National Preventive Health Strategy

National Preventive Health Strategy

1 June 2021

Australia spends less on public health and preventive care than most other OECD countries. Peaking at 2.3% of recurrent expenditure on health in 2007-08, Australia’s prevention spending fell to 1.6% in 2017-18. Comparatively, most OECD countries spend between 2% and 4% of total health expenditure on prevention.

Much of the burden from chronic disease is preventable through reduced exposure to modifiable risk factors including tobacco use, obesity, alcohol and other drugs use, physical inactivity, sugar consumption, high blood pressure, abnormal blood fats (such as cholesterol) and high blood sugar.

National Preventive Health Strategy

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