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The National Health Priority Areas (NHPA) were established in response to the World Health Organization's global strategy Health for All by the year 2000. It was a collaboration between Commonwealth and State and Territory governments, non-government organisations, health experts, clinicians and consumers. It sought to focus public attention and health policy on those areas that were considered to contribute significantly to the burden of disease in Australia, and for which there was potential for health gain.

The 9 NHPAs

The NHPAs agreed by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council were:

Follow the link to each subject area for the latest information on it.

Further information on the NHPAs

For further information on these health areas visit:

NHPA publications

The AIHW released the following NHPA reports.

NHPA report on cardiovascular health: a report on heart, stroke and vascular disease, summary

Summarises the NHPA Report on Cardiovascular Health 1998, which updates the data and trends provided in the First Report of National Health Priority Areas, outlines the current status of cardiovascular health in Australia and proposes a framework for future collaborative action between all stakeholders. The summary and the full report may be bought as a set for $25.00.

NHPA report on mental health: a report focusing on depression 1998, summary

Summarises the 'NHPA report on mental health 1998: a report focusing on depression', which updates data and trends provided in the First Report on National Health Priority Areas, outlines the current status of mental health in Australia and proposes a framework for future collaborative action between all stakeholders.

NHPA report on diabetes mellitus 1998, summary

Summarises the NHPA Report on Diabetes Mellitus 1998, which provides information on data and trends, outlines the current status of diabetes mellitus in Australia, and proposes a framework for future collaborative action between all stakeholders.

NHPA report on diabetes mellitus 1998

Provides data and trends for diabetes, summarises the current status of diabetes activity in Australia and proposes a framework for future collaborative action between all stakeholders. This report on diabetes is one of a series of biennial reports to Australian Health Ministers on each of the five National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs). It is part of a process that involves various levels of government and draws on advice from non-government sources, with the primary goal of reducing the incidence and impact of diabetes in Australia.

NHPA report on cardiovascular health 1998: a report on heart, stroke and vascular disease

Updates the data and trends provided in the First Report on National Health Priority Areas, overviews current activity in cardiovascular health and proposes a framework for future collaborative action between all stakeholders. This report is one of a series of biennial reports to Australian Health Ministers on each of the five National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs). It is part of a process that involves various levels of government and draws on advice from non-government sources, with the primary goal of reducing the incidence and impact of heart, stroke and vascular disease in Australia.

NHPA report on mental health 1998: a report focusing on depression

Focuses on depression and builds on the data and trends provided in the First Report on National Health Priority Areas. It provides an overview of mental health, summarises the current status of mental health activity in Australia and proposes a framework for future collaborative action between all stakeholders. This is one in a series of biennial reports to Australian Health Ministers on each of the five National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs). It is part of a process that involves various levels of government and draws upon expert advice from non-government sources, with the primary goal of improving the health of Australians.

NHPA report on injury prevention and control 1997

Updates the data and trends provided in the First Report on National Health Priority Areas. This report provides an overview of progress in the field of injury and identifies opportunities for improving injury prevention and control.

NHPA report on cancer control 1997

The NHPA Report on Cancer Control 1997 updates the data and trends provided in the First Report on National Health Priority Areas 1996 for the priority cancers, summarises the current status of cancer control in Australia and proposes a framework for future collaborative action between all stakeholders. The report has been jointly published by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services and the AIHW.

First report on the national health priority areas, summary

Summary version of the First Report on National Health Priority Areas.

First report on the national health priority areas, full report

Focuses on the health of Australians by documenting progress towards goals and targets for the five priority areas of cardiovascular health, cancer control, injury prevention and control, mental health, and diabetes mellitus.