Taking Preventative Action

8.2 Timeline for Implementation of Preventative Health Activities 2011

Implementation Timeline In 2011

Implementation activity

Infrastructure

  • The Agency to develop preventative health workforce strategy.
  • The Agency to publish a report on the state of preventative health in Australia.
  • Data collection under the Australian Health Survey (nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease status) from April 2011.
  • The Agency, in conjunction with the NHMRC, to call for and award grants to the value of $4 million on activities able to translate research to policy and program design.
In primary care:
  • The first Medicare Locals will commence operation by mid-2011.

Obesity

  • Consideration of report of the National Review of Food Labelling and its recommendations in relation to front of pack labelling.
  • Public information campaigns will reinforce the importance of healthy lifestyles in reducing the risks of chronic disease.
  • Individuals in an additional 80 communities (total of 90) will be able to access healthy lifestyle programs through the Healthy Communities Initiative.
  • States and territories receive $66 million in facilitation payments to roll out healthy lifestyle programs in workplaces (Healthy Workers) and child care settings, pre-schools and schools (Healthy Children).
  • Framework for Healthy Communities launched, outlining standards, principles and registration system for programs and providers funded through the initiative. This will ensure effective and evidence-informed programs are rolled out. An organisation will be funded to manage the Framework.
  • Development of voluntary competitive benchmarking and nationally agreed standards for workplace based prevention programs.
  • Presentation of national awards for employers demonstrating excellence in workplace health promotion.
  • From July 2011, COAG Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Healthy Lifestyle workers employed in a further 20 regions around Australia (now 40 in total), commence training and begin to deliver healthy lifestyle programs in Indigenous communities.
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Smoking

  • Legislation drafted and introduced to mandate plain packaging for tobacco products.
  • $61 million National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health national anti-smoking social marketing campaign continues.
  • $27.8 million anti-smoking social marketing campaign continues to target high-risk and hard-to-reach groups, including pregnant women and their partners, people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, people from culturally and linguistically diverse background, people with mental illness and prisoners.
  • From July 2011, COAG Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Tackling Smoking measure workforce employed in a further 20 regions around Australia (now 40 in total) delivering smoking cessation support and regional anti-smoking campaigns.

Alcohol

  • $25 million National Binge Drinking Strategy Community Sponsorship Fund continues to provide an alternative to alcohol sponsorship for local community sporting and cultural organisations.
  • $20 million National Binge Drinking Strategy Community Level Initiative – funding rounds continue to support community driven initiatives to tackle the culture of binge drinking, particularly among young people.
  • $5 million National Binge Drinking Strategy enhancement of telephone counselling services continues and possible extension of social marketing.
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