National Preventive Health Strategy – Consultation Paper

Informing the National Preventive Health Strategy

Preventive health is a key pillar of Australia’s Long Term National Health Plan.

As announced by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP in June 2019, the Australian Government is developing a 10-year National Preventive Health Strategy (the Strategy).

Due to the emergence of COVID-19, the development of the Strategy was paused. The Strategy will now be developed by March 2021.

A Consultation Paper has been developed, which draws on evidence from a range of sources. The Consultation Paper sets out what the Strategy will aim to achieve and conceptually how this might be done.

Feedback received on the Consultation Paper will be used to inform the development of the Strategy.

The Strategy will provide the overarching, long-term approach to prevention in Australia by building systemic change to ensure the best outcomes for all Australians. The Strategy will identify areas of focus for the next 10 years and outlines evidence-based approaches to underpin future priorities.

The Strategy will aim to help Australians improve their health at all stages of life, through early intervention, better information, and targeting risk factors and the broader causes of health and wellbeing.

The Strategy will recognise that health is not just the presence or absence of disease or injury – more holistically, it is a state of wellbeing. The Strategy will not be disease specific in its approach but rather, it will focus on system wide, evidence-based approaches to reducing poor health.

An Expert Steering Committee has been established to oversee the development of the Strategy. To date, a range of consultation has taken place including eight topic-specific consultation workshops and a national consumer survey ‘Living Well for Longer’. The Australian Government has partnered with the Sax Institute in developing the Consultation Paper.

For further information:

Click here to access the Consultation Paper and to answer the Consultation Questions.

Opening date: 28 August 2020

Closing date: 28 September 2020

If you are interested in contributing to an HSRAANZ response your views should be sent to Sarah Green at to  by 23 September 2020