The Mitchell Institute at Victoria University leads the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC), an initiative that brings together over 50 leading health organisations and 70 chronic disease experts to drive progress in preventing and reducing chronic disease.

We translate the evidence of ‘what works’ to improve health outcomes in Australia, with particular attention to reducing the impacts of socioeconomic disadvantage on health and chronic diseases. We have a strong record of contributing to national public policy.

We also provide independent, evidence-informed leadership relevant to the work of governments and others, to inform a systemic, effective and sustained approach to the prevention and management of chronic diseases in Australia.

50 collaborators

Working together to reduce chronic disease.

Improving health outcomes

Translating evidence to improve health outcomes in Australia.

Policy advice

Providing independent, evidence-informed leadership to government.

What we do

We work through a nationally focused consensus-building process that brings together academics, clinicians, advocates and other experts.

We provide government, health services and professionals with clear and simple guidance on options for policy and practice strategies and initiatives to:

  • reduce preventable chronic conditions 
  • improve the treatment and management of established chronic conditions.

Analyse evidence

We analyse evidence & data to understand how our education & health systems perform & develop new approaches.

Support debate

We stimulate public discussion to increase understanding of the health & education challenges & opportunities.

Advise policymakers

We assist & advise policymakers to make better use of evidence in designing & implementing reform.


Key publications

 Australia's Health Tracker by Area, Mitchell Institute

Getting Australia's Health on Track

Getting Australia's Health on Track (2021, 2016) offers a national blueprint that includes 10 priority policy actions to significantly improve the health of Australians by 2025 to reduce preventable illness and disability. 

Being Equally Well

Being Equally Well (2021) was launched by the Federal Health Minister and provides a roadmap of recommendations for major improvements to primary healthcare services in Australia to stop people with serious mental illness from dying up to 23 years earlier than other Australians, primarily due to poor physical health. 

Australia's Health Tracker

Australia's Health Tracker 2019 and 2016 include a set of national report cards tracking the health risk factors in the Australian population that contribute to preventable chronic disease. 


Key foundational research

Two important publications provided a base for subsequent health research, which in turn informed several projects over the following years.

Chronic diseases in Australia: Blueprint for preventive action

Chronic Diseases in Australia: Blueprint for preventative action (2015) outlines principles, strategic priorities and action areas for improved population health in Australia.

Targets & indicators for chronic disease prevention in Australia

Targets & Indicators for Chronic Disease Prevention in Australia (2016 & 2019) proposes a set of national chronic disease targets and indicators to measure progress and enhance accountability for action.

Australia's Health Tracker

Australia's Health Tracker (2016 & 2019) is a set of national report cards tracking the health risk factors in the Australian population that contribute to preventable chronic diseases.

Getting Australia's Health on Track

The key research Getting Australia's Health on Track (2016 & 2021) presents 10 priority policy actions to get Australia on track to reach the 2025 targets and significantly reduce preventable illness and disability in the population. It informed:

Our method

We take the following steps to achieve our outcomes.


Bring together leading experts in the field to co-chair expert working groups.


Develop briefing papers & policy options related to each priority area, co-authored by expert working group.


Convene expert working groups, made up of health professionals, consumers, academics & policy experts.


Reach consensus with each expert working group on what policy options should be the top priorities for action.


Produce the final version of the publication & disseminate it to various stakeholders.


Inform & influence policy & practice.

Collaboration members

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