Raising the profile
and understanding
of public health.

About the Public Health Advocacy Institute

The Public Health Advocacy Institute’s mission is to influence, build, promote, and support advocacy for public health priorities.  We do this through innovation in education, applied research, engagement, and practice. Established in 2008, under the leadership of Emeritus Professor Mike Daube AO, the Institute is an independent public health voice based within Curtin University, supported by a range of funding partners.

We aim to:

  • Coordinate and offer advocacy training
  • raise the public profile and understanding of public health
  • develop local coalitions for public health issues
  • develop advocacy consensus-based targets
  • influence public health policy and public health agendas

We do this by providing a diverse range of services including: advice on public health strategies, advocacy-related research and projects, and build the workforce and community capacity for effective advocacy.




The Advocacy Toolkit

The toolkit is a practical resource that supports and encourages health professionals and interested organisations to engage in advocacy. The Advocacy in Action toolkit:

  • Demystifies advocacy,
  • Includes examples and case studies demonstrating how advocacy strategies can be applied across different issues,
  • Offers tips to effectively work with the media, and
  • Provides practical tools to help you and your organisation advocate on your issue.

The fourth edition of the Advocacy in Action toolkit, released in 2019, features more examples and case studies, a comprehensive guide to evaluation, and more tips on working with the media.

To download the toolkit click here.

Priority Areas

Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have significantly poorer health and lower life expectancy than other Australians.


In Australia, one-quarter of children and adolescents are overweight or obese and nearly two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, with the proportion of obese adults continuing to rise.

Child Health

Childhood is a period of rapid development and is formative for health and well-being and health behaviours throughout the life course (License 2004; Graham & Power 2004).

Industry strategies and tactics

If you are working in public health advocacy it is important to understand who your opponents are and what tactics they are using to gridlock advancement in public health.

Local Government

PHAIWA recognises that local governments are the closest form of government to communities and provide vital and multi-functional organisations within local communities.

Public Health Expenditure And Government Priorities

We try to identify priority areas where investments and commitments can be made to ensure the health and well-being of all Australians.

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