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Annual Report - Major Achievements
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Major Achievements

  • Effective coordination of emergency health assistance for countries affected by the 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
  • Launch of the Australian Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza on 6 June 2005.
  • Launch of the National HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmissible Infections and Hepatitis C Strategies.
  • Implementation of the National Childhood Pneumococcal Vaccination Program and the National Pneumococcal Vaccination Program for Older Australians.
  • Negotiation and signing of the third Public Health Outcome Funding Agreements (PHOFAs) (2004-05 to 2008-09) and new Australian Immunisation Agreements (AIAs) by all State and Territory governments.
  • An ongoing, national focus on tobacco control initiatives resulting in smoking prevalence rates dropping to 17.4 per cent in 2004, compared to 19.5 per cent in 2001.
  • Implementation of the Prime Minister’s ‘Healthy and Active Australia Initiative’ including the national ‘Go for 2 & 5TM’ fruit and vegetable promotion campaign and the Healthy School Communities Grant Program.
  • Establishment of the Pacific Senior Health Officials Network.

Challenges

  • The development of the Biosecurity Surveillance System has required additional consultation with jurisdictions to ensure that it achieves wide acceptance.
  • The previous National Alcohol Strategy identified youth as a target population, however despite this focus, data from the Australian National Household Survey 2004 indicated youth drinking remains a problem.


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