J&J flags Covid health lag in NSW

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New Health Minister Ryan Park (third from left) at J&J's Macquarie Street function last year.

20 May 2022

People in NSW put off medical appointments in the past two years due to Covid with both their physical and mental health suffering as a result, new research released by Johnson & Johnson has revealed.

The company commissioned SECNewgate to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research that was used to inform a report called ‘My Health Can’t Wait’  launched in NSW Parliament on Wednesday night.

A survey of more than 2,000 NSW residents conducted in February found 85 per cent of people felt Covid was still impacting the health services they needed and 48 per cent had delayed a medical appointment, test or procedure because of Covid.

One in three who delayed a medical appointment reported worse mental health and one in five additional physical pain, while others reported strained relationships with family members, weight gain, and negative impacts on their personal finances.

Hoping to inspire people to reprioritise their health, J&J launched an online resource hub designed to help patients and caregivers focus on their wellbeing and book an appointment with a healthcare professional by understanding the need to address health concerns and recognise the impact of delaying care.

Biljana Naumovic gets her blood pressure checked.

Janssen ANZ Managing Director Biljana Naumovic said that just as people were being encouraged to go back into the office, they also needed to be encouraged to see their GP and undertake important health checks.

“We have campaigns to encourage people back into the CBD and incentives for them to explore cultural attractions and return to life as normal, but there’s no incentive to get people back to their doctor,” Naumovic said.

“It’s 2022, and we still have a large number of NSW residents delaying important medical care.

“At Johnson & Johnson we know prevention is the best course of treatment, and these simple, fundamental health checks can be the difference between life and death.”

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