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Population Health Division is committed to improving the health and well being of Australians and to reducing preventable mortality and morbidity caused by chronic disease.

Page last updated: 22 October 2014

We do this through evidence based promotion of healthy lifestyles, good nutrition and through the early detection of cancer and other lifestyle limiting conditions. This will increase Australians’ healthy life expectancy and improve their capacity to participate in society. For more information about the Division go to What we do and PHD’s Structure.

What do we do?

Population Health Division helps all Australians to stay healthy and live longer by helping them avoid illness or injury.

We do this through providing leadership and coordinating a range of national programs and initiatives designed to address the complex nature of population health problems.

The Division also provides advice and support to our Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary, supports a number of advisory bodies on preventive health and builds the evidence base through surveillance measures (for more details on surveillance visit the AIHW or ABS websites).

For more information go to What we do.

Other Divisions working on prevention

PHD’s focus is largely on health promotion, screening. Other divisions in the Department of Health and Ageing closely involved in preventive health include: the Office of Health Protection, the Primary and Mental Health Care Division, and the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Visit the Office of Health Protection's (OHP) website for information about:
  • Immunisation;
  • national health emergencies;
  • communicable disease;
  • chemical and biological risks;
  • natural disasters; and
  • health surveillance.
Visit the Primary and Mental Health Care Division (PMHCD) website for information about:
The Indigenous and Rural Health Division is responsible for the Indigenous Australians' Health Programme

The following activities comprise the Programme:
  • Primary health care:
      Activities to improve the eye and ear health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

      Healthy for Life: Which aims to improve clinical care in Aboriginal community controlled health organisations, including in the areas of chronic disease and child and maternal health, through a continuous quality improvement framework.
  • Chronic Disease;
      Improving the access and quality of health services for people with chronic disease and supporting efforts to achieve health equality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.
  • Child and maternal health;
      The Australian Nurse Family Partnership Programme (ANFPP) and
      New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services (NDMB)
  • Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (Health)
      The Australian Government is providing enhanced access to services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in remote areas of the Northern Territory through the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory programme, which is led by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).

      The Department is improving access to health services as part of this initiative through the Stronger Futures in the National Partnership Agreement - Health