The National Preventative Health Taskforce was established in April 2008 and given the challenge to develop the National Preventative Health Strategy, focusing initially on obesity, tobacco and excessive consumption of alcohol. The Strategy is directed at primary prevention, and addresses all relevant arms of policy and all available points of leverage, in both the health and non-health sectors.
The Strategy is the outcome of a great deal of thinking, debate, evidence gathering and consultation across a wide range of Australians, from individuals and local communities to major organisations, corporations, NGOs and governments. This has been accompanied by international experience and evidence, as there are many countries from which we can learn a great deal.
The Taskforce acknowledges the work to date of governments at all levels, of individuals and groups leading community initiatives, of industries that want a healthier Australia, and of researchers and academics who seek to build our knowledge base.