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Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council

About us

The Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council (the Council) has been established to provide advice on cross-sector and collaborative approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians.  The Council’s vision is for Tasmania to be the healthiest population by 2025 and contributes to the Government’s Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan.

Who are we?

The Council is made up of diverse and highly experienced Tasmanians that have a strong interest in preventive health policy.

Council members are:

Mr Graeme Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of the Heart Foundation, Chair of the Council
Dr Verity Cleland, Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Deputy Chair
Professor Andrew Hills, Professor of Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania
Ms Caroline Wells, Chief Executive Officer of Diabetes Tasmania
Dr Katrena Stephenson, Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government Association of Tasmania
Professor Denise Fassett, Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Tasmania
Ms Kym Goodes, Chief Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Council of Social Services
Mr Phil Edmondson, Chief Executive Officer of Primary Health Tasmania
Dr Scott McKeown, Deputy Director of Public Health, Department of Health (Liaison Member)
Ms Mel Gray, Director Policy Division in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Liaison member).

What are we doing?

Because most of the factors that influence our health and wellbeing sit outside of the health sector (such as employment, education, transport, poverty, early childhood experiences, housing, planning, food security, and social inclusion), the Premier has established the Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council to provide advice on cross-sector and collaborative approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians.

The Council has an active work plan for the next 12 months which includes:

  • hosting an Active Living event in November with USA Professor Jim Sallis whose primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity
  • holding a conference in Feb/March 2019 on how to incorporate health and wellbeing considerations into decision-making across all sectors (“health in all policies”)

As part of this initial process we are conducting a mapping exercise to examine which policies, programs and initiatives are already in place which show cross sector action to influence health and wellbeing. The aim is to showcase and build upon these examples.