Do you ever wonder what your fellow Australians have been searching on Google? A new study gives you the answer.
Dr Michael Jensen, study author and University of Canberra senior research fellow, tracked health trends on Google over the last five years. He found that more people are searching for terms such as vegan, vegetables and fruit.
Some of the information may also corroborate with the increasing shift to vegetarianism and veganism in the country. Roy Morgan Research data in 2016 revealed vegetarians increased to 2.1 million from 1.7 million.
Mfiservicebodies.com.au agrees that people are also becoming more interested in nutrition and self-care, as well as mental health. But there are fewer searches for fitness, obesity and healthy eating. Searches for organic, gluten and genetically modified food either remained the same or declined.
Major Concerns of Those in the Rural Areas
The study likewise cited some of the pressing issues of those living in the rural areas. One of the biggest concerns is the lack of hospital staff. This problem, however, has been around for years.
In a previous report by the Council of Australian Governments, there is a huge disparity between the quality and speed of healthcare received by those who lived in big cities and rural areas.
Those who live in the latter are about 2.5 times likely to be confined in hospitals because of chronic diseases. Waiting times are unusually longer whether they are seeing a general practitioner or a medical specialist.
Not only is healthcare access challenging; there are not enough medical professionals to help. The government tries to bridge the gap by training country students to be generalists. Nevertheless, many patients still need more specialised care whilst rural doctors face a lot of stress with heavy workloads.
Seeing the Opportunity
If you are in the field of healthcare, you can make the most of these new pieces of information to serve the others. First, you can improve health education. So far, the country’s health literacy rate is around 62 per cent.
Certainly, it could be better. If you are a person of action, you can augment healthcare service needs in the rural areas by operating a mobile clinic. You may ask a reputable company to build a vehicle body for you or customise your existing vehicle to meet the requirements of your advocacy.
The country is earning huge brownie points for all its efforts in making the people more knowledgeable and proactive when it comes to health, but more also needs to be done not just by the government but by everyone.