Public health advocacy
Engage-In research project
This project sought to develop a comprehensive understanding of how disability advocates could effectively support people with psychosocial disability who were living in or recently released from institutions, to gain access to relevant supports and resources, with a focus on accessing the NDIS.
Consumers Health Forum of Australia election platform 2022
The federal election will be held on 21 May 2022. The Consumers Health Forum of Australia has worked with their members and stakeholders to develop this election platform that sets out the commitments sought from the major political parties.
Threats to valuing diverse voices in public debates about disability. A case study from social media
This study aimed to highlight the threats that use of social media poses to valuing diverse voices and different kinds of expertise about disability in public debates by exploring how disability advocates responded on social media to the evidence presented by researchers to the Royal...
Reflecting poorly: health care in the U.S. compared to other high-income countries
No two countries are alike when it comes to organising and delivering health care for their people - creating an opportunity to learn about alternative approaches. The goal of this report is to compare the performance of health care systems of 11 high-income countries.
Community attitudes related to disability-based discrimination and social exclusion impact the health and wellbeing of people with disability. This report on the first national survey on attitudes toward people with disability in Australia includes responses from over 2000 participants.
Barriers and enablers in developing a COVID-19 policy response for people with disability in Australia
This report explores the barriers and enablers that led to the development of the Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability, the federal government’s national action plan for protecting people with disability during the pandemic.
Managing COVID-19 outbreaks in disability residential settings: lessons from Victoria's second wave
This study provides insights into the challenges experienced by managers and workers in Victorian disability residential settings in the second wave of Victoria’s COVID-19 pandemic.
Levelling up health for prosperity
This report outlines policy to make health improvement and the reduction of place-based health inequality a joint enterprise between local and national government.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: shining a light on social transformation
Australia has not made adequate progress in achieving rights for people with disability since the onset of demands within its community 60 years ago, according to this paper by researchers from the University of NSW Social Policy Research Centre.
Interview with Verity Firth: commercial interests and public health policy
Governments seeking to implement public health policy often face intense lobbying from industries vying to protect commercial interests. This article outlines some insights into ways in which governments can strike the right balance to deliver better health and social outcomes, and how public health advocates...
Here for health: ACON strategic plan 2019-2022
This strategy document outlines a path forward and shapes ACON's response to the changing health needs of people from sexuality and gender diverse communities.
What's the risk? Access to insurance for people living with health conditions
This report identifies the opportunity for further ongoing collaborative work between insurers and industry representatives, consumers and advocates, and government and regulatory bodies, to improve the insurance experiences of people living with health conditions.
Top 10 public health successes over the last 20 years
This report highlights some of the major public health success stories made in Australia in the past two decades, and the dramatic impact they have had on our health and wellbeing. The public health measures showcased in this report have prevented an extraordinary amount of...
My health record - briefing paper
This paper has been developed to educate people living with HIV, sex workers and people who use and inject drugs about the advantages/disadvantages of the electronic medical record system, My Health Record (MHR).
Australian gun laws
This chapter shows how and why Australian firearm legislation altered very little for 65 years, but changed dramatically in 12 days. It explains the ‘perfect storm’ of horror, outrage, law and leadership which forced policy reversal, and details the lightning legislative adjustments now held up...
Developing an alternative alcohol advertising complaint review system: lessons from a world-first public health advocacy initiative
This article argues that a public-health advocacy model to regulate alcohol advertising proves a success in WA and could be replicated elsewhere.
Shining a light behind closed doors
This report explores how legal services can better protect the human rights and dignity of people with mental illness and cognitive disabilities who have been detained for compulsory treatment.