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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 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.

As a member of the Climate and Health Alliance we encourage you to support this campaign. To find out how you can be involved visit: or No Time For Games Flyer

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).

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AHPA is a supporter of the End Alcohol Advertising in Sport Campaign run by FARE. You can get involved in this campaign by sending a petition postcard to Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield,
Minister for Communications calling for removal of alcohol ads from TV screens, uniforms, change rooms and venues and alignment professional sports with healthy brands. Download the petition postcard today

In 2015 the Queensland government sought submissions on the establishment of a Queensland Health Promotion Commission.  The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) submission welcomed this opportunity and commented on the role, scope and strategic direction of the Commission.

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