The mission of Obesity Australia is to drive change in the public perceptions of obesity, its prevention and its treatment. We will do this by:
Providing leadership and independent advice to inform sound policy
Building recognition of the personal, social and economic effects of obesity
Changing entrenched attitudes
Independently evaluating what works and what doesn't work in the Australian context
Showcasing the best science on how and why obesity occurs so it provides a base for effective community response and government funding
We will highlight current knowledge of obesity, drawing on a wealth of scientific and medical knowledge, based on research reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Council, experts in their field around Australia & New Zealand.
Obesity Australia is served by a Board who have demonstrated leadership in their field – public affairs, politics, health, public policy.
OA has two distinct and complimentary roles.
The first is as a network facilitator - communicating and connecting agencies and sources of specialist content (science, policy, advice, educational material) to amplify impact.
In this role OA is not of itself a source of specialist content, which is the purview of academic, non-government and government agencies. But it follows that OA must have close and coherent relationships with other groups, to ensure that it plays an effective role within the broader coalition of obesity-related entities.
The second, by virtue of the makeup of its Board, sees OA work to influence corporate Australia and government to act on the challenge of obesity.
Since 2018, OA is the legal entity and oversight body for the Collective for Action on Obesity (Obesity Collective).
Our ongoing Obesity Collective projects include:
System Activity Mapping - Mapping of current activity in obesity prevention, treatment, support and advocacy translated into a an online, crowd-sourced platform.
External Campaign - An evidence-informed campaign to raise awareness around the challenge and shift the dialogue from shame, personal responsibility and stigma to empathy for the challenge and collective responsibility.
Obesity Evidence Hub - A single, comprehensive website synthesising the key evidence on obesity causes, prevalence, prevention and treatment.
Weight Issues Network (WIN Network) - A network for people with lived experience, their carers and families to advocate, educate and create a supportive community.
Engagement - Engagement with current and future Collective stakeholders to share insights, connect people, and strategically grow the Collective base.