Leading health organisation supports recommendations from WA’s Sustainable Health Review

Media Release
10 April 2019

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) has commended the recommendations of the WA Government’s Sustainable Health Review released today.

“The recommendation to increase spending on prevention and health promotion to 5% of the WA health budget by 2029 is a welcome step in the right direction,” said Maurice Swanson, Chief Executive of ACOSH.

“ACOSH strongly supports a greater priority being given to community-based care and prevention,” Mr Swanson said.

As part of a comprehensive approach, additional investment for tobacco control in WA should be directed to:

  • TV-led public education campaigns at evidence-based levels of funding
  • Legislation to ban all remaining forms of tobacco advertising and promotion including lobbying and donations from tobacco companies
  • Legislation to expand smoke-free areas to include all crowded outdoor areas

In addition, ACOSH strongly recommends that the WA health system introduce an integrated smoking cessation support program for all patients who smoke including the provision of nicotine replacement therapy and referral to the Quitline.

“Currently, Australia spends less than 2% of the nation’s total health expenditure of A$170 billion on dedicated prevention. The WA Government’s commitment should be matched by the Federal Government and other states and territories,” Mr Swanson said.

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Contact: Maurice Swanson, ACOSH Chief Executive, 0401 090 915