In November 2022, AHPA made a submission to the Inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm. Read the submission here.
The Australian Health Promotion Association seeks to influence a broad range of public policies as they impact on population health.
On behalf of members, the AHPA Board and Branch Committees regularly provide formal and informal submissions, letters and statements on a variety of national and state/territory issues of relevance to our role in promoting good health, preventing illness and redressing inequities.
Our advice is underpinned by the evidence for effective health promotion policies and strategies and the needs of our members and all those working in the field of health promotion.
Often, AHPA collaborates with our partners on joint submissions.
Archived submissions are available on request.
AHPA recently received correspondence from The Hon. Ged Kearney, MP, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care. We thank her for her response and look forward to continuing to collaborate to promote health and prevent illness.
AHPA recently signed a letter from the health community which called for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to protect lives of current and future generations.
More info on the treaty here.
In collaboration with the Australian Gun Safety Alliance and Gun Control Australia, AHPA has co-signed a letter to the Federal Government on firearm data transparency.
AHPA wrote to the Hon. Greg Hunt MP and Hon. Mark Butler MP calling on them to make health promotion and illness prevention a priority this election. AHPA have received a response from the Department of Health (via the First Assistant Secretary, Population Health Division) on behalf of the Minister as the Australian Government is now in a caretaker role.
AHPA was recently involved in the Raise the Rate for Good - National Day of Action on Wed 27 April which calls on all parties & candidates to commit to increasing income support and investing in social housing.
Signed on to two joint letters led by ACOSS from the community sector to Federal Election candidates calling on them to commit to two game-changer policies to reduce poverty and inequality. These policies are: lift income support payments to above the poverty line so everyone can cover the basic and invest in 25,000 social housing units each year as part of a National Housing Plan.
AHPA joined Obesity Policy Coalition and 20+ other health and consumer orgs to call for more work to be put into food regulatory reforms to put the health of Australians and New Zealanders first. Read more here.
AHPA was consulted by the Australian Gun Safety Alliance regarding a proposal to the NSW Police Force Firearm Registry Consultation Council on the issue of prescribed blood alcohol levels for the possession and use of a firearm.
AHPA signed the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Call for Action: Managing the Infodemic, a global movement to promote access to health information and to mitigate harm from health misinformation among online and offline communities.
AHPA have signed Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition, supporting an approach which places gender equality as the central goal of foreign policy, in recognition that gender equality is a predictor of peaceful and flourishing societies.
AHPA recently supported the Australian Society for Pyhsical Activity's (ASPA) Three Transport Priorities. ASPA are calling for support from individuals and organisations. For further information click here.
AHPA joined FARE and many other health groups in signing the Open letter: Put the health, wellbeing and safety of Australians first and abandon any plans to cut the price of alcohol.
To view the letter of support click here.
AHPA and PHAA Health Promotion and Illness Prevention Policy Position Statement (updated)
AHPA and PHAA are pleased to release their joint updated position statement. Useful for upcoming advocacy for health promotion!
AHPA endorsed the ACOSS-led sector statement A Guarantee to the Nation: Community Sector Call to all Parties that calls for politicians to commit to affordable essential services, better income supports and social housing, and climate action now. Read the 8 December media release and download the statement here.
AHPA joined over 35 health and medical groups including the Climate and Health Alliance in producing an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for the Federal Government to scale up international climate commitments to protect the health and wellbeing of Australians and Pacific Island neighbours. This letter comes after international negotiations that took place in Glasgow at COP26. A copy of the letter dated 26 November is available here.
As part of AHPA’s support of the Raise the Age campaign, AHPA signed the open letter from health organisations on the medical evidence for raising the age to at least 14. Read the letter dated 6 December here.
For more information click here.
AHPA signed the Community Sector Climate Change Declaration to call on the Australian federal government to commit to stronger targets and fair and inclusive policies to cut climate pollution this decade.
AHPA collaborated with the Obesity Policy Coalition and other public health and consumer organisations to express support for the following:
1) that public health remains front and centre of reforms to the food regulatory system
2) that the responsibility for Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is not moved to the Department of Agriculture
To view the letter of support click here.
A National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy is being developed as a part of the mental health reform agenda, opportunities to provide input will be forthcoming during 2022. For more information click here.
AHPA has been actively involved in climate advocacy, including: Provided comments on the Climate and Health Alliance’s draft update of the Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia 2021. This update integrates into the document the Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda which CAHA developed in 2020. The framework once again highlights the need for the health and wellbeing sector to play a greater role in addressing the health and societal impacts of climate change and calls for a greater focus on ecology and sustainability. Increased climate literacy and competencies for action are areas of particular interest for AHPA along with a greater focus on integration with other health strategies and frameworks and the prevention agenda.
In June, AHPA joined a consortium of health and consumer organisations to support the Obesity Policy Coalition’s Open Statement, which calls on the Australian Government to prioritise health over profits as they consider reforms to the food regulatory system. For more information click here.
The key message for Anti-Povery Week 2020 was: Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it. This is a message of hope and not despair. Never has it been truer that poverty can hurt us all as a society and as individuals, in the unexpected chaos of COVID-19 around the world. NSW&ACT Branch filmed a series of video interviews to explore these key messages and impact of COVID-19 on the sector.
Take some time to watch each of the insightful videos to learn from practitioners working across health promotion.
AHPA is a member and supporter of the Climate and Health Alliance. Earlier this year they conducted a survey about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our health sector members, and the implications it may have for climate advocacy. The key findings have been released.
AHPA made a submission to the National Preventive Health Strategy consultation identifying areas we thought were positive and issues that needed to be addressed more consistently and comprehensively. This included the need for a greater focus on the social determinants of health, the importance of the health promotion workforce and the impact of climate change and the need to embed action on the social determinants of health.
You can read our submission here.
22 September 2020
Climate change must be a central feature of any broad national health strategy. The World Health Organization has described climate change as the defining issue for public health in the 21st century, and it poses significant immediate, medium-term and long-term risks to the health of Australians and communities around the world.
The attached joint statement calls on the Health Minister to recognise climate change in the National Preventive Health Strategy, currently in development.
Please read more by reviewing the statement here
The Doctors for the Environment is rolling our 'No Time for Games' Campaign outside Parliament House on the 27.11.18. The campaign enables and encourages doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to take action through pledging support for four key recommendations. These recommendations address climate change and health, and particularly the health benefits for children and future generations.
Gemma Crawford, AHPA President has led a blog piece for Croakey on called "Ten ideas on careful stewardship for the public’s health: suggestions for making submissions".
The WA Legislative Council has launched an inquiry into “Personal Choice and Community Safety”, with a focus on public health initiatives involving government regulation. Submissions are due by October 5.
The authors of the article below have plenty of ideas on how to make an effective submission to this and other such inquiries, while also reminding us of why careful, evidence-informed stewardship is good for the public’s health. In addition to their article below, the authors have provided a #LongRead version, which will no doubt be of interest to many attending the Public Health Association of Australia’s conference in Cairns this week (See #AustPH2018 for more conference news).