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The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is recognised as the principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia and works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians. The Association seeks better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles.
PHAA is a national organisation comprising around 1900 individual members and representing over 40 professional groups concerned with the promotion of health at a population level.
Key roles of the organisation include capacity building, advocacy and the development of policy. Core to our work is an evidence base drawn from a wide range of members working in public health practice, research, administration and related fields who volunteer their time to inform policy, support advocacy and assist in capacity building within the sector. PHAA has been a key proponent of a preventive approach for better population health outcomes championing such policies and providing strong support for the Australian Government and for the Preventative Health Taskforce and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in their efforts to develop and strengthen research and actions in this area across Australia.
PHAA has Branches in every State and Territory and a wide range of Special Interest Groups. The Branches work with the National Office in providing policy advice, in organising seminars and public events and in mentoring public health professionals. This work is based on the agreed policies of the PHAA. Our Special Interest Groups provide specific expertise, peer review and professionalism in assisting the National Organisation to respond to issues and challenges as well as a close involvement in the development of policies. In addition to these groups the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (ANZJPH) draws on individuals from within PHAA who provide editorial advice, and review and edit the Journal.
In recent years PHAA has further developed its role in advocacy to achieve the best possible health outcomes for the community, both through working with all levels of Government and agencies, and promoting key policies and advocacy goals through the media, public events and other means.
Public health includes, but goes beyond the treatment of individuals to encompass health promotion, prevention of disease and disability, recovery and rehabilitation, and disability support. This framework, together with attention to the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, provides particular relevance to, and expertly informs the Association's role.
The PHAA Board consists of the President, the Vice-President (Policy), the Vice-President (Development), the Vice-President (Finance), the Vice-President (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander), the Executive Director and four Representative Members from the Branches & Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Board members are elected by and from the PHAA membership.
The Constitution of the Public Health Association of Australia, our sponsorship, co-badging and alliance protocols and annual reports are available here to download
The Public Health Association of Australia forms alliances with a range of peak bodies with the aim of further pursuing the betterment of public health in Australia. Current alliances and the role of PHAA within these alliances are listed below
In 1991 the Public Health Association of Australia put in place a trust named the Public Health Education and Research Trust (PHERT). The purpose of the trust is to advance medical and scientific research, with funds being applied to the recognition and engagement of the contribution made by people working in the field of public health.