Nutrition and Healthy Eating

The Population Health and Sport Division, within the Department of Health, is responsible for developing and evaluating national policy, resources and initiatives in the areas of nutrition and healthy eating, health promoting physical activity and promoting healthy weight.

Page last updated: 28 November 2016

The division takes a national leadership and coordination role in the promotion of healthy eating to all Australians in order to:

  • Improve the health and well-being of the population;
  • Reduce the prevalence of nutrition-related chronic disease; and
  • Improve nutrition-related health outcomes of vulnerable groups.
A healthy eating pattern is fundamental to the maintenance of good health and well-being. Healthy eating benefits almost every aspect of our health, throughout our lifetime. While many Australians enjoy a varied and healthy diet, there is still considerable room for improvement. Health problems that are linked to poor eating patterns such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, place an enormous burden on individuals, families and society as a whole.

Further Information

Visit our Healthy Weight website for further information about healthy eating.

For further information please email PHD Frontdesk.