What we do at the Centre for Population Health


Health protection and prevention 

Health professionals in a meeting

Our Public Health Unit (PHU) protects and promotes public health and controls risks to public health. These risks may be from emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, exposure to environmental hazards, and from climate change. 

The PHU monitors and investigates population data including unusual patterns of diseases and other conditions to reduce the risk of disease to the community. It also plans for and responds to public health emergencies such as pandemics and supports responses to other emergencies affecting the community, such as floods and bushfires. 

Our teams work closely with general practitioners, community health workers, hospital-based clinicians, pathology laboratories, schools and childcare centres, local councils and other government agencies to protect the health of the public. We also collaborate with research partners on disease prevention and best practice.


Health promotion

Family exercising together

Our Health Promotion service (HP) delivers a range of evidence-informed projects and programs relating to healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco control and e-cigarettes, to improve health and wellbeing across Western Sydney.

We work at the population level to maximise reach. 

We work with key partners such as local government and in settings such as early childhood education and care services, schools, tertiary education institutes and other community settings to create healthy environments and support sustainable health behaviour change.
We deliver statewide health promotion initiatives in response to local community needs.

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