About the Agency
EstablishmentThe Agency was established on 1 January 2011, following the commencement of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency Act 2010 on the same day. The Revised explanatory memorandum explains the aims and the operations of the Act.
The Agency is a statutory authority, in the Health and Ageing portfolio, responsible through its CEO to the Commonwealth Minister for Health. For financial purposes, the Agency operates under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) and for staffing purposes, under the Public Service Act 1999 (Public Service Act). The funding structure of the Agency was agreed with States and Territories through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.
The ANPHA Act also provides for the Health Minister to appoint an Advisory Council of up to 11 members comprising individuals with a breadth of experience and expertise, including members representing the States and Territories and the Commonwealth.
The Australian Government has established the Australian National Preventive Health Agency to strengthen Australia’s investment and infrastructure in preventive health.
Our VisionA healthy Australian society, where the promotion of health is embraced by every sector, valued by every individual, and includes everybody.
Our MissionTo be the catalyst for strategic partnerships, including the provision of technical advice and assistance to all levels of government and in all sectors, to promote health and reduce health risk and inequalities, and to initiate actions to promote health across the entire Australian community.
Strategic GoalsThe Agency has six high-level strategic goals which capture the scope of its activity and which will, through sustained attention and collaborative action, deliver the vision.
GOAL 1: HEALTHY PUBLIC POLICY
Promote and guide the development, application, integration and review of public, organisational and community-based prevention and health promotion policies.
GOAL 2: HEALTH RISK REDUCTION
Provide policy advice and program leadership to support the development, implementation, evaluation and scaling up of evidence-informed health promotion and health risk reduction strategies for population groups across the lifespan and in a range of settings, with an initial focus on obesity, tobacco and harmful alcohol consumption.
GOAL 3: KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
Drive the development of dynamic knowledge systems that enable evidence-informed policy and practice in prevention and health promotion across Australia.
GOAL 4: INFORMATION AND REPORTING
Guide improvements in national surveillance systems for prevention and health promotion and ensure that information on the progress of prevention and health promotion strategies is made readily available and regularly reported.
GOAL 5:CAPACITY BUILDING
Build broad and comprehensive prevention and health promotion capacity.
GOAL 6: ORGANISATIONAL EXCELLENCE
Establish ANPHA as an innovative, reliable, transparent and accountable organisation, highly regarded by governments, partners, staff and the community with a strong national identity.
BackgroundThe Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to establish the Agency in November 2008, as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (Prevention NP). The creation of a national preventive health agency was also recommended in the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission’s Report (released in July 2009) and in the final report of the National Preventative Health Taskforce (released in September 2009).
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