Welcome to Northern NSW Local Health District Health Promotion.

Our team is dedicated to building a healthy Northern NSW.

What is health promotion?

Health promotion works to increase people’s control over their health, so that they can be healthier.

Lots of factors affect our health.  These include:

  • If our school, work and community environments make exercise and choosing healthy food easy
  • If good mental health support is available
  • The cost and availability of alcohol and tobacco
  • If people understand how to be healthy and feel confident to take action
  • People at increased risk of poor health are supported to stay healthy

To support people to have control over their health, health promotion must:

  • Advocate for healthy policies
  • Build evidence about ‘what works’
  • Work in collaboration with the community and partner organisations
  • Deliver programs that reduce risk factors for poor health
  • Provide support to those at most risk of poor health
  • Make health information understandable to everyone

About Us

The Northern NSW Local Health District Health Promotion team works collaboratively with partner organisations and the community to reduce risk factors for poor health, such as smoking and obesity, and to promote wellness and healthy ageing.

Our funding targets three state-wide priorities:

Additional funding allows us to also target:

  • Alcohol – community action
  • Alcohol – reducing risk for teens
  • Health Literacy
  • Equity and Aboriginal Health
  • Infant Hearing
  • Research and Evaluation

What we do

  • Supporting local early childhood services to deliver a program targeting the healthy development of children birth to five years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time
  • Supporting local primary schools to deliver a whole-of-school program targeting improved nutrition and physical education and opportunities for more students to be more active, more often
  • Supporting our Local Health District to measure the height and weight of children under 16 years visiting our services
  • Delivering healthy lifestyle programs for children aged 7-13 above a healthy weight and their families
  • Working with health services to overcome barriers to referring children above a healthy weight to appropriate treatment and prevention programs
  • Implementing and monitoring the Healthy Choices food policy across all Local Health District sites
  • Supporting our food vendors to supply mostly healthy food choices on their menus
  • Promoting the NSW Get Healthy Service
  • Working with our health services to improve referrals to Get Healthy, particularly the Get Healthy in Pregnancy program
  • Supporting health literacy improvement in our community and health services
  • Training our staff and improving local processes to increase and improve the quit smoking advice and treatment we give in our health services
  • Monitoring our health service’s compliance with smoke free policy
  • Setting up Smoke Free Health Care groups at our hospitals
  • Providing online and face to face programs that support good nutrition, active lifestyles and falls prevention
  • Making submissions on councils’ community strategic plans, planning strategies, development proposals and future land use plans
  • Commenting on alcohol licence applications
  • Offering programs to activate spaces such as outdoor gym equipment ‘come and try’ sessions
  • Assisting in grant applications to improve public open space and increase opportunities for physical activity
  • Evaluating council’s public space improvement projects such as Murwillumbah’s parklet and street furniture project
  • Improving access to healthy food by supporting farmers’ markets and the Sustain Food collaboration
  • Increasing transport options, particularly for walking and cycling, via regional Transport Working Groups and integrated transport strategies
  • The NSW State Wide Infant Screening Hearing Program (SWISH) program finds babies that are born with permanent hearing loss.
  • About one to two babies out of every 1,000 babies born will have hearing loss. Hearing problems can cause speech and language problems later in life. It’s important to find and help babies with hearing loss early. Find out more here.
  • NNSWLHD Health Promotion delivers increased levels of funding and programs to areas with higher numbers of Aboriginal people. This is often done in partnership with Aboriginal Medical Services.  Examples include Bugalwena Quit Smoking Program, the Grafton Child and Family Wellbeing Hub and Aboriginal Go4Fun.
  • We consult with local Aboriginal people about culturally relevant strategies.


To learn more about our programs and their impact download our Annual Report 2019-2020.

Research, reports and publications

Health Promotion is committed to evidence based practice and the ongoing generation of high quality evidence, which is relevant to local community and health service. We have a reputation for locally conducted research which has resulted in policy and practice changes across NSW and beyond. We achieve this through collaboration with research institutions and universities locally and nationally.

For more information visit our archive of program evaluations and reports.

Contact Us

This form is for health promotion questions. A member of the Health Promotion team will be in touch.