Health Improvement

Health Improvement

We work to prevent or reduce the common risks that lead to long-term (chronic) conditions.

We provide services that help groups with special needs or those at risk of poor health outcomes and we support programs and activities that promote better health and wellbeing.

The Health Improvement Service has two teams:

  • Chronic Conditions Prevention
  • Healthy Communities

Chronic Conditions Prevention

The Chronic Conditions Prevention team provides advice and training based on the latest evidence, and works with others to develop programs and strategies to make a real difference to the lives of Tasmanians.

The team works on food security, infant and child nutrition, breastfeeding promotion, school programs, childcare and children and family centres.

They also help develop skills, knowledge, positive attitudes and capacity for other community and health workers to improve food and nutrition outcomes for children and families.

The team implements the Working in Health Promoting Ways guide and provides health literacy, tobacco, and nutrition and physical activity policies.

Healthy Communities

The Healthy Communities team develops strong productive partnerships with the Tasmanian community, including our schools.

They work to develop and promote healthy school and early childhood policy so Tasmanian children get off to the right start in life.

An example of this is the highly successful Move Well Eat Well programs in primary schools and early childhood centres.

The team also develops and provides Aboriginal health policy and cultural competency training. They also work with other vulnerable (at risk) populations like youth and address gender and sexuality issues.

Link to Healthy Communities page

February 2015