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

ACT Health has had a Healthy Food and Drink Choices Policy in operation since March 2014 to increase the types of healthy food and drinks available and promoted to staff, volunteers and visitors within ACT Health premises. The policy applies to all ACT health facilities and events such as meetings, functions, education sessions and fundraising activities.

For more information on the policy, refer to ACT Health Healthy Food and Drink Choices Policy.

A fact sheet outlining why ACT Health developed the Policy can be downloaded from Fact Sheet on the Background to the Policy.

Building on the ACT Health Healthy Food and Drink Choices Policy and in line with the ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative the following two ACT Public Sector policies have been developed to increase the availability of healthy food and drinks across the ACTPS.

For more information please email healthpromotion@act.gov.au or contact Health Promotion on (02) 6205 7382.

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.

The Mixing Bowl

The Mixing Bowl: Healthy Recipes for One or Two

In October 2012, ACT Health 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 healthpromotion@act.gov.au

The Mixing Bowl: Healthy Recipes for One or Two cookbook cover

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.

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Contact us

Email: healthpromotion@act.gov.au

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The Epidemiology Section provides timely and accurate information on the health of the ACT population, which 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.

The Epidemiology Section ensures that high quality data and statistics are readily available to inform public health policy and program decisions by engaging with health data users.  We provide leadership within the collection, analyses, dissemination and use of health statistics.

To facilitate easy access to up-to-date health information, we now provide web-based data display and statistical reporting via our website HealthStatsACT

2018 ACT Year 6 Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (ACTPANS)

Who is doing the survey?

The ACTPANS collects information about physical activity and nutrition behaviours, healthy weight status, attitudes to physical activity and general wellbeing of around 1,500 year six students across the ACT. The survey is administered by professional survey staff on behalf of ACT Health in the classroom setting. It has been conducted every three years since 2006.

Why is the survey being done?

The ongoing collection of information on children’s health status and behaviours is used to inform and refine public health programs and policies in the ACT. The results of this survey will also help us to plan and develop services that best meet the nutritional and physical activity needs to ensure better health outcomes for ACT children.

What does the survey involve?

The ACTPANS is made up of two parts:

  1. Year six students completing a self-administered questionnaire on a handheld electronic device (i.e. tablet). The questionnaire asks about:
    • eating patterns and food intake levels
    • physical activity and sedentary behaviour
    • attitudes to physical activity
    • general health and wellbeing
  2. Trained staff measuring height and weight of participating students in a private and confidential setting.

The ACTPANS has been approved by the ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee, the ACT Education Directorate and the Catholic Education Office. All students participating in the survey will remain anonymous. No school will be identified in the reporting of any results.

When is the survey happening?

The survey will be conducted in 28 schools across Canberra from term two of the school year (between April and July).

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please email HealthSurvey@act.gov.au. If you’d like information from the previous surveys please visit http://www.health.act.gov.au/research-publications/epidemiology-publications/focus-child-health.

Our work program

The Epidemiology Section work program includes:

  • Developing the biennial Chief Health Officer's (CHO) Report (a statutory requirement);
  • Conducting and commissioning surveys
  • Maintaining registers/collections of health conditions and events, such as the ACT Cancer Registry and the ACT Maternal and Perinatal Data Collection
  • Producing and disseminating epidemiological information on the health status of people in the ACT
  • Developing and building on data systems that collect population health information, including data linkage capabilities
  • Developing and reporting on population health performance indicators 
  • Participating in research activities and collaborations

Contact us

 Level 3/1 Moore St Civic ACT 2601GPO Box 825,
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: (02) 6205 2610
Fax: (02) 6244 4138
Email: healthinfo@act.gov.au