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Have your say on National Preventive Health Strategy

News Article Date: 
Friday, 4 September 2020

The Australian Government is seeking input into a 10-year National Preventive Health Strategy.

A Consultation Paper has been developed, which draws on evidence from a range of sources. The Consultation Paper (available via the link to the right) sets out what the Strategy will aim to achieve and conceptually how this might be done.

Feedback received on the Consultation Paper will be used to inform the development of the Strategy.

The Strategy will provide the overarching, long-term approach to prevention in Australia by building systemic change to ensure the best outcomes for all Australians. The Strategy will identify areas of focus for the next 10 years and outlines evidence-based approaches to underpin future priorities. 

The Strategy will aim to help Australians improve their health at all stages of life, through early intervention, better information, and targeting risk factors and the broader causes of health and wellbeing.

The Strategy will recognise that health is not just the presence or absence of disease or injury – more holistically, it is a state of wellbeing. The Strategy will not be disease specific in its approach but rather, it will focus on system wide, evidence-based approaches to reducing poor health.

The Strategy will be developed to fully align with the commitments made under the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap and align with other key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy initiatives, including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, and the commitment to develop a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Plan. This includes considering how mainstream services and organisations can improve accountability and better respond to the preventive health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people will be undertaken and feedback is encouraged through this consultation process.

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