Policy - Eat Well Australia: An Agenda for Action for Public Health Nutrition

Date:
2000
End year:
2010
Published by:
Strategic Inter-Governmental Nutriton Alliance of hte National Public Health Partnership
Published year:
2001
Is the policy document adopted?:
Yes
Adopted year:
2001
Adopted by:
The strategies were endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers Conference 1 August 2001
Type of policy:
Comprehensive national nutrition policy, strategy or plan

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Goals
Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 

 

 

1.3 EWA- a framework for a decade of improvement in public health nutrition

 

The goal of EWA

 

EWAwill achieve this through health gain and capacity building initiatives that are:

1.    national in scope, with recognition of the importance of state/territory, regional and local actions;

2.    based in public health practices, addressing underlying determinants of health in the population as a whole as well as high-risk groups; and

3.    focused on measurable actions within broad nutrition issues, including the food system from production to consumption, consumer demand and the health system itself.

 

 EWA is built on a set of initial priorities, each of which is addressed by several initiatives, with objectives specific to each of the initiatives. Broad aims are to:

1.    support health gains in the context of the National Health Priorities Areas;

2.    improve the capacity of Australians to choose a healthy diet in line with the ‘Australian Guide to

Healthy Eating and NHMRC Dietary guidelines;

3.    support improved nutrition at all points in the food system in partnership with stakeholders inrelevant sectors;

4.    •provide targeted resources to those groups more vulnerable to poor nutrition; and

5.    monitor the food and nutrition system and seek opportunities for improvement.

EWA: summary of initiatives

Strategic management

1 Steering the implementation of EWA and NATSINSAP

2 Developing nutrition policy

3 Establishing criteria for resource allocation

4 Managing partnerships

 

Promoting healthy weight

1 Promoting healthy weight

 

Vulnerable groups

1 Promoting organizational change in services

2 Influencing broad social policy

3 Addressing structural barriers to safe and healthy food

 

Vegetables and fruit

1 Undertaking vegetables and fruit promotions

2 Addressing underlying structural factors which influence vegetables and fruit consumption

3 Enhancing research

 

Maternal and child health

1 Improving nutrition for pregnant and lactating women

2 Promoting breastfeeding and improving infant nutrition

3 Improving nutrition for children

 

Capacity-building initiatives

Research and development

1 Investing in public health nutrition research

2 Disseminating research evidence

3 Promoting private sector investment in research

4 Promoting innovation

 

Workforce development

1 Building human resource requirements

2 Expand and extend tertiary education

3 Training primary health care professionals

4 Training the non-health workforce

 

Communication

1 Disseminating EWA

2 Communicating with the public

 

Monitoring and evaluation

1 A national food and nutrition monitoring system

2 Evaluating EWA

 

 

Part 2 Strategic management

 This section addresses the implementation of EWA and NATSINSAP, its policy and resource environments. It consists of four initiatives:

1.  Steering the implementation of EWA and NATSINSAP;

2.  •Developing nutrition policy;

3.  Establishing criteria for resource allocation; and

4.    Managing partnerships.

 

Strategic management

Initiative no. 1: Steering the implementation of EWA and NATSINSAP

Objectives

Manage the implementation of EWA and NATSINSAP;

Establish the formal networks needed for EWA and NATSINSAP to be sustained.

 

Initiative no. 2: Developing nutrition policy

Objectives

Identify public policy needs that impact on nutritional health and develop appropriate and timely public policy;

Achieve consistency and/or complementarity between the activities of major Commonwealth government and state/territory health agencies.

 

Initiative no. 3: Establishing criteria for resource allocation

Objectives

Improve the measurement of the social and economic benefits of investments in public health nutrition;

Improve the effectiveness of resource allocation to nutrition and other public health interventions by providing health planners, public health nutritionists and public health decision makers with updated advice based on economic modeling.

 

Initiative no. 4: Managing partnerships

Objective

Identify, foster and effectively manage the partnership arrangements needed to implement EWA and NATSINSAP.

 

Part 3 EWA Health gain initiatives

Vulnerable groups

Initiative no. 1: Promoting organizational change in services

Objective

Ensure that vulnerable groups have access to sufficient and nutritionally adequate food by bringing about organizational change in government and non-government services where these services impact on food and nutrition needs, and by developing effective model programs that address food and nutrition issues for a range of groups.

 

Initiative no. 2: Influencing broad social policy

Objective

Influence broad social policy to make food affordable and accessible for vulnerable groups.

 

Initiative no. 3: Addressing structural barriers to safe and healthy food

Objective

Ensure that vulnerable groups have equitable access to foods, which are safe, nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate.

 

Promoting healthy weight

Initiative no. 1: Promoting healthy weight

Objective

Halt the trend of increasing overweight and obesity by giving added impetus to implementing the NHMRC strategic plan ‘Acting on Australia’s Weight’, by coordinating action between national strategies to focus on promoting healthy lifestyles and by developing guidelines for professionals on healthy weight management and obesity prevention.

 

Vegetables and fruit

Initiative no. 1: Undertaking vegetables and fruit promotions

Objectives

Increase the proportion of the population who consume vegetables and fruit every day;

Increase the proportion of the population who consume vegetables and fruit at or above the recommended level.

 

Initiative no. 2: Addressing underlying structural factors which influence vegetables and fruit consumption

Objective

Increase vegetable and fruit consumption through modification of social, physical and economic factors and policies, which impact on consumption.

 

Initiative no. 3: Enhancing research

Objective

Develop effective interventions for the promotion of vegetables and fruit.

 

Maternal and child health

Initiative no. 1: Improving nutrition for pregnant and lactating women

Objectives

Increase the proportion of babies born within the healthy weight range by promoting high quality diet among pregnant women at risk;

Reduce the prevalence of iron-deficiency anaemia of attributable to poor nutrition through monitoring and promotion of high quality diet among women at risk;

Reduce the incidence of birth defects by increasing average folate intakes and the proportion of pregnant women who meet the recommended intake of 400 mcg through promotion of fortified foods, supplement use and intake of natural dietary folate sources;

Increase the proportion of lactating women with adequate intakes of energy/calcium; and

Decrease the exposure of pregnant women to foods contaminated with listeria through education about high-risk foods, and training of food handlers.

 

Initiative no. 2: Promoting breastfeeding and improving infant nutrition

Objectives

Increase the proportion of mothers who breastfeed to at least six months of age by reducing cultural, structural and economic barriers to breastfeeding;

Increase the proportion of mothers who introduce solid foods consistent with NHMRC Infant feeding guidelines;

Increase health system policies that encourage and support breastfeeding to at least six months;

Introduce, implement, maintain and monitor policies, practices and facilities in the community that encourage mothers to decide to breastfeed and support breastfeeding to at least six months.

 

Initiative no. 3: Improving nutrition for children

Objectives

Increase the proportion of children within the healthy weight range, through improved growth monitoring, and promotion of good eating habits and physical activity.

Increase the availability of healthy meals and snacks for children from institutional food services (canteens, pre-schools, day care) through policies, training, incentives and by working with industry.

Promote a wide range of food experiences and positive attitudes to food and body image among children.

 

Part 4 EWA Capacity-building initiatives

 

Initiative no. 1: Investing in public health nutrition research

Objective

Achieve an adequate level of appropriate public health research by establishing research priorities and increasing the proportion of government health research funding dedicated to public health nutrition research.

 

Initiative no. 2: Disseminating research evidence

Objective

Increase the use of research evidence in public health nutrition planning and practice by actively disseminating the results of research on EWA priorities to policy-makers, practitioners and researchers.

 

Initiative no. 3: Promoting private sector investment in research

Objective

Increase the level of private sector investment in public health nutrition research in priority areas by facilitating industry involvement and establishing protocols to maintain standards and credibility.

 

Initiative no. 4: Promoting innovation

Objective

Resolve public health nutrition problems by promoting innovative solutions and providing practitioners with information on innovative research and practice development.

 

Workforce development

Initiative no. 1: Building human resource requirements

Objective

Improve the capacity of public health nutrition and health promotion workforces, including increasing the specialist nutrition workforce, to support and deliver EWA and NATSINSAP initiatives.

 

Initiative no. 2: Expand and extend tertiary education

Objectives

Enhance the capacity of the public health nutrition workforce to plan, implement and evaluate public health nutrition programs through improvement to tertiary education;

Enhance the capacity of managers in public health to oversee public health nutrition programs.

 

Initiative no. 3: Training primary health care professionals

Objective

Improve the capacity of primary health care practitioners to support the implementation of relevant EWA and NATSINSAP initiatives.

 

Initiative no. 4: Training the non-health workforce

Objective

Improve the capacity of the non-health workforce to support the implementation of relevant EWA initiatives.

 

Communication

Initiative no. 1: Disseminating the EWA strategy

Objective

Ensure all current and potential stakeholders are aware of, and committed to, the aims and the scope of initiatives of EWA and NATSINSAP.

 

Initiative no. 2: Communicating with the public

Objectives

Expose the Australian community to consistent and readily understood nutrition messages;

Provide consumers with clear, concise information about the composition of foods and key nutrients of public health significance.

 

Monitoring and evaluation

Initiative no. 1: A National Food and Nutrition Monitoring System (NFNMS)

Objectives

Establish an on-going national food and nutrition monitoring system;

Provide policy makers and practitioners with timely information upon which to evaluate current practice and plan for the future;

Identify emerging trends and work with jurisdictions to address information requirements;

Ensure that EWA and component initiatives have a firm evidence base for planning, and evaluation.

 

Initiative no. 2: Evaluating EWA

Objectives

Ensure the ongoing relevance and effectiveness of EWA and NATSINSAP;

Ensure accountability of contributions from all partners for the implementation of EWA and NATSINSAP.

 

 

Reference: 

WHO Global Database on National Nutrition Policies and Programmes

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