Healthy Weight for Adults and Older Australians

Key Themes

Page last updated: 21 July 2011

The actions in this Agenda have been selected following the results of extensive national consultations and a literature review. They have been assessed against:

  • the potential population impact of the action, defined as the product of the effect and the number of people affected; and
  • the level of certainty of achieving effects, given the available evidence.
The following themes underpin the actions presented in the Agenda. They are not listed in any order of priority:
  • Communication strategies — to increase community understanding about the serious health consequences of overweight and obesity and motivation to prevent weight gain.
  • Community action and community development — to engage people in local actions and build the capacity of local communities to make changes conducive to preventing weight gain.
  • Enhanced primary health care systems and services — with services and roles designed to address overweight and obesity.
  • Alignment of health sector initiatives — to ensure that initiatives to address overweight and obesity are integrated with other prevention programs where there are common goals.
  • Health workforce capacity — to build a health workforce with roles, skills and resources designed to address overweight and obesity.
  • Cross sector partnerships — to produce environmental and policy changes that support the prevention of weight gain at the population level (for example, transport, urban planning).
  • Public-private partnerships — in a range of initiatives, including food production and promotion, services related to weight management and physical activity.
  • Leadership and coordination — between all levels of government, non-government and industry groups.
  • Policy, regulatory and fiscal measures — to protect population health.
  • Monitoring and surveillance — a systematic surveillance approach is essential to understanding the problem and monitoring changes.
  • Research and evaluation — to build the body of knowledge about effective interventions.