The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced in June 2019 that the Australian Government would develop a National Preventive Health Strategy (the Strategy). The Strategy forms part of the third pillar for mental health and preventive health as outlined in Australia’s Long Term National Health Plan.
The Strategy will be a long-term 10 year plan and will build on other strategic work that has already been developed, or is currently being drafted. This includes the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions, the National Obesity Strategy and the National Tobacco Strategy.
The Strategy aims to help Australians improve their health at all stages of life, through early intervention, better information, and targeting modifiable risk factors and the broader causes of poor health.
Expert Steering Committee
An Expert Steering Committee (the Committee), chaired by Dr Lisa Studdert, Deputy Secretary Department of Health, has been appointed to provide advice on the development of the Strategy. The Committee is composed of experts from across the public health, research, health promotion, medical, allied health and nursing fields.
The Committee plans to meet every few months.
Representatives of the Expert Steering Committee
- Public Health Association of Australia
- Co-Chairs of Canberra Health Summit
- Consumers Health Forum of Australia
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- Australian Health Policy Collaboration
- Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs
- National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
- Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
- Healthy Male Australia
- Jean Hailes for Women’s Health
- Cancer Australia
- The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
- National Rural Health Alliance
- Cancer Council Australia
- Australian National University
- Drug and alcohol expert
- Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation
- Allied Health Professions Australia
- Australian Physiotherapy Association
- Independent public health expert
- Health Issues Centre
- Australian College of Nursing
- Australian Medical Association
A Roundtable meeting was held on 26 September in Melbourne and was attended by the Expert Steering Committee, as well as the Minister.
For a summary of what was discussed at the Roundtable, please see the below communique:
- Communique – National Preventive Health Strategy, October 2019 (PDF 72 KB)
- Communique – National Preventive Health Strategy, October 2019 (Word 28 KB)
Consultation will be integral to the development of the Strategy and we want to ensure that the views of public health experts, key stakeholder groups, and the public are well represented in the Strategy.
All stakeholders will be provided with an opportunity to contribute to the development of the Strategy, either through topic-specific consultation workshops in the coming months or a public consultation in early 2020.
Please find below a list of documents relevant to the Strategy:
- Minister Hunt’s Speech – National Press Club address — Long Term National Health Plan
- Australia’s Long Term National Health Plan
If you have any questions regarding the Strategy, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information