Australia's National Preventive Health Strategy has been under development since 2019 and represents a comprehensive, best-practice statement of the aims, principles and enablers for prevention policy and practice. It has been widely endorsed by public health organisations.
The strategy proposes that a 'blueprint for action' be developed, to mobilise the prevention system and leverage existing health infrastructure to meet the targets that have been stipulated. It is valuable, therefore, to review important (and often neglected) planning and administrative issues that will affect the strength of this implementation effort.
This paper outlines four areas of focus for implementation of the strategy: prevention management expertise; policy and and program specifications; regional workforce capacity, and enablers for evaluation.
It suggests the conjunction of heightened awareness about the societal importance of public health, and the arrival of the finalised National Preventive Health Strategy to catalyse and guide a greater investment in prevention, could bring about a rebalancing within Australia’s health system in the coming decade.