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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.

The Doctors for the Environment is rolling our 'No Time for Games' Campaign outside Parliament House on the 27.11.18. The campaign enables and encourages doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to take action through pledging support for four key recommendations. These recommendations address climate change and health, and particularly the health benefits for children and future generations.

As a member of the Climate and Health Alliance we encourage you to support this campaign. To find out how you can be involved visit: https://notimeforgames.dea.org.au/ or No Time For Games Flyer

AHPA is pleased to have joined the Australian Gun Safety Alliance 

The Alliance has the following objectives:
• Have all jurisdictions comply with the 2017 National Firearms Agreement
• Increase public awareness of the poor compliance by all governments and hold them to account for their non-compliance
• In order to bring understanding and change, contribute to a balanced public conversation about the importance of a strong gun safety framework.

There is a lot happening in this space. Here’s a recent update:
The Tasmania House of Assembly Select Committee on Firearms Legislation and Policy has advertised for submissions. 
The advertised Terms of Reference etc can be found here.

A submission will be made confirming  concerns about the process undertaken and also encouraging the Tasmanian government to set a high standard by fully complying with the NFA rather than considering watering it down. The closing date is Friday 26 October 2018.

Follow the Alliance on Twitter @AustGunSafety and  see the Alliance website for more information.

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

coke truck

 

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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