AUSTRALIA - Victoria

Fast facts

  • Australians on average consume about 8-9g of salt per day which exceeds the WHO recommended intake of 5g/day
  • Excess salt intake causes high blood pressure, the major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases which kills approximately 43,603 Australians (30% of all deaths) each year
  • Australia has committed to achieving a 30% reduction in average salt intake by 2025

Partners

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)

Deakin University, Australia

National Heart Foundation, Australia

Baker IDI

Kidney Health Australia

National Stroke Foundation, Australian

The George Institute for Global Health

Funding Partners

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)

 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The George Institute for Global Health

 

Background

  • Salt is consumed in excess in Victoria (around 8g/day), and it was estimated that almost 1 in 20 deaths in 2010 were attributable to high salt intake
  • Achieving the WHO recommended intake in Victoria has the potential to save around 800 lives and 50 million dollars in healthcare costs alone each year
  • In 2014, a review of the evidence for state-led salt reduction initiatives prepared by the George Institute for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (Vichealth) highlighted the opportunities for action which led to the establishment of the VicHealth Salt Reduction Partnership

Aims

  • The goal of the project is to achieve a 1g/day reduction in average salt intake of adults and children in Victoria by 2018
  • The project also aims to attain commitment and consensus from public, governments and industry to take action to reduce population salt intake in Victoria

Methods

The five key elements of the strategy include:

  • (1) Building strong partnerships between governments, non-government organizations, the food industry, the media, and  the Victorian public
  • (2)  Raising public awareness to influence behaviour towards salt
  • (3) Strengthening existing policies that create a supportive environment for lowering salt intake
  • (4)  Developing innovative approaches to work with the food industry
  • (5)  Undertaking research monitoring and evaluation

Impact

  • By showing what can be achieved at a state level in Victoria, The George Institute will be well-placed to support other states and territories in Australia and other countries around the world in achieving a reduction in salt intake