Australian Self-Care Alliance Publications

The following publications were published by the Alliance since incorporation.

2024-25 Pre-Budget Submission

The Australian Self-Care Alliance (Alliance) is calling on the Australian Government to allocate $6 million to fund the development and implementation of a ‘health star rating’ for digital health information and services to enable Australians easily verify the accuracy of health information, and efficacy of digital health apps.
Consumer Engagement & Empowerment - Position Paper

Consumer engagement and empowerment: the role of self-care in effective preventive health action

The need for an informed and engaged consumer for effective prevention is pressingly obvious, made even more explicit by the health response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Australia’s largely successful suppression strategy has relied on individuals taking greater responsibility for the management of their physical and mental health, and proactively engaging with public health information and preventive health activities.

Mitchell Institute of Health Publications

The following publications were published by the Mitchell Institute of Health at Victoria University and financially supported by the Australian Self-Care Alliance and the informal research collaboration which preceded it.

Self-care for Health: A national policy blueprint

With the support of an informal research collaboration which preceded the formation of the Australian Self-Care Alliance, the Mitchell Institute published this landmark policy blueprint in October 2020. The Minister of Health, the Hon Greg Hunt, launched the Blueprint at a virtual event and immediately referred it to the National Preventative Health Strategy.

Self-Care and Health: By all, for all. Learning from Covid-19

To mark International Self-Care Day 2020, the Mitchell Institute published this essay by Dr Maria Duggan on the lessons for Self-Care from the Covid-19 Pandemic. This publication underlined the importance of self-care to prevention, not just of chronic diseases, but infectious diseases as well.

The State of Self-Care in Australia

The State of Self-Care in Australia is a literature review and environmental scan that the Mitchell Institute was commissioned to produce in 2018. The report set the baseline for subsequent self-care research in Australia. The environmental scan showed that the majority of self-care activity in Australia at the time was online mental health support for returned Australian defence personnel.

The State of Self-Care in Australia - Technical Appendix

For researchers, the full list of research sources and the full results of the environmental scan.

Partner Publications

The members and collaborators of the Australian Self-Care Alliance are active in conducting research and issuing publications on Self-Care and related topics. We are pleased to publish pieces relevant to self-care here to amplify their reach.

The Self-Care Opportunity

Consumer Healthcare Products Australia
To mark International Self-Care Day 2022, Consumer Healthcare Products Australia, a member of the Australian Self-Care Alliance, published recent survey research to help policymakers, healthcare professionals and health advocates better understand Australians’ self-care engagement, capabilities, and behaviours. A cross-section of 2,000 everyday Australians from across the country were asked about the depth of their health knowledge, skills and behaviours, with a particular focus on self-management, health literacy, digital health activity and interaction with health professionals.

Making the Invisible Visible

Musculoskeletal Australia
Musculoskeletal Australia (or MSK) is the consumer organisation working with, and advocating on behalf of, people with arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, gout and over 150 other musculoskeletal conditions. MSK Australia is a member of the Australian Self-Care Alliance. The National Musculoskeletal Survey and this Baseline Survey Report capture the views of 3,453 Australians living with musculoskeletal conditions. This is the first and most comprehensive survey of what it is to live with musculoskeletal conditions and will be used to give people a voice in wider discussions around health, funding and the future of application of self-care in Australia’s healthcare system.

Self-Care Readiness Index

Global Self-Care Federation

The Global Self-Care Federation is a federation of regional and national associations, and manufacturers and distributors of non-prescription medicines on all continents. CHP Australia is the local member of GSCF. The Federation is dedicated to a world where self-care increasingly contributes to better health and more sustainable healthcare systems.

The main aim of the Self-Care Readiness Index is to assist GSCF members to engage with jurisdictions and policy makers at regional and national levels about the importance of adopting self-care in national health policies. The survey was conducted in ten countries: United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Poland, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, China and Thailand. This latest version includes all 20 countries – 10 from the first phase which is the report on the website and the 10 countries examined in phase 2 (which includes Australia) .

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