Public Health Practice in Australia: The Organised Effort

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Appendix A

Australian core public health
functions

Assess, analyse and communicate population health needs
and community expectations
Established practiceEvolving practice
monitor physical, mental and social morbidity and
the causes of mortality
research and monitor the determinants of health
assess population health needs and risks
undertake research to identify the causes of and
solutions to health problems in populations
conduct public health program evaluation and
outcome research
'evaluate health services and conduct research on the
outcomes of health services
conduct cross-disciplinary and multi-method
research

Prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases
and injuries through risk factor reduction, education, screening,
immunisation and other interventions
Established practiceEvolving practice
conduct disease, injury and risk factor surveillance
conduct disease outbreak investigation and control.
screen for selected communicable and non-
communicable diseases
implement comprehensive communicable disease
control programs, including the provision of immuni-
sation
treat cases of infectious disease
provide public health laboratory services
provide veterinary public health services
enable and encourage communities and individuals
to adopt and maintain healthy practices, such as
appropriate diet, moderate alcohol intake, physical
activity, no smoking and improved oral health (includ-
ing fluoride supplementation)
monitor, research and respond to newly emerging
disease threats (e.g. nosocomial infections, including
antibiotic resistance)
address the social and economic determinants of
non-communicable diseases
address risk factors for intentional injuries

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