Strategic Priorities and Actions

Healthway’s future directions will be guided by five strategic priorities — increasing healthy eating, increasing physical activity, improving mental health, preventing harm from alcohol and creating a smoke-free WA. These five strategic priorities were confirmed through research, literature reviews and expert consultation. Together these priorities address a high proportion of the burden of ill-health in the WA community.

1 – Increasing healthy eating

To increase healthy eating, we will work with others to:

  • Reduce children’s exposure to marketing of unhealthy food
  • Increase access to healthy food
  • Encourage healthy eating habits from a young age
  • Improve public awareness of healthy eating choices

2 – Improving mental health

To improve mental health, we will work with others to:

  • Increase knowledge of strategies for staying mentally healthy
  • Shape environments conducive to good mental health
  • Create opportunities for social inclusion and connectedness
  • Improve public understanding of the catalysts of good mental health
  • Reduce social harms (bullying, discrimination)
  • Improve knowledge of how to seek help when needed

3 – Increasing physical activity

To increase physical activity, we will work with others to:

  • Create opportunities for people to engage in physical activity
  • Shape environments to enable physical activity and reduce sedentary lifestyles
  • Promote active living as part of daily life
  • Increase knowledge and skills of the benefits of physical activity

4 – Preventing harm from alcohol

To prevent harm from alcohol, we will work with others to:

  • Improve access to alcohol-free environments
  • Reduce underage exposure to drinking and alcohol promotion
  • Promote awareness of health drinking habits
  • Normalise moderation in adult alcohol consumption
  • Promote abstinence from alcohol among pregnant women and young people under 18 years of age

5 – Creating a smoke-free WA

To help create a smoke-free WA we will work with others to:

  • Normalise smoke-free environments
  • Reduce tobacco exposure among children and young people
  • Promote benefits of smoke-free living
  • Remove drivers of smoking uptake
  • Promote benefits of smoking cessation

Last modified: 2020-02-17