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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (18 April) . . Page.. 1149 ..



Question No. 195

Health Advancement Services

Mr Berry - asked the Minister for Health and Community Care upon notice on 27 March 1996

In relation to the Health Advancement Services in the ACT -

(1) What themes and campaigns were run in (a) 1994-95 and (b) 1995-96?

(2) How much was allocated for each of those themes and campaigns in (a) 1994-95 and (b) 1995-96?

(3) How many staff were employed on these themes and campaigns in (a) 1994-95 and (b) 1995-96?

MRS CARNELL - the answer to the Member's question is:

(1) Since 1994 Health Advancement Services have functioned as the lead agency in running a number of health promotion themes and campaigns on behalf of the Department. They have also had a major role in developing programs for consultancy and training to build the capacity of other parts of the Department to develop health promotion outputs. These in turn have led to collaborative approaches to health promotion with service delivery areas.

Reflecting this approach, the Member's question needs to be answered by addressing not only examples of themes and campaigns which were specifically led by Health Advancement Services but also major areas of activity carried out in partnership projects. In turn, the answer needs to address the total budget and staffing of the section in the period under question.

Examples of themes or campaigns led by Health Advancement Services through a consultancy process include:

- the 'Promote Safe Food' campaign for school canteens

- the 'Food is the Key, Unlock Your Dance' campaign to address eating disorders among young dancers; and

- the 'Book into Health' campaign to inform the community about health resources available through the ACT Library Service collection

One of the largest collaborative programs throughout the period has been the Professional Development in Health Promotion Program - a range of seminars, short courses and action learning programs developed in direct liaison with the region's primary health care workers.

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