Preventive health

Almost half of all Australians have health conditions that could be prevented. Find out what we’re doing to provide supportive and healthier environments that protect Australians from disease and injury.

About preventive health

Find out what we’re doing to help Australians become and stay healthy.

Population health studies

See a list of population health studies we fund to inform policy.

Research funding

Learn about the research we fund to reduce chronic and complex conditions.

Population health data

Read about the health data we hold and use to develop policy.

Did you know?

13.8% of adults

were daily smokers in 2017–18

1 in 2

Australians have at least 1 of 8 common chronic conditions

1 in 2

adults don't meet the physical activity guidelines

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Time to get your flu vaccine

A statement by the Head of the interim Australian Centre for Disease Control Professor Paul Kelly.




National Bowel Cancer Screening Program – How to do the free test

Eligible Australians aged 45 to 74 can do the free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program test. When found early, nine out of ten cases can be treated successfully. So, do the free test as soon as you get it in the mail – it could save your life.