Latest news, events, and opinion from the Australian Health Policy Collaboration.
Leading health experts, organisations and policy leaders joined AHPC to launch Heart Health: the first step to Getting Australia's Health on Track in Canberra.
Heart Health calls for a national strategy to ensure screening of all high risk individuals nationally as cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of Australia’s biggest killers. It provides an implementation map for one of the ten priority policy actions proposed in AHPC’s Getting Australia’s Health on Track to reduce preventable illness and disability.
More than 80 organisations including the National Stroke Foundation, the National Heart Foundation, Cancer Council Australia and the Public Health Association of Australia met at a national forum in Melbourne to discuss strategies to combat preventable chronic diseases and drive national agenda for change.
Australia’s Health Tracker, launched at the Forum, shows increased rates of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and dangerously high levels of salt and sugar consumption in Australian adults.
The Forum’s key note speaker, Graham MacGregor, a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, has praised the work and urged that Australia follow the lead of the United Kingdom in sugar and salt reform.
Over 70 of Australia's chronic disease and population health experts took part in the Chronic diseases: the case for changing course policy forum, which looked at how to reorient Australia’s response to chronic disease from acute care towards disease prevention.
The forum, held at the State Library of Victoria commenced with a panel of speakers, including Professor Rob Moodie of the University of Melbourne, Dr Erin Lalor, CEO of the National Stroke Foundation, Victoria University’s Professor Maximilian de Courten and Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia. View their presentations.
Chronic diseases in Australia: Targets, indicators and accountability – Policy forum report 25 November 2015
At a forum on 25 November 2015, representatives from seven working groups and the broader public health sector came together to discuss chronic disease targets and indicators. The working groups covered the topics of mortality, morbidity and high risk populations; alcohol; salt; physical inactivity; tobacco; diabetes and obesity; and mental health. Attendees supported development of a prevention scorecard.
The Australian Health Policy Collaboration hosted a private roundtable with a select group of health experts and opinion leaders.
Key topics of the roundtable focused on how best to position Australia’s health services to manage the pressures of:
- increasing health expenditure and public funding of health care;
- hospital and health workforce;
- ageing population;
- escalating impact of chronic disease; and
- rising costs of health treatments and technologies that manage those chronic diseases and prolong life.
AHPC in the news
Helping young people with mental health issues find work, Michael Mackenzie, ABC Radio National – Afternoons, 9 December 2016.
Bolshie food industry hampering efforts to cut salt and sugar: expert, Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National Breakfast, 30 November 2016.
Prescription for a healthy Australia: cut salt levels, save thousands of lives, Rania Spooner, The Age, 28 November 2016.
Australia’s Health Tracker reveals huge health gaps between Sydney suburbs, Kate Aubusson, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 November 2016.
Wealthiest Aust postcodes the healthiest, Sarah Wiedersehn, Perth Now, 24 November 2016.
The wealthier you are, the healthier you are, health data shows, Julia Medew, The Age, 24 November 2016.
Health report shows Australians among the world’s fattest and have increasingly high blood pressure, Brigid O’Connell, The Herald Sun, 5 July 2016.
Our teenagers are on course to be inactive, unhealthy and unwell, Cayla Dengate, The Huffington Post, 5 July 2016.
Australian’s among the world’s fattest, Australia’s Health Tracker reveals, Ritwik Roy, The International Business Times, 5 July 2016.
Australia’s Health Tracker: worrying report card on chronic health issues – and government performance, Mary McIrney, Croakey, 5 July 2016.
New Heart Foundation report reveals high levels of obesity and physical inactivity in Melbourne’s west, Alesha Capone, Brimbank Leader, 13 May 2015.
Bigger than the both of us: Obesity is best tackled at a community level, Stephen Simpson and Rosemary Calder, The Age, The Brisbane Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, 24 April 2015.
The government is missing the point with its health pricing ideas, David Donaldson, The Mandarin,13 February 2015.
AHPC in the VU news
Obese children face decades of chronic yet preventable illness, VU News Media Release, 19 September 2017.
Dive in children’s bike sales points to physical inactivity crisis, VU News, 30 August 2017.
Australia’s Health Tracker by area news story: New wave of data has been added, VU News, 2 May 2017)
Launch of Australia’s Health Tracker by Area: Wealthier post codes are healthier post codes, AHPC / Victoria University Media Release, 24 November 2016
Obese, inactive and eating too much sugar, VU News, 5 July 2016.
Killer disease risks too high: AHPC report cards, VU News, 5 July 2016.
VU strengthens focus on health policy, VU News, 2 July 2015.
VU joins call for preventative action on chronic disease, VU News, 4 June 2015.
Health tracker: Where you live could be making your children fat, Chloe Booker, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 May 2017.
Health Tracker: Do you live in Victoria's fittest postcode?, Rania Spooner, The Age, 2 May 2017.
Two-thirds of Aussies don't exercise much, Sarah Wierdersehn, news.com.au, 2 May 2017.
AHPC Opinion piece, Rosemary Calder, James Dunbar and Hazel Fetherston, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 November 2016.
The ten things Australia needs to do to improve health, Rebecca Lindberg, Sharleen O’Reilly and Kevin Mc Namara, The Conversation, 28 November 2016.
Are these the best ways to get Australia’s health on track? Hazel Fetherston and Rosemary Calder, Croakey, 28 November 2016.
Why we need to be protected from making unhealthy choices, Rosemary Calder, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 November 2016.
Too much salt and sugar and not enough exercise – why Australians' health is lagging, Rebecca Lindberg, Rosemary Calder, Maximilian de Courten, The Conversation, 5 July 2016.
Australia’s new health tracker reveals weak progress towards NCD targets, Connor Rochford, Rosemary Calder, Rob Moodie, NCD Alliance Blog, 5 July 2016.
Opinion piece: Advance Australia Fair – Improving Health and Equity by 2025, Rosemary Calder, May 2016.
The Medical Journal of Australia. Australia making no progress to prevent obesity, alcohol harm: MJA report. Penny Tolhurst, Professor Rob Moodie, Jane Martin, 4 April 2016.
Opinion piece: Joining up physical and mental health, Maria Duggan, 4 March 2016.