Consumer Healthcare Products (CHP) Australia welcomes the release of first-ever Self-Care Readiness Index, developed by the Global Self-Care Federation with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Self-care is defined by WHO as the ability of individuals to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.
Identifying four key self-care enablers, the Index is a first-of-its-kind research and policy initiative that explores critical enablers of self-care across various health systems around the world. It aims to support a better design of healthcare systems and build a foundation for action-oriented initiatives at all levels.
CHP Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Deon Schoombie, explains
“The Self-Care Readiness Index is an innovative research and policy tool that can help close the gap between the value of self-care and how it is practiced worldwide”
“Empowering and supporting individuals to take greater responsibility for their health outcomes through self-care should be a defining characteristics of Australia’s health care systems, services, and supports.”
“This Index should serve as a catalyst for policymakers, decision-makers, and healthcare professionals to incorporate global learnings, and establish new, better approaches to self-care.”