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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
  • partnering with UTAS and Healthy Tasmania to hold a Health in All Policies colloquium in July 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.