Healthy Weight 2008 - Australia's Future - The National Action Agenda for children and young people and their families

Coordination and Capacity Building (including strategic management, operational coordination, infrastructure support, community and stakeholder strengthening, and professional development)

Page last updated: 04 July 2011

Outcomes sought

  • Enhanced focus, clear directions and comprehensive policies for the prevention of overweight and obesity across Australia.
  • Enhanced infrastructure and networking mechanisms for collaborative problem solving and sharing of resources across Australia.
  • Strengthened capacity of governments, Non-government organisations, industry, professionals and the community to promote healthy weight.

2004 Actions

Health sector leadership:

  • Develop and disseminate healthy weight resources to community members who are in a position to influence healthy eating and active living behaviours, such as parents, teachers, child care workers, health professionals, Indigenous leaders, sports managers, caterers, manufacturers and employers.
  • Establish a new national leadership development program for obesity prevention including strong Indigenous participation.
  • Support relevant professional networks that can assist in the dissemination of ‘good practice’, including specific assistance for Indigenous health, education and other sector workers.

Collaboration across sectors:

  • Seek the support, commitment and cooperation of all levels of government, the private sector, non-government organisations and the public for national crosssectoral action to tackle obesity.
  • Encourage and support key workers and organisations to lead by example as champions for healthy weight.