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Media Statements

AHPA regularly publishes media statements (e.g. media releases, public statements) and provides comments to journalists that are published in various news articles and platforms.

A list of AHPA media statements from January 2023 onwards is provided below.

2024/25 Federal Budget Response - 17 May 2024

AHPA commends the Government on many of the initiatives funded in the federal budget which will positively affect health and wellbeing in Australia. However, along with other health organisations, AHPA expresses disappointment at the absence of health promotion, illness prevention, and equity commitments.

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Peace is a fundamental prerequisite to health - 14 December 2023

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) calls for an end to the hostilities in the Israel-Gaza crisis, for the preservation of life and action on the prerequisites for health.

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A message about the Referendum result - 14 October 2023

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA® ) stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and continue to provide our support for constitutional recognition of First Nations people in Australia.

The outcome of the referendum is a sad and disappointing result for recognition and equity and in realising the aspirations of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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Allies for Uluru call on Australians to vote ‘Yes’ - 9 October 2023

This coming Saturday, Australians will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in the Referendum to recognise First Peoples in our Constitution and establish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. Allies for Uluru, a 300 member strong cross-sector collaboration, calls on all Australians to accept the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk together for a better future, and vote ‘Yes’.

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Partnership with headspace to build health promotion capacity in the mental health workforce - 11 August 2023

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) is pleased to announce a partnership with headspace. The partnership is focused on building the health promotion capacity of the mental health workforce to deliver on the aims of the National Preventive Health Strategy 2021-2030.

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AHPA welcomes robust policy and community initiatives to reduce misinformation and disinformation on digital platforms - 19 July 2023

In this Croakey article, Join us for an online brainstorming session to envision a better way than Threads, Twitter et al, AHPA President Dr Gemma Crawford notes the significant impacts of misinformation and disinformation on public health and welcomes opportunities to contribute health promotion expertise to discussions and initiatives designed to reduce misinformation and disinformation on digital platforms.

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Health Promotion Workforce Registration Partnership with Wellbeing SA - 21 June 2023

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) is pleased to announce a partnership with Wellbeing SA.
The Health Promotion Workforce Registration Partnership will focus on supporting a pilot of staff from the
Health Promotion Team in Wellbeing SA to become registered under the global health promotion registration
system that AHPA administers in Australia on behalf of the International Union for Health Promotion and
Education (IUHPE).

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New Editorial Leadership Team for Health Promotion Journal of Australia (HPJA) - 13 June 2023

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Editor-in-Chief (EiC), Adjunct Associate Professor Carmel Williams to Australia’s leading journal for health promotion practice, policy and research, the Health Promotion Journal of Australia (HPJA). 

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Commitment to prevention and health promotion - 26 April 2023

In this Croakey piece, New health and aged care chief has a huge task ahead - so what are the priorities?, Dr Gemma Crawford, AHPA National President, and Rebecca Zosel, Executive Officer, note the importance of the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Aged Care having a commitment to prevention and health promotion.

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Funding cuts to health promotion will impact overburdened hospitals and healthcare services for decades - 16 April 2023

Hospitals and healthcare services play a vital role in our healthcare system – but it’s the community health promotion services that keep people out of them in the first place.

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) believes the Andrew’s Labor Government decision to cut ten percent of health promotion funding for community health services is irresponsible and shortsighted. While this might bring a small saving now – future generations will pay the price of poorer health and unsustainable health care expenditure.

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AHPA welcomes national firearm register as a necessary and overdue measure - 3 February 2023

Like many in the Australian community, AHPA is deeply concerned that despite bipartisan agreement, no state or territory government is fully compliant with the National Firearms Agreement which they all signed after Port Arthur in 1996 and renewed in 2017.

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Health leaders urge governments to step up COVID control - 26 January 2023

Prevention and equity should be core to Australia’s COVID-19 management plan for 2023.

AHPA President Dr Gemma Crawford and AHPA VIC-TAS Branch Co-President David Towl contributed to the conversation about Australia’s COVID-19 management plan in this Croakey article published on 26 January 2023: Health leaders urge governments to step up COVID control.

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Media Contact

Gemma Crawford

AHPA President

Email: national@healthpromotion.org.au

Phone: 1300 123 637

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