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:

  • 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.

Importantly, we mentor emerging leaders to be the advocates of tomorrow.

Our Priorities

  • Obesity
  • Alcohol
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Child Health
  • Environment and Health
  • Gambling
  • Industry Tactics and CSR
  • Local Government
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Priority Areas

Aboriginal Health

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


Alcohol is a major public health issue. Harmful alcohol consumption contributes to a concerning range of immediate and longer-term harms, both as a result of a person’s own drinking and the drinking of others.


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).

Environment and health

The environment influences human health in many ways — through exposures to physical, chemical and biological risk factors, and through related changes in behaviour in response to those factors.


Australia has the highest expenditure per capita on gambling, with 70% of Australians reporting participating in some form of gambling annually.

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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