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.