The Population Health Division manages public health issues within the ACT.
The Division is led by the Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly who holds responsibilities and delegations under various public health legislation.
The Office of the Chief Health Officer is responsible for providing public health advice and undertaking high level project and policy work on behalf of the Chief Health Officer.
The Population Health Division's functions are grouped into two sections, Health Improvement and Health Protection.
About Population Health
The Health Improvement Branch is responsible for improving the health and well being of the ACT population through promoting healthy behaviours and lifestyles and providing ongoing monitoring and evaluation of health programs and policy.
The Branch includes the ACT Cancer Registry, ACT Cervical Screening Program, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, the Health Promotion Grants Program, and Population Health Research and Evaluation.
The Health Protection Service performs a range of services associated with the prevention of, and timely response to, potential public health incidents.
This includes Communicable Disease and Infection Control, Pharmaceutical Services, Food Safety, Radiation Safety, Environmental Health and ACT Government Analytical Laboratory.
2015 ACT Health Sector Winter Plan
The Population Health Division has continued to work closely with ACT Medicare Local and both Canberra and Calvary Hospitals to undertake specific winter preparedness activities to assist the broader ACT health sector to effectively mitigate the risks and manage the consequences of winter outbreaks of infectious disease.
Towards Zero Growth Healthy Weight Action Plan
The ACT Government has set a target of zero growth for obesity in the ACT and the Healthy Weight Action Plan will guide our policies toward this goal. The proportion of children in the ACT who are overweight or obese is 25%.
For adults it has risen to 63.6%, from just 22.9% in 1995. As a result, a growing number of people are at risk of premature cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and a host of other conditions which can cost years of healthy life.
On top of the individual costs, the growth in obesity also puts added pressure on the health system as it responds to higher rates of major, preventable illness.
The Action Plan focuses on strategies that will make active and healthy lifestyle choices easier. The actions in the plan were developed through an extensive process carried out by a whole-of-government taskforce which included representatives from all ACT government directorates, key non-government and academic organisations with expertise in obesity as a public health issue.
Population Health Strategic Framework 2013-2015
The Population Health Division Strategic Framework establishes the role of the Division in the context of the work of other key players working in public health in the ACT The Framework sets strategic objectives for the Division to meet in improving the health of the ACT.
Population Health Research Strategy 2012 - 2015
In 2012, the Population Health Division (PHD) developed the first Population Health Research Strategy for the ACT.
The Strategy endeavoured to align with the overall strategic direction for health research in the ACT and the Strategic Framework for the Population Health Division.
The Population Health Research Strategy 2012 - 2015 aims to guide the research agenda for PHD and associated research partners.
The Strategy includes:
- identifying priorities and need;
- strengthening capacity of the ACT to engage in research activities;
- ensuring that the outcomes from research are transferred into health policy and programs; and
- monitoring and evaluating the success of the strategy in achieving population health outcomes.
Population Health Division produces a large number of publications and reports, including:
- The Chief Health Officer's Report which profiles the health and well-being of the ACT population, as required under Section 10 of the Public Health Act 1997.
- The Population Health bulletin which is published quarterly and each issue will have a theme and will highlight a particular body of work, a key function or an emerging topic of interest relating to population health in the ACT.
- Fact Sheets on a wide range of public health issues.
- Codes of Practice
- The Epidemiology Health Series
- In 2012 Population Health Division funded the development and pilot of a one day Questionnaire Design Course for ACT Health staff. The course was jointly developed by ACT Health and Dr Helen Jordan, University of Melbourne. The course is conducted regularly free of charge for ACT Health staff. The Questionnaire Planning Guide and Questionnaire Design Checklist are course materials, and available to download below.
- Other reports and publications
The Population Health Bulletin will be published quarterly and each issue will have a theme and will highlight a particular body of work, a key function or an emerging topic of interest relating to population health in the ACT.
We hope you find the ACT Population Health Bulletin informative.
Volume 4 Issue 2 – Emerging Infectious Diseases
Volume 4 Issue 1 – ACT Health Promotion Grants Program
Volume 3 Issue 4 - Tobacco Control in the ACT
Volume 3 Issue 3 - Sexual health and blood borne virus
Volume 3 Issue 2 - Food safety in the ACT
Volume 3 Issue 1 - Population health research and evaluation
Volume 2 Issue 4 - Obesity in the ACT
Volume 2 Issue 3 - Air Quality in the ACT
Volume 2 Issue 2 - Healthy Workers
Volume 2 Issue 1 - Population health data and monitoring
Volume 1 Issue 2 - Preparation for summer
Volume 1 Issue 1 - Emergency Management
For general enquires for Population Health matters phone (02) 6205 0883.