Call to Action 3: A whole person approach to health
At the festival, we saw promising solutions that combine mind, body and brain. However, in practice, health and social services are fragmented, inadequate, or inaccessible for most people.
As the first point of contact between a person and the health system, strong primary care is essential for progression towards more comprehensive health care, and must be more integrated with social services (such as education and income support), while considering the person’s broader context. General practitioners, health and social workers are essential to making a thorough assessment of a person’s needs, providing early support and referral to specialist services when needed. We also learned from Tanatsu Shikura And I saw who Kelvin Obebe the difficult conditions in which they work, often through unpaid work.
Alternatives to move forward on this path include: prioritizing prevention, investing in primary care, ‘mix-and-match’ social and health interventions (ie social prescriptions, psychological counseling, income support, employment advice), and increased opportunities for career advancement and salaries in the normal setting. and primary care.
This was highlighted during premature mortality discussions on day 4 of the #MQScienceFestival, notably by Professor Carol Worthman who explained MQ’s Gone Too Soon program approach to addressing premature mortality.