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Policy submissions

Draft National Preventive Health Strategy Consultation

April 2021

Draft National Preventive Health.pdf

What happened:

The launch of the National Preventive Health Strategy has been delayed due to the COVID-19 response.

Review of Pregnancy Care Guidelines on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Weight

July 2020

HAESAustralia_Pregnancy Care Guidelines.pdf

What happened:

At least three of HAES Australia’s recommendations were adopted. The new guidelines:

  • include a section on weight stigma,
  • recommend appropriate education to support lifestyle discussions, and
  • require health professionals to ask women* for their consent to be weighed.

The adoption of these recommendations is a significant step towards respectful care and body autonomy during pregnancy

"National Obesity Strategy Consultation"       

December 2019

HAES Australia_NOS.pdf

What happened:

The Consultation report (content warning: medicalisation of higher body weight) was released late 2020, with a featured quote from HAES Australia recommending that:

"policies recognise human diversity and support each child’s individual pattern of growth and development to improve their short and long-term health and wellbeing (p. 46)". 

The draft final strategy will be considered by State and Federal Health Ministers in 2022.

"Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia"

July 2018

HAESAustralia_Select Committee Submission.pdf

What happened:

HAES Australia influenced the first two recommendations of the Final Report that:

  • Recommendation 1 Commonwealth funding … should be contingent on the appropriate use of language to avoid stigma and blame in all aspects of public health campaigns, program design and delivery.
  • Recommendation 2 The Commonwealth Department of Health work with organisations responsible for training medical and allied health professionals to incorporate modules specifically aimed at increasing the understanding and awareness of stigma and blame in medical, psychological and public health interventions.

Official responses 

HAES Australia’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020

April 2020

HAES Australia’s Response to the “Fast Track to Health” Study

February 2019

Position statements

Weight-neutral Care


A foundation document that defines a Health at Every SizeĀ® approach that can be used by practitioners and consumers of health care to advocate for weight-neutral care. 

HAESAustralia_Weight Neutral Care.pdf

Eating disorders and 'Obesity'


Defines the screening, assessment and treatment of eating disorders from a size acceptance framework.

HAESAustralia_Eating Disorders and Obesity.pdf

If you are concerned about an issue that relates to HAES Australia's vision and mission and requires strategic, collective advocacy, please contact us HAESAustralia@gmail.com.

Acknowledgement of Country

HAES Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters, where we live, work and play.  We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We commit to ongoing learning and growth as we become an inclusive and diverse community.

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