Health promotion developments
Developments in health promotion and illness prevention
Moving the agenda forward will require support from all Australians: individuals, families, communities, health professionals, educational providers, employers, industry and all levels of government.
The last few years have been important for health promotion with attention focused on the prevention agenda by both the State and Commonwealth governments. This is in response to significant changes causing an increase in chronic disease. These include both demographic changes (growth and ageing of the population) and changes to lifestyles. The increase in chronic disease is having, and will continue to have, an impact on our health care system and prevention is seen by all levels of government as key.
The key policies related to health promotion all acknowledge that...
- other policies of government also impact on health – for example, planning, transport, environmental sustainability
- partnerships will be needed across all levels of government, non-government organisations, the health sector, business and the community itself if change is to be successful.