AHPA and PHAA Health Promotion and Illness Prevention Policy Position Statement
AHPA and PHAA are developing a joint policy on promoting health and preventing illness and injury. Comments are welcome on the draft!
Dear AHPA and PHAA Members,
We are seeking your feedback on the draft Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) and the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Joint Health Promotion and Illness Prevention Policy Position Statement. View here
The PHAA and AHPA have come to together to draft a policy that clearly positions health promotion and illness prevention as key contributors to population health and wellbeing. Over the past few months a small working group of members from both agencies has been guiding the development of the draft joint Policy Position Statement.
It is intended that the Policy will be endorsed by both agencies' governing bodies in line with organisational conventions and once adopted can then be used to form the foundation to be used in arguing for greater investment in prevention.
A Background Paper commissioned in March 2018 by AHPA and PHAA has been used to draft the Prevention Policy. The Background Paper summarised the evidence for prevention including high level themes, key focus directions and issues for consideration and covered debates from a scan of recent articles and the grey literature in relation Health Promotion and Illness Prevention. Background Paper
These emerging themes and concepts were tested at the Prevention Policy Workshop convened following the PHAA Prevention Conference in Sydney, 4 May 2018. Workshops participants, a small group from diverse health promotion and public health backgrounds, provided feedback on the key issues, themes and the Background Paper and these comments were collated and used to draft the Policy Statement.
The Policy is intended to provoke and challenge governments at all levels to recognise the valuable contribution that health promotion and illness prevention has on population health and wellbeing; call on governments to set long term policy goals and strategic directions for prevention and seeks increased and sustained investment in health promotion and illness prevention. The Policy aims to be both ambitious in calling for change and at the same time offer more immediate achievable solutions that can be delivered quickly.
We look forward to hearing your ideas and comments.
Best wishes Michele Herriot and Carmel Williams
on behalf of the joint working group.