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National Primary Prevention Hub

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 2 Improve coordination across primary prevention activities to maximise their impact on community attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence.

What are we doing?

The National Primary Prevention Hub will guide and lead primary prevention efforts in Australia.

Delivered by Our Watch, the Hub will:

  • Coordinate and consolidate activities.
  • Share evidence, expertise and learning.
  • Facilitate collaboration in policy and practice across Australia, in both government and non-government settings.
  • Assess the progress and effectiveness of prevention efforts nationally, and provide evaluation expertise.
  • Support a range of projects to build expert primary prevention capacity, including developing and piloting a national workforce development program to fast-track upskilling of primary prevention practitioners.

For more information, go to the Our Watch website.

  • The Commonwealth Government will provide Our Watch with funding of $4.0 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to deliver the National Primary Prevention Hub.

What have we achieved so far?

  • Through the Hub, Our Watch has begun working with key stakeholders across governments and community organisations to understand upcoming prevention activities. This will inform its work on improving the coordination of activities nationally.
  • Our Watch delivered an initial ‘reflections report’ in June 2020, outlining gaps, opportunities, learnings and emerging themes in prevention.
  • Our Watch has developed a strategic approach and implementation plan for sector forums, and an evaluation plan for the National Primary Prevention Hub in the second half of 2020.
  • Our Watch finalised and published the Prevention Toolkit for Local Government in July 2020, and promoted the toolkit at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Conference in November 2020.
  • Our Watch has completed scoping and mapping of the existing prevention workforce to inform future activity and has completed 44 consultations with external stakeholders.
  • Our Watch delivered the first National Primary Prevention Report in September 2020 and the second National Primary Prevention Report in March 2021.
  • Our Watch held seven Prevention Hub Sector Forums between December 2020 and July 2021.
  • Our Watch has published two reports on primary prevention.
    • The first report was published in February 2021,and provided an overview of prevention around Australia and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on prevention.
    • The second report, published in September 2021, focused on exploring collaboration, networks and techniques for effective practice.
  • Our Watch held five National Primary Prevention Hub Sector forums between December 2020 and October 2021
    • Forums covered a range of topics including promising practice in prevention, primary prevention in Queensland and the role of men and masculinities in prevention
  • Our Watch finalised and published the Prevention Toolkit for Local Government in July 2020, and promoted it at an Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Conference in November 2020.

What is next?

  • Our Watch will continue convening a series of sector forums to share and co-ordinate information in 2021-22.
  • Our Watch will develop a further two national primary prevention reports to be delivered over the life of the National Primary Prevention Hub.
  • Our Watch will develop and deliver evidence based, prevention workforce development activities.
  • The National Primary Prevention Hub will be evaluated in 2022.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcomes of the Hub are:

  • Primary prevention activities are better coordinated.
  • Sectors and communities have increased capacity and capability in primary prevention.
  • Prevention activities have an increased focus on intersectionality to improve reach and impact.

An evaluation framework and indicators was developed in the activity design phase to align with Counting on Change – a guide to prevention monitoring.

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