GIS mapping technology can help Australia go beyond treating illnesses to preventing them, Esri Australia health specialist Craig Sandy said. Speaking recently at the spatial@gov conference in Canberra, Sandy said GIS can identify areas where health might be affected by environmental dangers or lifestyle choices so resources can be used wisely. "We need to spend more time identifying areas where people are most likely to be unhealthy so we can target spending and resources there and prevent some types of illness from occurring in the first place," Sandy said.

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