To create access to wellness for young, disadvantaged Australians living with chronic disease, disability, cancer or major trauma, by providing funding for evidence based integrated health services including exercise, diet and counselling.
To help beneficiaries to reach maximal medical improvement and reduce permanent impairment caused by chronic disease, disability, cancer or major trauma by funding integrated, multi-disciplinary treatment plans. We aim to empower beneficiaries with long-term strategies to manage their conditions and to improve their quality of life. Services funded include: exercise rehabilitation, dietary advice and counselling.
The Be Inspired Foundation is based in Perth, Western Australia and whilst our initial focus is local, we believe that access to integrated health services should not be limited by geography. Our long-term vision is to expand our service delivery footprint by collaborating with organisations such as universities, other not-for-profit organisations as well as health professionals. In order to maximise the benefits of the funds we raise, as well as individual treatment, we can offer treatment in group settings and online.
The Reason Behind Be Inspired Foundation
The founder of the Be Inspired Foundation, Mr Shane Johnstone, has practiced as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for over 10 years. During this time he has become passionate about the benefits of evidence based, integrative health care for young people living with chronic disease, cancer and injuries resulting from major trauma. Unfortunately, funding for this type of treatment is limited under the current Medicare system, meaning not all young people in need of this additional support are able to access it. Motivated by the belief that every child should have access to wellness, Shane founded the Be Inspired Foundation to fund multi-disciplinary treatment for disadvantaged young people.
Why Is Be Inspired Foundation Needed?
Poverty in Australia is growing
- In 2012, 2.55 million people in Australia (13.9% of the national population) were living below the poverty line (50% of median income).
- Compared with other age groups, children are at a much higher risk of poverty, with 17.7% (603,000) of all children living below the 50% poverty line.
- 36% young people live in households that were unable to raise $2,000 in an emergency.
Chronic disease is Australia’s biggest health challenge
- Chronic disease is the leading cause of fatal burden of disease (the amount of life lost due to people dying early) in most age and sex groups and is the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia.
- Medicare expenditure on chronic disease specific items has increased rapidly at an annual growth rate of over 25% between 2006 and 2014, to over $850m per year.
- Chronic disease has a range of potential impacts on individuals, with reduced quality of life as well as broader social and economic effects.
There is a clear intersection between health, poverty and disadvantage, resulting in a significant social gradient in health outcomes in Australia.
- Data shows that socioeconomic disadvantages leads to poorer health, with people in the most disadvantaged areas being more likely than people in less disadvantaged areas to rate their health as fair or poor.
- There are various material and psychosocial reasons for this; low income can negatively impact housing standards or reduce access to medical services; low educational attainment can affect the ability to obtain information on health services and health risk prevention; and the lack of a sense of financial security or control over one’s life may create chronic stress which can negatively impact both physical and mental wellbeing.
- Furthermore, people with chronic conditions may have a reduced ability to earn income and family members may reduce or cease employment to provide care.
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