Health Improvement

The Health Improvement Branch is responsible for improving the health and well being of the ACT population through promoting healthy behaviours and lifestyles and providing ongoing monitoring and evaluation of health programs and policy.

The Branch includes the ACT Cancer Registry, ACT Cervical Screening Program, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, the Health Promotion Grants Program and Population Health Research and Evaluation.

Healthy Food and Drink Choices Policy

The Healthy Food and Drink Choices Policy (the Policy) for ACT Health was released in March 2014 by the Director-General Dr Peggy Brown. The Policy will increase opportunities for staff, volunteers and visitors to make healthy food and drink choices.

The Policy details the types of food and drinks to be provided and promoted to ACT Health staff, volunteers and visitors at ACT Health facilities and events, such as meetings, functions, education sessions and fundraising activities.

A copy of ACT Health's Policy can be downloaded from the link below:

Healthy Food and Drink Choices Policy

A fact sheet outlining why ACT Health has developed the Policy can be downloaded from the link below:

Fact Sheet on the Background to the Policy

For more information please email or contact Health Promotion on (02) 6205 7382.

Physical Activity Strategic Framework

The Physical Activity Strategic Framework was endorsed by Katy Gallagher, Minister for Health in August 2012. The framework highlights the importance of physical activity in optimising health outcomes and the strategic priorities for ACT Health in relation to physical activity.

Physical Activity Strategic Framework

Resources to support your programs

There are a variety of resources available free of charge to support your programs to promote healthy lifestyles within the ACT community.
To order resources, please download the resource order form below and return via email or fax to the details on the form.
Please allow up to three weeks for your order to be filled.

Health Promotion resource order form Sep 2014

Health Promotion resource order form Sep 2014

The Mixing Bowl

  • The Mixing Bowl: Healthy Recipes for One or Two
    In October 2012, ACT Government Health Directorate in partnership with Australian Red Cross (ARC) developed "The Mixing Bowl: Healthy Recipes for One or Two..." This cookbook is a resource for the ARC FOODcents program. A PDF version of the cookbook is available below. For more information, please email
The Mixing Bowl: Healthy Recipes for One or Two cookbook cover

The Mixing Bowl: Healthy Recipes for One or Two

  • The Mixing Bowl: Healthy Recipes for 10 or More
    "The Mixing Bowl: Healthy Recipes for 10 or More..." cookbook has been developed by ACT Health’s Healthy Communities Initiative, funded by the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health, in partnership with Australian Red Cross. Designed to help community organisations working with some of Canberra’s most disadvantaged groups to prepare tasty and nutritionally balanced meals, The Mixing Bowl includes information on food budgeting, reducing food waste and tips on how to stretch recipes further.

The Mixing Bowl Healthy Recipes for 10 or More....  

  • Sample Conducting Cooking Workshops Manual
    Coming soon
  • Request for Nutrition Involvement form
    To request support for a community nutrition activity, please complete the "Request for Nutrition Involvement form" available here
  • FOODcents ® Training for Community Service or Health Workers
    Local FOODcents ® training details coming soon
    National FOODcents website.
  • FOODcents ® Advisor Resources (password protected)
    Coming soon

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Epidemiology Section

The Epidemiology Section provides timely and accurate information on the health of the ACT population, that assists in the development and evaluation of policies and interventions to improve health.

The Epidemiology Section also undertakes projects to examine emerging issues; provides advice and assistance relating to research and evaluation; and conducts research related to key public health issues.

Research related to key public health issues

Our research centres upon these key public health issues:

  • physical activity,
  • injury prevention in older people and cardiovascular disease, and
  • epidemiological analysis of population health data for the Population Health Division of ACT Health.

Our work program

The Epidemiology Section work program includes:

  • The biennial Chief Health Officer's (CHO) Report (a statutory requirement);
  • The production of regular reports on cancer, maternal and perinatal health, health status and health related behaviour in the ACT;
  • The conduct and commissioning of surveys on the health of specific population groups, for example children, young people and older people;
  • The management and analysis of a range of population health data sets;
  • The provision of advice and analytical services to organisations involved in public health promotion and program work both internal and external to the health portfolio.

Population Health survey data sets

The Epidemiology Section holds a wide range of population health survey data sets to support its analytical work, including:

  • ACT Deaths data
  • National Drug Strategy Household Survey data
  • ACT Component of the Australian Secondary Student Alcohol and Drug Survey
  • Childrens Health Survey data
  • Older Persons Health Survey data
  • 1995 and 2001 National Health Survey data
  • ACT Cancer Registry data
  • Maternal Perinatal Collection data
  • National Health Survey data
  • Childrens Health Survey data
  • Older Persons Health Survey data
  • Physical Activity Survey data


See these links to local, national and international healthcare organisations.


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Contact us

123 Carruthers Street
Curtin ACT 2605

GPO Box 825,
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: (02) 6205 2610
Fax: (02) 6244 4138