical Area Level 4s (SA4s).

Suicide has devastating impacts on families, friends and communities. Over the past decade, an average of more than 600 Queenslanders each year have died by suicide. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.

What do we want to achieve?

Reduce suicide rate by 50% by 2026.

Interpreting the results

The rate of suicide deaths in Queensland has not improved over the last 4 years. The rate of suicide deaths in Queensland for 15 to 24-year-olds and for people living outside of major cities increased between 2012 and 2016.

Government taking action

The Queensland Government has a strong focus on mental health and reducing suicide rates.

Government's actions

Case study

Last reviewed
6 July, 2018
Last updated
6 July, 2018