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24 Sep 2019

Health Minister Greg Hunt has established an Expert Steering Committee to help progress the Government’s 10-year National Preventive Health Strategy.

To be chaired by Health Department Deputy Secretary Dr Lisa Studdert, the Committee includes experts across the public health, research and health promotion fields.

The AMA will be represented on the Committee, along with two dozen other health focused organisations.

Mr Hunt said the Government’s strategy aims to help Australians improve their health at all stages of life, through early intervention, better information and targeting modifiable risk factors, and the broader causes of poor health.

“At its core, the strategy will provide clear and measurable proposals to empower Australians to take a proactive approach to their health and wellbeing,” the Minister said.

“The strategy is a key plank of Australia’s Long Term National Health Plan and will complement a range of national strategies and frameworks.”

The National Preventive Health Strategy will have a key focus on four key elements – cancer and chronic disease population screening (current and emerging opportunities); immunisation; nutrition and obesity; and public education and research.

“Furthermore, the Morrison Government has committed to reducing Australia’s smoking rates below 10 per cent by 2025,” Mr Hunt said.

“In the coming months, a wider consultation process with broader health experts, key stakeholders and consumers will ensure their views are heard and included in the development of the strategy.”

The Opposition welcomed the announcement of the Expert Steering Committee, but has criticised the Government for not including more representative groups on the panel.

“With just under half of all Australians having a chronic condition, there has never been a more important time to get preventive health policy right,” Shadow Health Minister Chris Bowen said.





Published: 24 Sep 2019