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Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework 2017 to 2026

The Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework 2017 to 2026 sets a prevention-focused pathway for achieving improved health for all Queenslanders.

An important aim of any health system is to prevent disease and reduce illness so that people live long, healthy lives. Healthy behaviours such as not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and healthy food and drink choices reduce the risk factors for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases are preventable.

Goal

To increase the proportion of Queenslanders who adopt healthy behaviours and reduce unhealthy behaviours.

The framework provides for the identification, delivery and progress reporting of priority actions over the next 10 years. It supports the Department of Health’s strategic objectives – in particular, to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of current and future generations of Queenslanders.

The Department of Health will partner with other government agencies, community, industry and academic sectors in:

  • creating healthier places where people live, work, learn and play
  • empowering people with the knowledge, positive attitudes, motivation and skills to live healthy lives.

The framework focuses on the key modifiable behaviours of:

Individual strategies have been developed for these areas for the first 4 years.

Progress towards the achievement of ambitious 2020 and 2026 targets was reported in February 2018 in accordance with the Performance Measurement Strategy. This Performance Report 2016–17 describes the current status and progress against key indicators for the Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework 2017 to 2026, and identifies drivers of and barriers to implementation.

Healthy weight

About one third of Queensland adults and two thirds of children are currently in the healthy weight range. After decades of increases, the number of obese adults and children is beginning to slow and the Healthy Weight Strategy 2017 to 2020 builds on these gains.

Healthy food and drink, regular exercise, and a healthy weight all contribute to better health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and increase life expectancy.

Goal

Increase the proportion of Queenslanders who are of a healthy weight.

The strategy sets specific childhood and adult targets to increase healthy weight and reduce overweight and obesity. The Department of Health will partner with other government agencies, community, industry and academic sectors to:

  • improve healthy food and drink supply
  • increase physical activity opportunities
  • empower individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Smoking

The Smoking Prevention Strategy 2017 to 2020 builds on the success of current strategies and addresses new trends such as electronic cigarettes and non-cigarette forms of tobacco.

More people have quit smoking and Queensland now has more smoke-free homes and public places than ever before, however significant challenges remain. For the improved health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders, the smoke-free cultural change needs to be strengthened and sustained.

Goal

Reduce the proportion of Queenslanders who smoke.

A specific target to be achieved by 2020 of 157,000 fewer adults smoking daily has been set for smoking prevalence. The Department will partner with other government agencies, community, industry and academic sectors to:

  • reduce the proportion of smokers
  • prevent smoking uptake by young people
  • increase smoke-free environments.

Unsafe sun exposure

The Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy 2017 to 2020 seeks to increase the use of sun safe behaviours by Queensland adults and children to prevent sunburn and reduce the number of people who get skin cancer. Good sun safe behaviours established in childhood, and reinforced in teenage years, provide a strong foundation for lifelong skin cancer prevention.

Goal

To increase the proportion of Queenslanders that use sun protection.

The strategy sets specific childhood and adult targets to increase sun protection behaviours. The Department of Health will partner with other government agencies, community, industry and academic sectors to prevent sunburn and reduce skin cancer.

Performance measurement

The Performance Measurement Strategy 2017 to 2026 details 2020 and 2026 targets, and provides performance indicators of the short, medium, and long-term results in prevention for strategies implemented under the Framework.

Goal

To evaluative the effectiveness of the Department's preventive health investment.

The strategy will monitor the Department of Healths investment in preventive health to maximise effort and guide future investment. It will evaluate the overall performance of the Framework and individual strategies:

  • Overweight and Obesity Prevention Strategy 2016 to 2020
  • Smoking Prevention Strategy 2016 to 2020
  • Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy 2016 to 2020.
Last updated: 5 July 2018