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Special Interest Groups

The Public Health Association of Australia has seventeen Special Interest Groups for members to meet with those who have similar interests and passions, to exchange information and to develop policy positions and papers.

To get involved with any of the SIG’s listed below become a member and  start contributing to policies and position papers, participate in advocacy activities, attend an event and share ideas or network on the discussion forum.

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health SIG

    The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group mission is to coordinate PHAA members interested in Aboriginal health issues, and utilise their knowledge and skills to respond to relevant policies and events to advocate for effective changes in policy that impact on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs SIG

    The objectives of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Special Interest Group is to: Provide a focal point for discussion of and action on alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues; Support advocacy, networking and collaboration on alcohol, tobacco and drug issues; Ensure that action on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are represented in the activities of the Public Health Association of Australia

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  • Child Health SIG

    The objectives of the Child Health Special Interest Group are to: Provide a focal point for discussion of and action on child health issues; Provide a formal vehicle for networking, advocacy and collaboration in public health nutrition;
    Promote development of a framework for education and professional development of public health workers interested in child health, and; Ensure that child health is represented in the affairs of the Public Health Association of Australia.

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  • Complementary Medicine - Evidence, Research & Policy SIG

    The Complementary Medicine - Evidence, Research & Policy SIG aims to provide leadership for the emerging subfield of public health scholarship in complementary medicine use, practice and policy. The SIGs objective is to encourage and conduct rigorous critical public health scholarship and debate focused upon complementary medicine use, practice and policy. The SIG continues to develop research capacity in the public health field of complementary medicine.

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  • Ecology & Environment SIG

    The aim of the Ecology and Environment SIG is to help create a fair, ecologically sustainable, health promoting humane society in Australia and around the world through strong advocacy and collaborative partnerships.

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  • Food & Nutrition SIG

    The objectives of the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group are to: Provide a focal point for discussion of and action on public health food and nutrition issues; Provide a formal vehicle for networking, advocacy and collaboration in public health nutrition; Promote development of a framework for education and professional development of public health workers interested in public health nutrition, and; Ensure that public health nutrition is represented in the affairs of the Public Health Association of Australia.

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  • Health Promotion SIG

    The Health Promotion SIG focuses on issues related to education, prevention, and health promotion across a broad range of areas impacting on public health.

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  • Immunisation SIG

    The Immunisation SIG aims to advocate for appropriate policy change which will strengthen Australia’s vaccination programme; provide expert input into areas which require further exploration, research and focus; and to ensure that the most vulnerable groups suffering high communicable disease burden continue to receive attention.

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  • Injury Prevention SIG

    The Injury Prevention SIG brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Injury prevention is a significant issue in Australia. Injuries are preventable through: access to good information about the circumstances of the injury; provision of evidence based programs; targeting those who have responsibility for safety; and effective policy.

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  • International Health SIG

    The International Health SIG was formed to focus on global health issues and health issues that impact developing countries especially in the Asia Pacific Region. The objectives of the IH SIG are to promote understanding, dialogue and advocacy around global health issues especially those that impact developing countries and vulnerable populations.

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  • Justice Health SIG

    The Justice Health SIG's aim is working within a human rights framework, to improve the health of those who come into contact with the criminal justice system through the promotion of high quality, ethical research; effective advocacy and meaningful translation of evidence into policy and practise.

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  • Mental Health SIG

    The Mental Health SIG aims to take a population, rather than individual approach to advocating for mental health promotion and the prevention, treatment and management of mental disorders. At the same time, we recognise that certain populations are at greater risk of poor mental health and require more targeted support and advocacy. The Mental Health SIG committee, along with our members, responds to emerging and ongoing issues relevant to mental health primarily through generating evidence-based position and policy statements, submissions and supporting the work of other organisations.

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  • One Health SIG

    The One Health SIG aims to support policy and strategy development and implementation leading to an increased use of one health approach wherever possible by those providing services and support to the environment, animal and human health sectors. 

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  • Oral Health SIG

    The Oral health SIG assists the PHAA to periodically update its Oral Health Policy and advocate for the policy’s key messages; network with representatives of other NGOs and professional bodies to promote greater public awareness of oral health issues and opportunities for reform; links with other organisations to form coalitions of interested parties for advocating for inter alia, fluoridation and greater equity in oral health care.

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  • Political Economy of Health SIG

    The political economy of health deals with the political and economic determinants of population health including both the promotive influences and the risks. It deals also with the public health strategies required to engage with those determinants, to cultivate the promotive relations and to manage the risks. The PEH SIG of PHAA provides a space for sharing, support and learning for PHAA members with an interest in the political economy of health. The PEH SIH contributes to PHAA's policy development and advocacy in relation to public health issues where a political economy perspective can add value.

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  • Primary Health Care SIG

    The Primary Health Care SIGs objectives are to: Facilitate the preparation and delivery of periodic seminars and workshops, discussion/issues papers and conference papers for members and other stakeholders; Participate in the development of primary health care policy in Australia and overseas; Contribute to the gathering of an evidence base to inform and improve primary health care in Australia to inform and aid best practice nationally; Develop PHAA policies to support primary health care in Australia; Collaborate with other stakeholders to advance our aims.

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  • Women's Health SIG

    The Women's Health SIG aims to influence policy development to advance women's health and the public health research that informs policy and programs. We promote understanding of the social model of health and how gender determines health. Using human rights and feminist approaches, we advocate for improving women's health in Australia, as well as working to promote women's health globally, often with other PHAA SIGs. A feminist and human rights approach recognises that women may experience injustice based on their sex/gender, and that these injustices may also occur on a systemic level through public policy processes.

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