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On the 25th January 2024, AHPA provided a written submission to the Federal Treasury suggesting areas of focus for the forthcoming budget to support a healthy, equitable Australia. These are consistent with our asks as part of pre-budget submission in 2023 and areas outlined as part of our Health Promotion and Illness Prevention Policy .

AHPA’s key recommendations relate to resourcing to support the:

  • Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of, the National Preventive Health Strategy 2021-2030.

  • Progress of an Australian Centre for Disease Control with a strong focus on health promotion

  • Enhancing the Australian Health Promotion and Prevention Workforce

  • Action on the forces that shape health

AHPA also supports relevant public health and social policy recommendations of key organisations of which the Association is a member such as the Climate and Health Alliance, and the Australian Council of Social Services. This includes sufficient and long-term funding for effective implementation and evaluation of Australia’s first National Health and Climate Strategy, housing security, a fairer tax system and improvements in our social safety net.

Considering the Referendum outcome, we believe it is critical the Government ensure there is sustainable funding to support self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ensuring that the community-controlled sector receives funding directly to allow for initiatives to meet the needs of the community.

This submission was prepared by AHPA President, Melinda Edmunds.

Read the full submission here.

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