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Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Taking preventative action – a response to Australia: The Healthiest Country by 2020 – the report of the National Preventative Health Taskforce.

Canberra: Preventative Health Taskforce

From April 2008 the National Preventative Health Taskforce havas been developing strategies to tackle the health challenges faced by all Australians, caused by tobacco, alcohol and obesity. In October 2008, the Taskforce released a discussion paper, Australia: the healthiest country by 2020 and three associated technical papers on obesity, tobacco and alcohol. These documents formed the basis for conducting consultations and calling for public submissions.

Following this review and consultation process, the Taskforce released its final report in September 2009, titled Australia: the Healthiest Country by 2020. The Taskforce put forward 136 recommendations and 35 areas for action, tackling obesity, tobacco and alcohol as key drivers of chronic disease.
Taking preventative action - a response to Australia: The Healthiest Country by 2020 - the report of the National Preventative Health is a report outlining how the Commonwealth government has responded to the recommendations of the Taskforce. The issues and outcomes that will impact most on the Indigenous population include tobacco control and prevention for Indigenous Australians.

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Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2008)

Physical activity: policy endorsed by the 50th RACGP Council 9 February 2008.

Sydney: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


National Public Health Partnership (2005)

Be active Australia: a framework for health sector action for physical activity 2005-2010.

Melbourne: National Public Health Partnership

The draft Be Active Australia - a National Physical Activity for Health Action Plan (now renamed Active Australia: A Health Sector Framework for Action 2005 -2010) was released in April 2004 for consultation. Consultations took place in each jurisdiction and 70 submissions, representing over 250 organisations, were received.

The Strategic Inter-Governmental forum on Physical Activity and Health (SIGPAH) sought comment from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia through a parallel consultation process undertaken by Innovative Leadership Australia.

On 9 June 2004, a national consensus workshop on the draft plan was held to review the issues raised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals during the national consultations, as well as to allow participants to make recommendations. Outcomes were presented on 10 June 2004 to the whole-of -population workshop and participants focussed on reaching an agreement on the Plan and implementation issues. SIGPAH met on 11 June 2004 to discuss incorporation of the consultation findings into a final draft and is currently preparing the Plan for National Public Health Partnership (NPHP) Member endorsement to refer to the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council and Health Ministers.

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Last updated: 20 February 2017
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