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We invite you to take a break and read a wide-ranging wrap of the latest news on the climate crisis and health. Dr Amy Coopes reports on a new survey of Australian healthcare workers, a tool for healthcare institutions to assess their greenhouse gas footprint, the carbon footprint of cataract surgery, and an urgent call for global action by more than 200 of the world’s leading health and medical journals.
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Our News and Events

2021 Local Government Policy Awards - Applications close Friday 24 September
Children ∙ Health ∙ Environment

Do you work in the local government sector?
With applications closing Friday 24th September, there is still time to submit yours for the 2021 Local Government Policy Awards!

The awards provide Local Governments with an opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for their efforts in promoting child health and wellbeing through the implementation of innovative projects and programs supported by strong public health policy.

Local Governments are invited to submit in the following categories
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child & Young Persons Health
  • Diversity, Inclusion or Multicultural Child & Young Persons Health
  • Consulting with Children
  • Young People Making a Difference in Communities
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People
  • COVID Recovery and Response for Children and Young People
  • Creating Healthy Environments for Children and Young People
  • Promoting Healthy Behaviours for Children and Young People
  • Trailblazers Award
Start your application today by clicking here. If you have any questions or need help with your entry - please contact the PHAI project team.

We look forward to reading about the wonderful projects happening out there!
Video to celebrate a decade of Local Government Children's Policy Awards
PHAI has produced a five minute video to celebrate a decade of the Local Government Children’s Policy Awards. This video outlines a brief history of the awards and includes interviews with the Mayor of Wanneroo, Tracey Roberts who outlines the benefits of the Awards, and Colin Petitt the Commissioner for Children and Young People about the importance of providing health and wellbeing options and policies for young people.
You can view the video by clicking on the image below.
The #endingtrachoma team is all set to roll out the 'Healthy Housing' Training starting next week. Each two day workshop is aimed at Aboriginal Environmental Health, and Housing Sectors to upskill them on links between risk factors in the home and disease prevention. The training runs from September to October and is being held in Kununurra next week, then onto Broome, Geraldton, Newman and finishing up in Kalgoorlie. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you in the next Enews!
Farewell Nikki
After 9 years and 10 months with PHAI, sadly the time has come for me to say “Farewell”. It has been an honour and a privilege to work with so many amazing Public Health advocates who are passionate and determined in all they do for Public Health.
From the Direction of Professor Mike Daube, to Dr Melissa Stoneham and more recently Associate Professor Christina Pollard, I’ve learned so much and will be forever grateful for all that I’ve experienced during my time with PHAI. I am excited to begin my new role at Telethon Kids Institute. So I say to all I’ve met along the way, this is not so much "Goodbye" but more, "I'll see you round".
Nikki xx

Public Health Sector Updates


R U OK? inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with life. You don't need to be an expert to reach out - just a good friend and a great listener.

Use these four steps and have a conversation that could change a life:

1. Ask R U OK?
2. Listen
3. Encourage action
4. Check in

Call for Abstracts:
As we continue to be faced by global challenges such as climate change and COVID-19, it is now more important than ever to develop a health promotion workforce that has the capacity to address complex public health problems. Health promotion academics have an important role to play in educating the next generation of skilled, knowledgeable and agile health promotion practitioners who will play a vital role in promoting the health of populations. Please refer to the Author Guidelines for details about authorship guidelines, including manuscript categories and requirements. On behalf of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, we look forward to hearing from you via email at by 15 October 2021.
Call for Abstracts:
The Public Health Association Australia warmly encourages you to lock the date in your diaries to join them for the virtual Food Futures Conference  - Wednesday 16 March to Thursday 17 March 2022. Abstract submission closes on Sunday 19 September 2021, at 11:59pm AEST. For more information click here for the flyer.
Make Smoking History Campaign "Sponge"
On Friday 27 August 2021, Make Smoking History aired the state-wide campaign ‘Sponge’. In the campaign, a sponge is used to demonstrate the amount of cancer-producing tar which goes into the lungs of a pack-a-day a smoker over the course of one year. A pair of hands wrings out the tar-blackened sponge as it flows into a beaker. People are encouraged to visit to kick the habit. For more information about the Make Smoking History campaign or resources to help your clients to quit, email
2021 WA Falls Report and Improve your Health Campaign: Injury Matters
Injury Matters has launched the third annual Western Australian Falls Report alongside the latest Stay On Your Feet® campaign, Improve Your Health. The annual WA Falls Report highlights the significant incidence of falls-related fatalities, hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in the state. To read the report click here.

Public Health News and Research

Innovative research explores responses to COVID-19 among Indigenous communities in Brisbane. An innovative new study is using systems thinking to map responses to COVID-19 among Indigenous communities in Brisbane, report researchers from the University of Queensland.

Time to end virtue signalling for young people in health. In this year’s Budget, the Federal Government announced “the largest single mental health and suicide prevention Commonwealth investment in Australia’s history”, investing $2.3 billion to deliver structural reform and real change for Australians. But, as with the early rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, it has not addressed many of the barriers to access, particularly for young people.

Parks are about promoting everyone's public health - not just boosting homeowners' property value. The COVID-19 pandemic put a lot of attention on the role of parks and green spaces — particularly in large cities. But, not all of this attention has been positive.

New mental health roadmap to stop the 23 year death gap. A new report from 60 leading Australian health experts recommends major improvements to primary healthcare services in Australia to stop people with serious mental illnesses from dying between 14 and 23 years earlier than other Australians.
Single-use plastics banned in Queensland from today. The deadline is here for Queensland, who are now not allowed to use single-use plastic. The ban has officially come into place from September 1 in an effort to clean up the beaches and protect the environment.
Free school lunch trial gets five-star reviews from parents, students and teachers. A trial to swap lunch boxes for hot, sit-down meals at Tasmanian schools found more than 90 per cent of parents were in favour of the move.
Tasmania has a reputation for being clean and green, but experts are worried about its rivers. Alongside the banks of the South Esk are forestry plantations, farms, fish hatcheries and mining operations. Data from years of monitoring shows the river is significantly impaired, and in the dry summer of 2019-20 it temporarily stopped flowing.
Advocating for public health initiatives?
Here are some tips that may assist with your advocating efforts:
  • Write a letter to your local politicians
  • Meet with your local politician
  • Write to a media outlet or editor of a local paper
  • Write to a blog
  • Tweet or share on social media
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