The Universal Definition Of Health
Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is ‘a condition of full physical, emotional and social well being.’ A wide variety of definitions have evolved over the years for various purposes. While a person’s physical health may mean healthy weight, height and head shape, emotional health is related to how one feels inside and out. While many may not think it important, health is a crucial element in one’s happiness and therefore, one’s quality of life.
The creation of the universal standards set down by the World Health Organization and the Royal Society of Australia in order to set benchmarks for the nations around the world has been an endeavour to maintain health as a top priority. Both these bodies also work towards creating awareness about health and promoting health measures that can help promote the general wellbeing of a nation. The creation of the universal health system was designed to provide uniform quality care for all citizens of a country, irrespective of their social, economic or other background. As per the present provisions, the universal health system covers most of the health issues in the world. It also covers disability, primary health care, hospitalization, maternity, newborn and child care and related services.
The current laws and guidelines of the Australian National Health Department work towards encouraging and promoting the best quality of health care, promoting the social determinants of good health and promoting the maintenance of the wellbeing of the environment. According to the current National Health Service guidelines, the focus of the health system should be on the prevention of diseases, improving health, adjusting and improving quality of life, prolonging life and improving disability and death outcomes. In addition, it also ensures that everyone has access to adequate and relevant healthcare services.