HEART disease has become the biggest health worry in the Moyne Shire, according to hospital services and the latest report detailing the region’s health.
Poor diet and lack of exercise are being blamed for high admissions of heart problems into waiting rooms around Moyne townships.
Above state averages for chlamydia, mental health issues and cancer have also been identified by council as a part of a draft health and well-being plan.
Among the other findings for Moyne are:
. the lowest rate of breast cancer screening in the region;
. the highest rate of male smokers in the region — also above the state average; and
. high numbers of hospital visits for dental decay.
Moyne Health Services chief executive David Lee said the council figures matched problems faced by the service.
“Our highest rates of admission relate to heart disease followed by pulmonary obstructive disease — which can be caused by smoking or asthma,” Mr Lee said.
The health chief said high costs of fresh food and inactive lifestyles would be the target of health promotion work, while a new dental service has been included in plans for the Port Fairy Hospital redevelopment.
The data gathered from government agencies between 2011-2012 has also placed Moyne as the worst south-west council for access to GPs.
On a positive note, Moyne’s data found locals across the shire felt safer compared to other councils around the state.