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New preventative health advisory council announced

19 July 2011 - 6:07pm

The government has announced the formation of an advisory council as part of the Australian National Preventative Health Agency.

Acting minister for health and ageing Mark Butler says the council will support the government's recent programs focused on preventative measures for Australians.

"The advisory council will help the agency tackle difficult public health issues, focusing initially on obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and other substance abuse," says Butler.

The council will consist of ten members, all experts in the field of preventative health, led by esteemed health authority professor Christine Bennet.

Bennet is currently dean of medicine at the University of Notre Dame Sydney, chair of research Australia and former chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.

Preventative health has become a key part of the government's national health care reform with a string of initiatives following an $872 million injection into programs designed to help Australians lead healthier lives.

Strong emphasis has been placed on what people can do before they get sick to reduce the chances of serious long-term illness.

Your health insurance broker can help you examine private cover options to suit your requirements - including policies that include broader health cover programs, such as assistance with weight loss or quitting smoking.