Preventative health

Draft report

Tasmanian suicide prevention strategy 2023-2027: draft for consultation

This draft strategy outlines the Tasmanian government's plan for reducing suicide and suicidal distress, and for increasing access to connection and support for Tasmanians. The government recognises that effective suicide prevention requires a whole-of-community as well as a whole-of-government response.
Report

Tasmanian suicide prevention strategy 2023-2027: consultation summary report

This summary report outlines an evaluation of the consultation data that was received via an online survey, social media feedback, thought leader interviews and a series of community-based workshops, as part of the process of shaping Tasmania's next suicide prevention strategy.
Report

State of the nation in suicide prevention 2022

This report provides a snapshot of the sector, the state of the community and Australia's national policy platform. This year's report reveals that 70% of Australians have experienced elevated distress beyond their normal levels, compared with this time last year.
Briefing paper

Hospital treated self-harm: improved care through improved data

The authors of this paper argue that ensuring patients have a positive treatment experience and are connected with the supports they need to stay well, across community, outpatient and private health and psychosocial services, is essential to effectively managing self-harm and improving health outcomes.
Report

In their words: how to support young people in suicidal distress

Emergency department presentations for young people who have self-harmed or are experiencing suicidal ideation are on the increase. This report outlines better alternatives, including safe spaces with youth peer workers or a crisis support team that comes to the young person’s home.
Report

The relationship between health risk factors and the neighbourhood environment

Our neighbourhood environment influences our health by supporting or hindering our opportunities to engage in physical activity, access nutritious foods and commute to work. This report explores whether the selected factors in the neighbourhood environment are associated with socio-economic disadvantage and obesity, physical inactivity, insufficient...
Report

Reordering food options on delivery apps could help to reduce obesity

Obesity is one of the biggest health challenges in the United Kingdom. This paper explores whether reordering food options on delivery apps could help reduce obesity.
Report

Ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2021

This is the inaugural national report on the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults. The report brings together information on the prevalence of ear and hearing problems among Indigenous Australians, along with insights on key protective and risk...
Discussion paper

Developing the third Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, 2023-2027: consultation paper

The Tasmanian Department of Health is developing the next Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, on behalf of the Tasmanian government. The strategy, which will be the third of its kind, will set the vision and priorities for preventing suicide in the State for the next five...
Report

Investing in our future: building strong and resilient health systems in the Indo-Pacific region

Building strong and resilient health systems across the Indo-Pacific region will require the sustained support of development partners and donors for the foreseeable future. This report presents the findings and recommendations from a rapid desk-based review of the current status of health system strengthening in...
Report

National Partnership on Essential Vaccines: performance report 2020–21

This report provides an assessment of state and territory performance against the performance benchmarks outlined in the National Partnership on Essential Vaccines, for the assessment period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
Report

Connection to community

Connections to community are an important source of resilience for Indigenous Australians. This paper discusses several protective factors resulting from community connection that work to prevent suicide by strengthening resilience and increasing social and emotional wellbeing.
Report

Indigenous self-governance for mental health and suicide prevention

Through an examination of key issues, policies, frameworks, and programs, this paper provides a synthesis of relevant information on Indigenous self-governance in relation to mental health and suicide prevention.
Report

Indigenous mental health, housing and homelessness

In this paper, the authors examine the evidence of what works and does not work in mental health and suicide prevention programs and policy initiatives associated with housing and homelessness for Indigenous Australians.
Report

Protective and risk factors for suicide among Indigenous Australians

This report outlines protective and risk factors that contribute to suicide among Indigenous Australians and the existing data collections and methods used for measuring protective and risk factors for suicide.
Journal article

The economics of skin cancer prevention with implications for Australia and New Zealand: where are we now?

This overview presents the current ‘state of play’ of the economics of skin cancer prevention in Australia and New Zealand. The paper argues that primary prevention must remain high on the public health agenda.
Journal article

Effectiveness, compliance and application of sunscreen for solar ultraviolet radiation protection in Australia

This paper examines the benefits and risks of sunscreens, compliance requirements and how sunscreen should be used for optimal effectiveness.
Journal article

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks: sociodemographic characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors

This study aimed to quantify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare 'health check' claims in Australian adults, in relation to socio-demographic and health characteristics, including prior cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD risk factors.
Strategy

National obesity strategy 2022–2032

The National Obesity Strategy is a 10-year framework aimed at preventing, reducing and treating obesity in Australia. It focuses on prevention, but also includes actions to better support Australians who are living with obesity to live their healthiest lives.
Report

Health security in the Pacific: expert perspectives to guide health system strengthening

This report seeks to identify and prioritise health system strengthening initiatives that prevent impacts of health security threats and strengthen the ability to respond to these threats in the Pacific region.