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Tasmanian Health Plan

The Australian Government is supporting Tasmanians by investing in new mental health and primary care initiatives, new health infrastructure and new medical research that will mean real, on‑the‑ground benefits for all Tasmanians.


ACT Health Plan

People in Canberra and the surrounding region will have better access to health and medical services, when and where they need them, under the Australian Government’s new ACT Health Plan.


Victorian Health Plan

Across Victoria, the Australian Government is investing in a range of medical research, infrastructure, mental health and primary care initiatives that will mean real, on-the-ground health benefits for all Victorians.


Nudge vs Superbugs: a behavioural economics trial to reduce the overprescribing of antibiotics June 2018


Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Strategy: Phase three: 2010-2014

This document provides information for the primary health care research community and others about the PHCRED Strategy.


Comparable data on food and nutrient intake and physical measurements from the 1983, 1985 and 1995 national nutrition surveys

This report presents results from three national nutrition surveys that have been adjusted to improve data comparability. It is based on findings from a bridging study that was undertaken to assess and account for differences between the 1983 National Dietary Survey of Adults, the 1985 National Dietary Survey of Schoolchildren and the National Nutrition Survey 1995. Adjustments were made to all three sets of survey results to allow their use in dietary monitoring in Australia.


2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey - User Guide

The User Guide contains information relating to the 2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey, including the survey objectives, methods, design and content, as well as data processing and interpretation.


2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey - Main Findings

This report contains the main findings of the 2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey which was commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and the Australian Food and Grocery Council.


Providing culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Resource Kit

The resource kit providing strategies and training material to support staff in mainstream health services to provide culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


PHERP Review Reports

This page provides links to documents relevant to PHERP reviews and other relevant review reports.


The National Public Health Education Framework Project: Final Report 2002



Evaluation of short dietary questions from the 1995 National Nutrition Survey

Six of the short dietary questions used in the 1995 National Nutrition Survey were evaluated for relative validity both directly and indirectly and for consistency, by documenting the differences in mean intakes of foods and nutrients as measured on the 24-hour recall, between groups with different responses to the short questions.


Interim Evaluation of the Voluntary Folate Fortification Policy

Three strategies, singly or in combination for the primary prevention of Neural Tube Defects, are now in use in several countries. These include: fortification of foods with folate, promotion of periconceptional use of folate supplements, and promotion of diets high in natural sources of folate. Folate fortification is the preferred strategy in many countries because of its potential to reach the largest proportion of women of child-bearing age prior to conception, in doses thought to be effective. As yet, no systematic evaluations of the outcomes of national folate fortification programs have been published; these are early days.


Key Food and Nutrition Data for Australia 1990-1999

Eating habits are associated with the risk of a range of health problems and influence health and wellbeing at all stages of life. The potential benefits of healthy eating have long been promoted through development of dietary advice for Australians and other strategies to improve availability and consumption of a healthy range of foods.


Trends in Neural Tube Defects in Australia

In response to mounting evidence from observational studies and randomised trials of the benefits of periconceptional folic acid in reducing the risk of neural tube defects, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommended that women planning a pregnancy or likely to become pregnant should be offered advice about dietary folate and periconceptional folic acid supplementation. Subsequently an NHMRC Expert Panel on Folate Fortification recommended voluntary folate fortification of foods.


Community Attitudes to Palliative Care Issues 2003

This report provides benchmark data and information on what Australian people know and understand about palliative care.


Monitoring Food Habits in the Australian Population using Short Questions

There is a growing interest in assessing food habits and population nutrition by Commonwealth, state and territory health departments and by non-government and commercial organisations. This usually takes the form of special purpose surveys, or monitoring, where surveys using a similar design and dietary assessment methods are repeated over time. These have a broad range of objectives but frequently include short questions to assess food habits and breastfeeding practices.


The Bridging Study - comparing results from the 1983, 1985 and 1995 Australian national nutrition surveys

This report provides guidelines for comparing results from the 1983 National Dietary Survey, the 1985 National Dietary Survey of School children and the 1995 National Nutrition Survey. The principle finding of the study is that it is inappropriate to directly compare published results from the 1983 and 1985 surveys with those from the 1995 survey to assess trends in the food and nutrient intake of adults and children. Allowances are needed to account for differences in sample design, collection and processing practices, the food composition databases and changes in the demographic composition of the Australian population between these surveys. The bridging study findings enable the results from these three surveys to be used in dietary monitoring in Australia.


Getting it right: How to use the data from the 1995 National Nutrition Survey

This document provides a concise guide to the nature, limitations and appropriate interpretation and application of the dietary data available from the 1995 National Nutrition Survey (1995 NNS).


Falls prevention activities for older people: a national stocktake

A national review of falls prevention programs aimed at reducing falls and falls related injuries among older Australians.


National Medicines Policy Document

The National Medicines Policy - A partnership for better health outcomes