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Publications archive - Ecologically Sustainable Development


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Prepared by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Steering Committee
Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments
December, 1992
ISBN 0 644 27253 8

Public Health
Part 3 Intersectoral Issues - Chapter 24


To establish an effective, cooperative and holistic approach to public health, which is based on a sound knowledge of environmental and health problems, their causes and the best means by which they can be resolved, and includes a focus on health and human and natural environments, and on the interrelationships and interactions which sustain or threaten them.

Strategic Approach

Actions to achieve this will involve examining mechanisms for incorporating health impact assessment into relevant environmental or economic decision making process; systematic identification, development, analysis and monitoring of agreed environmental health indicators; monitoring the state of the environment and population health; improving public understanding of health risks and benefits, and improving the scientific assessment of these risks and benefits; and ensuring cooperation and coordination between levels of governments, across all sectors.

Objective 24.1

Governments will: