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Department of Premier and Cabinet

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 AM 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, Executive Dean of the College of Health and Medicine 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?

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

  • hosting a series of forums and meetings aimed at stimulating cross sector action on the determinants of physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco control
  • holding a Health in All Policies forum in August 2019
  • raise awareness of and support for preventive health and communicate community views about health and wellbeing.

Find out more about the evidence for prevention and Health in All Policies.

The Tasmania Statement

On Wednesday 14 August 2019, the Council hosted two events: the Leaders’ Breakfast and the Health in All Policies forum.  Politicians from all parties, together with senior policy staff across state and local government, UTas, NGOs and community health groups attended the events.

At the Breakfast the Premier and Deputy Premier, along with Graeme Lynch AM, Chair of the Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council signed the Tasmania Statement – Working Together for the Health and Wellbeing of Tasmanians. This ‘statement of commitment’ describes the principles considered to be important for collaboration on long term solutions to address the social and economic factors that influence health.

The Statement commits us to:

  • Involving Tasmanians in our decisions.
  • Working together across government and with our communities on shared priorities.
  • Making decisions that benefit Tasmanians now and in the future.
  • Measuring if we are making a difference.

At the Forum, delegates discussed what the Statement means for them and their organisation, and ideas for bringing the Statement to life.