PHD Homepage

Population Health Division is committed to improving the health and well being of Australians and to reducing preventable mortality and morbidity caused by chronic disease.

Page last updated: 14 August 2014

We do this through evidence based promotion of healthy lifestyles, good nutrition and through the early detection of cancer and other lifestyle limiting conditions. This will increase Australians’ healthy life expectancy and improve their capacity to participate in society. For more information about the Division go to What we do and PHD’s Structure.

What do we do?

Population Health Division helps all Australians to stay healthy and live longer by helping them avoid illness or injury.

We do this through providing leadership and coordinating a range of national programs and initiatives designed to address the complex nature of population health problems.

The Division also provides advice and support to our Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary, supports a number of advisory bodies on preventive health and builds the evidence base through surveillance measures (for more details on surveillance visit the AIHW or ABS websites).

For more information go to What we do.

Other Divisions working on prevention

PHD’s focus is largely on health promotion, screening. Other divisions in the Department of Health and Ageing closely involved in preventive health include: the Office of Health Protection, the Primary and Mental Health Care Division, and the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Visit the Office of Health Protection's (OHP) website for information about:
  • Immunisation;
  • national health emergencies;
  • communicable disease;
  • chemical and biological risks;
  • natural disasters; and
  • health surveillance.
Visit the Primary and Mental Health Care Division) website for information about:
  • Mental health;
  • Indigenous substance use issues;
  • Suicide prevention;
  • Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund
Visit the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) website for more information about:
  • Closing the Gap: Tackling Chronic Disease
  • Petrol Sniffing Prevention Program
  • Improving access to primary health care
  • Improving the mental health of Indigenous Australians
  • Family Health and Wellbeing, including:
    • Early Childhood;
    • Healthy for Life Program;
    • Eye and Ear Health
    • Social Health and
    • Substance Use
  • National Indigenous Health Equality Council (NIHEC) Secretariat