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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.


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 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 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.

AHPA seeks Expressions of Interest (EOI) from members to join the time-limited 2022 Election Advocacy Working Group. The Federal Election will occur on or before May 21 2022, and on behalf of our members, AHPA would like to ensure we influence the policy agenda and where required upskill our members in advocacy for health promotion. EOIs should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by COB 29 October 2021.

For more information click here.

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.

Australian Digital Health Strategy has launched a nationwide online survey as part of a wider process to define a new national strategy around digital health. 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.

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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.

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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

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