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Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008

Australia Parliament of Victoria Country Resources General Health Legislation Australia, Victoria 31 December 2008 Legislation/regulation public health

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Health Legislation for the state of Victoria. The Purpose if this Act is to enact a new legislative scheme which promotes and protects public health and well being in Victoria.

(1) The Parliament recognises that—
(a) the State has a significant role in promoting and protecting the public health and
wellbeing of persons in Victoria;
(b) public health and wellbeing includes the absence of disease, illness, injury, disability
or premature death and the collective state of public health and wellbeing;
(c) public health interventions are one of the ways in which the public health and wellbeing can be improved and inequalities reduced;
(d) where appropriate, the State has a role in assisting in responses to public health
concerns of national and international significance.

(2) In the context of subsection (1), the objective of this Act is to achieve the highest attainable standard of public health and wellbeing by—
(a) protecting public health and preventing disease, illness, injury, disability or
premature death;
(b) promoting conditions in which persons can be healthy;
(c) reducing inequalities in the state of public health and wellbeing.
(3) It is the intention of Parliament that in the administration of this Act and in seeking to
achieve the objective of this Act, regard should be given to the guiding principles set out in
sections 5 to 11.


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