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The Australian Health Promotion Association seeks to influence a broad range of public policies as they impact on population health.

On behalf of members, the AHPA Board and Branch Committees regularly provide formal and informal submissions, letters and statements on a variety of national and state/territory issues of relevance to our role in promoting good health, preventing illness and redressing inequities.

Our advice is underpinned by the evidence for effective health promotion policies and strategies and the needs of our members and all those working in the field of health promotion.

Often, AHPA collaborates with our partners on joint submissions.

Archived submissions are available on request.

Gemma Crawford, AHPA President has led a blog piece for Croakey on called "Ten ideas on careful stewardship for the public’s health: suggestions for making submissions". 

The WA Legislative Council has launched an inquiry into “Personal Choice and Community Safety”, with a focus on public health initiatives involving government regulation. Submissions are due by October 5.

The authors of the article below have plenty of ideas on how to make an effective submission to this and other such inquiries, while also reminding us of why careful, evidence-informed stewardship is good for the public’s health. In addition to their article below, the authors have provided a #LongRead version, which will no doubt be of interest to many attending the Public Health Association of Australia’s conference in Cairns this week (See #AustPH2018 for more conference news).

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AHPA is a supporter of the End Alcohol Advertising in Sport Campaign run by FARE. You can get involved in this campaign by sending a petition postcard to Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield,
Minister for Communications calling for removal of alcohol ads from TV screens, uniforms, change rooms and venues and alignment professional sports with healthy brands. Download the petition postcard today

AHPA has partnered with 13 other organisations to express our disappointment at Coca-Cola's decision to promote unhealthy products to children, especially those in areas where children are already at risk. Parent's Voice (@ParentsVoiceAU) campaigns manager Alice Pryor says: 'Coke's decision to partner with The Salvation Army is not out of the goodness of their corporate hearts , its about about disguising their marketing techniques' - we agree. The truck will end its journey at Sydney's Carols in the Domain where they are a major sponsor further expanding their reach. This is marketing unhealthy drinks to kids and it compromises good health. 

You can sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/StopCCTruck

And here is the letter http://bit.ly/2C7USSO

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In 2015 the Queensland government sought submissions on the establishment of a Queensland Health Promotion Commission.  The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) submission welcomed this opportunity and commented on the role, scope and strategic direction of the Commission.

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