Prevention Policy Special Interest Group

Purpose and Aims

The purpose of the Prevention Policy Special Interest Group (SIG) is to stimulate policy debates on prevention issues across disciplines and sectors, showcase innovative prevention policy research, and strengthen links between researchers and policymakers.

We operate as a loose network, with proposals generated amongst members and pursued by sub-groups of network members. The modus operandi includes forum, seminars and discussion groups, new research and, in some cases, policy advocacy in collaboration with existing groups such as PHAA and HPAA.

SIG Activities

The Prevention Policy SIG recently hosted a forum on ‘Strengthening prevention policy’. The forum was a great success with a wide range of excellent presentations, including a thought-provoking message from the Minister for Health regarding the need for concrete policy options and an overview of the work program of the new Australian National Preventive Health Agency by the new CEO, Louise Sylvan.

This SIG is open to interested professionals, as well as Sydney University staff, affiliates and students. Thank you to those who have already indicated that they wish to participate.

Upcoming SIG Events

July 17th, 2012: To mark the commencement of the Prevention Policy Special Interest Group, the Sydney Health Policy Network is planning an invitation-only Roundtable discussion on priorities for prevention policy research. Please contact if you are interested in this event.


Dr Anne Marie Thow

Dr Lesley King

Please contact with a short expression of interest if you would like to join this SIG