Peak health and exercise organisations have come together for important Government advocacy campaign

Dec 3, 2021

Several Australian peak professional and industry organisations in the health and exercise sectors have come together to form the Health and Exercise Professional Forum (HEPF), a collaboration with the aim to communicate a shared position to Government on key issues that affect a healthier, more active Australia.

“All levels of Government need to step up and significantly invest in exercise and physical activity services,” explains Exercise & Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) Chief Executive Officer, Anita Hobson-Powell. ESSA serves as the Secretariat for the HEPF.

As well as ESSA, the other individual member organisations of HEPF include:

• Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)
• Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
• Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLA)
• Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA)
• AUSActive
• Physical Activity Australia
• Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)

Two particular current issues that the HEPF are focusing on initially are Preventative health; and the Impact of COVID-19 on the Exercise/Physical Activity Sector.

“The member organisations of HEPF represent a collective sum of over 57,500 health and exercise professionals. It’s these professionals that should be supported by Government in their role as key advisors, health care and service providers to promote preventative health to the community.”

“Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an urgency for peak organisations to collaborate and advance joint advocacy rather than delay. More specifically, to engage Government on the importance of physical activity and movement and advocate for funding in systems that will assist these professionals,” adds Anita.

Members of the HEPF believe there is an opportunity now to present the best way forward for Government, and that this should be focussed upon the value of movement and the vital role the health and exercise professions play in promotion and implementation of programs and services that will benefit to a healthier Australia. To find out more about HEPF, please contact the forum secretariat.