Additional Comments by the Australian Greens
Australian National Preventive Health Agency (Abolition) Bill 2014
The Australian National Preventative Health Agency was established to
focus on preventive health programs that specifically target lifestyle risk
factors, such as obesity, alcohol and tobacco use. The Agency has
successfully delivered national health prevention programs and played an
important role in co-ordinating research into preventative health initiatives.
At a time when greater investment and accountability in health care and
preventative health is critical, the Australian Greens are concerned that the
abolition of ANPHA and question whether the Commonwealth Department of Health
will be funded and capable of meeting the complex challenges of overseeing
national preventative health research and initiatives. The Greens are
also concerned that the Department of Health will not be able to expand the
work of ANPHA to include oral health and diet.
The Australian Greens share the concerns expressed by the Consumers
Health Forum of Australia and the Public Health Association of Australia that
the bill is too narrowly focused on immediate cost savings and that the minimal
savings the Government will reap from the abolition of ANPHA will be subsumed
by the rise of presentations of otherwise preventable chronic illnesses to the
health care system.
Senator Richard Di Natale
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