3.03 Health promotion

This measure reports on interventions provided by health professionals, and health promotion initiatives.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on interventions provided by clinicians and health promotion initiatives funded by governments and provided by a range of health professionals. Indigenous Australians experience higher levels of morbidity and mortality from potentially avoidable conditions than other Australians (AHMAC 2017). Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and improve their health as a result (WHO 2005). Health promotion includes: public policy interventions (for example, packaging of cigarettes, seat belt laws); information to support healthy lifestyles (for example, smoking, alcohol and drug use, physical activity and diet); social marketing (for example, sunscreen use); and mass media campaigns (for example, drink‑driving, road safety) (AHMAC 2015).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health Survey
  • Health Expenditure Database
  • Online Services Report Data Collection


  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.
  • WHO 2005. The Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion in a Globalized World. Geneva: WHO.