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Health promotion

Health promotion has been defined by the Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion in a Globalized World as "the process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health".[1] The primary means of health promotion occur through developing healthy public policy that addresses the prerequisites of health such as income, housing, food security, employment, and quality working conditions. More recent work has used the term Health in All Policies to refer to the actions to incorporate health into all public policies. There is a tendency among public health officials and governments—and this is especially the case in neoliberal nations such as Canada and the USA—to reduce health promotion to health education and social marketing focused on changing behavioral risk factors.[2]

Recent work in the UK (Delphi consultation exercise due to be published late 2009 by Royal Society of Public Health and the National Social Marketing Centre) on relationship between health promotion and social marketing has highlighted and reinforce the potential integrative nature of the approaches. While an independent review (NCC 'It's Our Health!' 2006) identified that some social marketing has in past adopted a narrow or limited approach, the UK has increasingly taken a lead in the discussion and developed a much more integrative and strategic approach[3] which adopts a holistic approach, integrating the learning from effective health promotion approaches with relevant learning from social marketing and other disciplines. A key finding from the Delphi consultation was the need to avoid unnecessary and arbitrary 'methods wars' and instead focus on the issue of 'utility' and harnessing the potential of learning from multiple disciplines and sources. Such an approach is arguably how health promotion has developed over the years pulling in learning from different sectors and disciplines to enhance and develop.


  • History 1
  • Workplace health promotion 2
  • Health promotion entities and projects by country 3
    • International and multinational 3.1
    • Australia 3.2
      • Health Promotion In Australian Schools 3.2.1
      • Health Promotion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Citizens 3.2.2
    • Canada 3.3
    • New Zealand 3.4
    • Sri Lanka 3.5
    • United Kingdom 3.6
    • United States 3.7
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7


The "first and best known" definition of health promotion, promulgated by the American Journal of Health Promotion since at least year 1986, is "the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health".[4][5] This definition was derived from the 1974 [6] Another predecessor of the definition was the 1979 Healthy People report of the Surgeon General of the United States,[4] which noted that health promotion "seeks the development of community and individual measures which can help... [people] to develop lifestyles that can maintain and enhance the state of well-being".[7]

At least two publications led to a "broad empowerment/environmental" definition of health promotion in the mid-1980s:[4]

  • In year 1984 the [8]
  • In 1986, Jake Epp, Canadian Minister of National Health and Welfare, released Achieving health for all: a framework for health promotion which also came to be known as the "Epp report".[4][9] This report defined the three "mechanisms" of health promotion as "self-care"; "mutual aid, or the actions people take to help each other cope"; and "healthy environments".[9]

The WHO, in collaboration with other organizations, has subsequently co-sponsored international conferences on health promotion as follows:

  • 1st International Conference on Health Promotion, Ottawa, 1986, which resulted in the "Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion".[10] According to the Ottawa Charter, health promotion:[10]
    • "is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy life-styles to well-being"
    • "aims at making... [political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioural and biological factors] favourable through advocacy for health"
    • "focuses on achieving equity in health"
    • "demands coordinated action by all concerned: by governments, by health and other social organizations.

Workplace health promotion

Work site health focus on the prevention and the intervention that reduce the health risks of the employee. The U.S. Public Health Service recently issued a report titled "Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General" which provides a comprehensive review of the available scientific evidence about the relationship between physical activity and an individual's health status. The report shows that over 60% of Americans are not regularly active and that 25% are not active at all. There is very strong evidence linking physical activity to numerous health improvements. Health promotion can be performed in various locations. Among the settings that have received special attention are the community, health care facilities, schools, and worksites.[11] Worksite health promotion, also known by terms such as "workplace health promotion," has been defined as "the combined efforts of employers, employees and society to improve the health and well-being of people at work".[12][13] WHO states that the workplace "has been established as one of the priority settings for health promotion into the 21st century" because it influences "physical, mental, economic and social well-being" and "offers an ideal setting and infrastructure to support the promotion of health of a large audience".[14]

Worksite health promotion programs (also called "workplace health promotion programs," "worksite wellness programs," or "workplace wellness programs") include exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation and stress management.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Regular physical activity is one of the most effective disease prevention behaviors." [15] Physical activity programs reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, reduce obesity (especially when combined with an improved diet), reduce risk of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes; and finally improve stamina, strength, and energy.

Reviews and meta-analyses published between 2005 and 2008 that examined the scientific literature on worksite health promotion programs include the following:

  • A review of 13 studies published through January 2004 showed "strong evidence... for an effect on dietary intake, inconclusive evidence for an effect on physical activity, and no evidence for an effect on health risk indicators".[16]
  • In the most recent of a series of updates to a review of "comprehensive health promotion and disease management programs at the worksite," Pelletier (2005) noted "positive clinical and cost outcomes" but also found declines in the number of relevant studies and their quality.[17]
  • A "meta-evaluation" of 56 studies published 1982–2005 found that worksite health promotion produced on average a decrease of 26.8% in sick leave absenteeism, a decrease of 26.1% in health costs, a decrease of 32% in workers’ compensation costs and disability management claims costs, and a cost-benefit ratio of 5.81.[18]
  • A meta-analysis of 46 studies published in 1970–2005 found moderate, statistically significant effects of work health promotion, especially exercise, on "work ability" and "overall well-being"; furthermore, "sickness absences seem to be reduced by activities promoting healthy lifestyle".[19]
  • A meta-analysis of 22 studies published 1997–2007 determined that workplace health promotion interventions led to "small" reductions in depression and anxiety.[20]
  • A review of 119 studies suggested that successful work site health-promotion programs have attributes such as: assessing employees' health needs and tailoring programs to meet those needs; attaining high participation rates; promoting self care; targeting several health issues simultaneously; and offering different types of activities (e.g., group sessions as well as print materials).[21]

Health promotion entities and projects by country

Worldwide, government agencies (such as non-governmental organizations have substantial efforts in the area of health promotion. Some of these entities and projects are:

International and multinational

The WHO and its Regional Offices such as the

  • Healthy Cities – WHO EURO Office
  • Health-EU Portal Health Prevention and Promotion in the EU
  • EuroHealthNet: The European Partnership for Improving Health, Equity and Well-Being

External links

  • Taylor RB, Ureda JR, Denham JW (1982). Health promotion: principles and clinical applications. Norwalk CT: Appleton-Century-Crofts.  
  • Dychtwald K (1986). Wellness and health promotion for the elderly. Rockville MD: Aspen Systems.  
  • Green LW, Lewis FM (1986). Measurement and evaluation in health education and health promotion. Palo Alto CA: Mayfield.  
  • Teague ML (1987). Health promotion programs: achieving high-level wellness in the later years. Indianapolis: Benchmark Press.  
  • Heckheimer E (1989). Health promotion of the elderly in the community. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.  
  • Fogel CI, Lauver D (1990). Sexual health promotion. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.  
  • Hawe P, Degeling D, Hall J (1990). Evaluating health promotion: a health worker's guide.  
  • Dines A, Cribb A (1993). Health promotion: concepts and practice. Blackwell Science.  
  • Downie RS, Tannahill C, Tannahill A (1996). Health promotion: models and values (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.  
  • Seedhouse, David (1997). Health promotion: philosophy, practice, and prejudice. New York: Wiley.  
  • Bracht NF (1999). Health promotion at the community level: new advances (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks: SAGE.  
  • Green LW, Kreuter MW (1999). Health promotion planning: an educational and ecological approach (3rd ed.). Mountain View CA: Mayfield.  
  • Mittelmark, M; Kickbusch, I; Rootman, I; Scriven, A and Tones, K. (2008) Health Promotion Encyclopedia of Public Health. London: Elsevier
  • Naidoo J, Wills J (2000). Health promotion: foundations for practice (2nd ed.). Baillière Tindall.  
  • DiClemente RJ, Crosby RA, Kegler MC (2002). Emerging theories in health promotion practice and research: strategies for improving public health. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  
  • O'Donnell MP (2002). Health promotion in the workplace (3rd ed.). Albany: Delmar Thomson Learning.  
  • Cox CC, American College of Sports Medicine (2003). ACSM's worksite health promotion manual: a guide to building and sustaining healthy worksites. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.  
  • Lucas K, Lloyd BB (2005). Health promotion: evidence and experience. SAGE.  
  • Bartholomew LK, Parcel GS, Kok G, Gottlieb NH (2006). Planning health promotion programs: an intervention mapping approach (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  
  • Edelman CL, Mandle CL (2006). Health promotion throughout the life span (6th ed.). St. Louis MO: Mosby Elsevier.  
  • Pender NJ, Murdaugh CL, Parsons MA (2006). Health promotion in nursing practice (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice Hall.  
  • Scriven A, Garman S (2007). Promoting Health: Global Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. paperback ISBN 1-4039-2137-7.  
  • Scriven A (2007). "Developing local alliance partnerships through community collaboration and participation". In Handsley, S.; Lloyd, C.E.; Douglas, J.; Earle, S.; Spurr, S.M. Policy and Practice in Promoting Public Health. London: SAGE.  
  • Scriven, A, ed. (2005). Health Promoting Practice: the contribution of nurses and Allied Health Professionals. Basingstoke: Palgrave.  
  • Scriven, A (2010). Promoting Health: a Practical Guide (6th ed.). Edinburgh: Balliere Tindall/ Elsivier.  
  • Leddy, Susan (2006). Health promotion: mobilizing strengths to enhance health, wellness, and well-being. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.  
  • Chenoweth DH (2007). Worksite health promotion (2nd ed.). Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.  
  • Cottrell RR, Girvan JT, McKenzie JF (2008). Principles & foundations of health promotion and education (4th ed.). San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings.  
  • Murray RB, Zentner JP, Yakimo R (2009). Health promotion strategies through the life span (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.  
  • McKenzie JE, Thackeray R, Neiger BL (2009). Planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs: a primer (5th ed.). San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings.  

Further reading

  1. ^ Participants at the 6th Global Conference on Health Promotion. The Bangkok Charter for health promotion in a globalized world. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2005 Aug 11. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  2. ^ Bunton R, Macdonald G. (2002). Health promotion: disciplines, diversity, and developments (2nd ed.). Routledge.  
  3. ^ Strategic Social Marketing in 'Social Marketing and Public Health' 2009 Oxford Press
  4. ^ a b c d e Minkler M (Spring 1989). "Health education, health promotion and the open society: an historical perspective". Health Educ Q 16 (1): 17–30.  
  5. ^ American Journal of Health Promotion. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  6. ^ Lalonde M. A new perspective on the health of Canadians. A working document. Ottawa: Government of Canada, 1974.
  7. ^ Healthy people: the Surgeon General's report on health promotion and disease prevention. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General, 1979. DHEW (PHS) Publication No. 79-55071. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  8. ^ a b "A discussion document on the concept and principles of health promotion" (PDF). Health Promot 1 (1): 73–6. May 1986.  
  9. ^ a b Epp J (1986). "Achieving health for all. A framework for health promotion" (PDF). Health Promot 1 (4): 419–28.  
  10. ^ a b The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. First International Conference on Health Promotion, Ottawa, 21 November 1986. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  11. ^ Tones K, Tilford S (2001). Health promotion: effectiveness, efficiency and equity (3rd ed.). Cheltenham UK: Nelson Thornes.  
  12. ^ European Network for Workplace Health Promotion. Workplace health promotion. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  13. ^ World Health Organization. Workplace health promotion. Benefits. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  14. ^ World Health Organization. Workplace health promotion. The workplace: a priority setting for health promotion. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  15. ^ Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and. "CDC - Workplace Health - Implementation - Physical Activity". Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  16. ^ Engbers LH, van Poppel MN, Chin A Paw MJ, van Mechelen W (July 2005). "Worksite health promotion programs with environmental changes: a systematic review". Am J Prev Med 29 (1): 61–70.  
  17. ^ Pelletier KR (October 2005). "A review and analysis of the clinical and cost-effectiveness studies of comprehensive health promotion and disease management programs at the worksite: update VI 2000–2004". J. Occup. Environ. Med. 47 (10): 1051–8.  
  18. ^ Chapman LS (2005). "Meta-evaluation of worksite health promotion economic return studies: 2005 update" (PDF). Am J Health Promot 19 (6): 1–11.  
  19. ^ Kuoppala J, Lamminpää A, Husman P (November 2008). "Work health promotion, job well-being, and sickness absences—a systematic review and meta-analysis". J. Occup. Environ. Med. 50 (11): 1216–27.  
  20. ^ Martin A, Sanderson K, Cocker F (January 2009). "Meta-analysis of the effects of health promotion intervention in the workplace on depression and anxiety symptoms". Scand J Work Environ Health 35 (1): 7–18.  
  21. ^ Goetzel RZ, Ozminkowski RJ (2008). "The health and cost benefits of work site health-promotion programs". Annu Rev Public Health 29: 303–23.  
  22. ^ Kickbusch I (March 2003). "The contribution of the World Health Organization to a new public health and health promotion" (PDF). Am J Public Health 93 (3): 383–8.  
  23. ^ World Health Organization, WHO campaigns.
  24. ^ International Union for Health Promotion and Education. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  25. ^ Cheung, Robin. Overall health and wellbeing deserves more than lip service. South China Morning Post 2007 Jul 7.
  26. ^
  27. ^ Australian Health Promotion Association. Providing knowledge, resources and perspective. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  28. ^ Cresswell, Adam. Plan for agency to prevent illness. The Australian 2008 Nov 7. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  29. ^ ACT Health Promotion. Online support for health promotion workers in the ACT. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  30. ^ About VicHealth. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  31. ^ "Healthy Active". A Healthy and Active Australia. Department of Health. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  32. ^ Health, Department of (2 April 2009). "Health Active". Get Set for Life - Habits for Healthy Kids. Australian Government. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  33. ^ Health, Department of (8 August 2014). "Healthy Active". Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program. Australian Government. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  34. ^ "Kitchen Garden Foundation". Kitchen Garden Foundation. Australian Government. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  35. ^ Health, Department of (12 August 2009). "Healthy Active". Healthy Spaces and Places. Australian Government. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  36. ^ Wise, Marilyn (19 November 2008). "Health Promotion in Australia". Reviewing the past and looking to the future.  
  37. ^ Marshall, BJ (2 March 2012). "School based health promotion across Australia". Journal of School Health.  
  38. ^ Angus, S (1997). "Global Health Promotion" (PDF). Promoting the Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People: Issues for the Future.  
  39. ^ Benzie, Robert. Obesity now on Ontario hit list — Health promotion minister's new job. Toronto Star 2005 Jul 14.
  40. ^ Ministry of Health Promotion Results-Based Plan 2009-10
  41. ^ Goar C. Conservatives axe health network. Toronto Star 2007 Nov 16. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  42. ^ BC Coalition for Health Promotion. Who we are. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  43. ^ Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  44. ^ Wise M, Signal L. (2000). "Health promotion development in Australia and New Zealand". Health Promot Int 15 (3): 237–248.  
  45. ^ Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand (2014). "HP Competencies". Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand. Retrieved 16/04/15. 
  46. ^ "Who we are | HPA - Health promotion agency". Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  47. ^ "How we work | HPA - Health promotion agency". Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  48. ^ "What we do | HPA - Health promotion agency". Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  49. ^ "Home | Health Workforce NZ". Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  50. ^ New Zealand Ministry of Health (3 February 2015). "Health Workforce New Zealand". New Zealand Ministry of Health. Retrieved 16/04/15. 
  51. ^ Wise, Marilyn; Signal, Louise (2000). "Health promotion development in Australia and New Zealand". Health Promotion International.  
  52. ^ Walton, Mat; Waiti, Jordan; Signal, Louise; Thomson, George (03/01/2010). "Identifying barriers to promoting healthy nutrition in New Zealand primary schools". Health Education Journal 69 (1): 84–94.  
  53. ^ Singal, Louise; Langford, Barbara; Quigley, Rob; Ward, Martin (2006). "Strengthening health, wellbeing and equity: Embedding policy-level HIA in New Zealand" (PDF). Social Policy Journal of New Zealand. Retrieved 16/04/15. 
  54. ^ Sri Lanka National Health Promotion Policy
  55. ^ Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland HSC About Us (accessed 23 January 2012)
  56. ^ Smith, Sandy. The CDC reorganization and its impact on NIOSH. EHS Today 2004 May 28. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  57. ^ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About CDC’s Coordinating Center for Health Promotion. 2008 Jul 2. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  58. ^ The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. What is Total Worker Health? Accessed 2012 Oct 25.
  59. ^ U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. About USACHPPM. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  60. ^ McQueen DV, Kickbusch I (2007). Health and modernity: the role of theory in health promotion. New York: Springer. p. 15.  
  61. ^ Wellness Council of America. WELCOA overview. Accessed 2009 Feb 4.
  62. ^ Hobart honored as state's first "well city." Wellness Council of America honors city for promoting safe workplaces. Post-Tribune (IN) 2000 Oct 16.
  63. ^ URAC announces accreditation standards for Comprehensive Wellness programs. Washington, D.C.: URAC, 2008 Nov 19. At Accessed 2009 Feb 4.


See also

  • The Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is an active component of the American Public Health Association.[60]
  • The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing offers the NCHEC, a competency-based tool used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists. The exam reflects the entry-level Sub-competencies of these Areas of Responsibility.
  • The Wellness Council of America is an industry trade group that supports workplace health promotion programs.[61][62]
  • URAC accredits comprehensive wellness programs "that focus on health promotion, chronic disease prevention and health risk reduction".[63]

Nongovernmental organizations in the U.S. concerned with health promotion include:

Government agencies in the U.S. concerned with health promotion include the following:

United States

In Northern Ireland, the government's Health Promotion Agency for Northern Ireland which was set up to "provide leadership, strategic direction and support, where possible, to all those involved in promoting health in Northern Ireland". The Health Promotion Agency for Northern Ireland was incorporated into the Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland in April 2009.[55]

  1. the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) leads and hosts the collaboration, and focuses on advocacy for health promotion and its workforce;
  2. The Institute of Health Promotion and Education (IHPE) works with the RSPH Royal Society for Public Health to give a voice to the workforce;
  3. the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) focuses on professional standards, education and training; and
  4. (4) the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) is responsible for regulation of the workforce.

The Royal Society for Public Health was formed in October 2008 by the merger of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (also known as the Royal Society of Health or RSH) and the Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH). Earlier, July 2005 saw the publication by the Department of Health and Welsh Assembly Government of Shaping the Future of Public Health: Promoting Health in the NHS. Following discussions with the Department of Health and Welsh Assembly Government officials, the Royal Society for Public Health and three national public health bodies agreed, in 2006, to work together to take forward the report's recommendations, working in partnership with other organisations. Accordingly:

United Kingdom

The development of the Sri Lankan National Health Promotion Policy is related to the State Policy and Strategy for Health and the Health Master Plan 2007–2016. It emphasises advocacy and empowerment to enable individuals and communities to take control of their own health, as well as improving the management of health promotion interventions across sectors.[54]

Although the life expectancy of Sri Lankan people has risen to 72 for male and 76 for female, the disease burden has started to shift towards non-communicable diseases related to lifestyle and environmental factors: the estimated “healthy life expectancy” at birth of all Sri Lanka population is 61.

Sri Lanka

Considerable progress has also been made in the health impact assessment (HIA) research on the impact of policies on health in New Zealand. The approach has an important contribution to make in the strengthening of health and wellbeing in policymaking in New Zealand[53]

Health promotion in New Zealand has become an established approach in addressing public problems since the 1980's, through increasing use of intersectoral action, the use of public policy and mass media as promotional strategies, and the increasing control Maori have taken over the provision and purchase of health promotion services.[51] An example of health promotional initiatives is the action put in place to reduce childhood obesity in primary schools. Research was completed to identify the barriers to improving school food environments and promoting healthy nutrition in primary schools in New Zealand.[52]

Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) is an organisation that is part of the National Health Board which provides national leadership on the development of the health workforce.[49] Some health promotional programs supported by HWNZ include education and training initiatives, and the Voluntary Bonding Scheme, which rewards medical, midwifery and nursing graduates who agree to work in hard-to-staff communities, and sonography, medical physicist and radiation therapy graduates who stay in New Zealand.[50]

HPA has a variety of programs based around many areas of work, including alcohol, immunisation, mental health, and skin cancer prevention. The agency aims to promote the wellbeing of individuals and encourage healthy lifestyles, prevent disease, illness and injury, enable environments that support health and wellbeing, and to reduce personal, economic and social harm.[48]

  • Promoting the wellbeing and health of the community
  • Enabling health promoting initiatives and environments
  • Informing the public on health promoting policies and practices [47]

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA), formed July 1, 2012, is a Crown institution that has been established under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2012. It's Board has been appointed by the Minister of Health.[46] The work of HPA is divided into three main areas:

The Health Promotion Forum (HPF) of New Zealand is the national umbrella organization of over 150 organisations committed to improving health.[43][44] HPF has worked with The Cancer Society in order to produce a personal development plan for health promoters, which may be helpful to inform personal development reviews, to identify the competencies of individuals and to provide ideas for future development.[45]

New Zealand

The BC Coalition for Health Promotion is "a grassroots, voluntary non-profit society dedicated to the advancement of health promotion in British Columbia".[42]

The Canadian Health Network was a "reliable, non-commercial source of online information about how to stay healthy and prevent disease" that was discontinued in 2007.[41]

The Ministry’s vision is to enable Ontarians to lead healthy, active lives and make the province a healthy, prosperous place to live, work, play, learn and visit. Ministry of Health Promotion sees that its fundamental goals are to promote and encourage Ontarians to make healthier choices at all ages and stages of life, to create healthy and supportive environments, lead the development of healthy public policy, and assist with embedding behaviours that promote health.[40]

The province of Ontario appointed a health promotion minister to lead its Ministry of Health Promotion in year 2005.[39]


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island citizens in Australia in the last couple of centuries have had poor health. The reason behind the poor health conditions is due to major events in the history of Australia, There is an increasing advancement in the promotion of health for Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal citizens, but this cannot be achieved without the co-operation of non-indigenous Australians. For this Health promotion to be a success the citizens of Australia need to put the history between non-indigenous and indigenous citizens behind them and co-operate as equals.[38]

Health Promotion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Citizens

School programs are based on curriculum documents from state and territory councils. Schools mainly focus on health issues that are being supported by funding and special events. Funding for many health issues are the main basis for school curriculum's health subject.[37]

Health Promotion In Australian Schools

Health Promotion is strong and well-established in Australia. Since 2008 there has been a number of graduate courses people can take to be involved within Health Promotion in Australia. The government since 2008 has included an initiative that involves the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island citizens in the preventive health sector.[36]

  • Get Set 4 Life - Habits for Healthy Kid[32]
  • The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program [33][34]
  • Healthy Spaces and Place [35]
  • Learning from Successful Community Obesity Initiative
  • Healthy Weight information and resources.

The Australian Health Promotion Association, a professional body, was incorporated in year 1988.[27] In November 2008, the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission released a paper recommending a national health promotion agency.[28] ACT Health of the Australian Capital Territory supports health promotion with funding and information dissemination.[29] The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) from the state of Victoria is "the world’s first health promotion foundation to be funded by a tax on tobacco. ".[30] The Australian Government has come up with some initiatives to help Australians achieve a healthy lifestyle.[31] These initiatives are:


The European Union is co-funding a Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle (JA-CHRODIS) with a strong focus on health promotion.[26]

The International Union for Health Promotion and Education, based in France, holds international, regional, and national conferences.[24][25]

[23].World AIDS Day and World Hepatitis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, World Immunization Week, World Blood Donor Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Health Day The main eight health promotion campaigns marked by WHO are [22]

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