Australia in 2030: Disrupting the commercial determinants of health

Belinda Townsend, Alexandra Jones, Jennifer Lacy-Nichols, Philip Baker, Anne Marie Thow, Jane E Martin, Mike Daube, Kathryn Backholer

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    Abstract

    Our vision for 2030 is an Australian economy that promotes optimal human and planetary health for current and future generations. To achieve this, current patterns of corporate practice and consumption of harmful commodities and services need to change. In this chapter, we suggest ways forward for Australia, focusing on pragmatic actions that can be taken now to redress the power imbalances between corporations and Australian governments and citizens. We begin by exploring how the terms of health policy making must change to protect it from conflicted commercial interests. We also examine how marketing unhealthy products and services can be more effectively regulated, and how healthier business practices can be incentivised. Finally, we make recommendations on how various public health stakeholders can hold corporations to account, to ensure that people come before profits in a healthy and prosperous future Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-31
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
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    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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