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Clinic puts prevention first

PREVENTION is definitely better than cure, say the people behind the St John of God Healthcare Subiaco Health Assessment Service.

The service encompasses the specialities offered in the Subiaco Clinic attached to the hospital such as Health and Injury Management and weight loss expert Weight No More.

Weight No More director Steven Skivinis said the comprehensive health testing they undertook had prevented potential disease.

“In some cases we’ve even saved people’s lives with the tests,” Mr Skivinis said.

“We’ve been able to direct these people towards a structured lifestyle regime to help prevent further complications.”

The preventative approach run by the HAS has been applied to the commercial sector with positive results.

Health and Injury Management director Ian Mundy said the service had saved Fremantle City Council at least $14,000, simply by giving council staff flu shots last year.

The FCC’s outlay for the program was just $3,000.

“We’re trying to produce measurable outcomes,” Mr Mundy said.

“What is the cost to a business if the CEO falls seriously ill? It is substantial.”

Mr Mundy said Health and Injury Management was trying to streamline the injury management process.

“We have timeframes set for recovery,” he said.

“If those timeframes are not met we want to know why.

“Everything we do is based on measurable outcomes.”

Fellow Health and Injury Management director Tim Gooch said they had designed a computer package to measure every aspect of a person’s health, fitness and lifestyle.

That package could also be used to measure organisational health.

Mr Skivinis said the system was able to isolate factors for organisations that could carry risk.

Mr Mundy said they wanted to look at the long-term health of

an individual rather than just providing a one-off assessment.

“We’re not trying to replace general practitioners,” he said.

“We refer people we’ve assessed to GPs in their area.”

Mr Gooch said more than 55 per cent of people did not even have a treating GP.

“They only go to the doctor if they have a problem,” he said.

Mr Mundy said GPs were a valuable link to the community.

Besides the links throughout Perth, the HAS also has national affiliations through other Catholic hospitals.

Mr Gooch said it was important to be able to offer a consistent nationwide service to executives.

“When you look at executives, they are often in transit across Australia,” he said.

Subiaco Clinic manager Marg-aret Hemsley said moves were in place to try and remove Fringe Benefit Tax implications attached to the services.

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