Public health

Fran E Baum and Helen Keleher
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04269.x
Published online: 7 January 2002

Public health is crucial for the promotion and protection of health. Links between preventive action and improved health status (eg, in the case of smoking-related cancers, the decline in sudden infant death syndrome and rates of cardiovascular disease) present strong arguments for increased investment in public health infrastructure. The Public Health Education and Research Program1 has ensured a well-trained public health workforce to support national, state and local initiatives.

  • 1 Department of Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA 5000.
  • 2 School of Public Health, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.


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