Australia - head of National Preventive Health Agency appointed..

January 30, 2011 - On November 17, 2010 the Australian parliament passed the act that provides federal funding of the National Preventative Health Agency. (Australia gets a preventive health agency, by admin, The Australian Drug Blog, 1/17/2010)

The Preventative Health Taskforce consisted of the nation's health experts was established in April 2008 to develop the Strategy that provides a blueprint for tackling the burden of chronic disease currently caused by obesity, tobacco, and excessive consumption of alcohol. (Australia - government's plan to reduce preventable illness will soon go to Parliament..; Australia - Comments on the National Preventative Health Taskforce's Proposal..)

As of 2011, Dr Rhonda Galbally has now been appointed as transitional CEO of the newly created Australian National Prevention Agency. Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said Dr Galbally had been asked to develop a five-year strategic and annual operational plans for the new agency. National Preventive Health Agency was formally established on 1 January 2011.

References: New Year’s Resolutions get a Helping Hand, Source: Australian Department of Health and Ageing, Western Informer, 1/6/2011; Preventative health agency begins work, Samantha Donovan,, 1/8/2011; Sowing young seeds helps encourage healthy eating,, 1/22/2011.