Our public health policy work is both evidence based and member led.

We do policy work to achieve the following objectives:

  • To provide advice for improvements in policy and practice
  • To make sure the voice of the Director of Public Health is being heard by policymakers
  • To champion public health and advocate for its value
  • To support Directors of Public Health in their local work

Our policy work is predominantly carried out through our network of Policy Advisory Groups. Our Policy Advisory Group consists of members interested in a particular topic who advise us on policy issues, inform our policy lines and share best practice.

Our member’s policy priorities for 2017/18 are sexual health, tobacco, alcohol and obesity.

We have recently published a set of eight policy position statements on key topics, which outline our member’s views and recommendations, alongside a narrative document exploring our vision for the public health system. These documents are available to view here.

We are part of the following coalition groups to which we contribute regularly:

We often work in collaboration with other organisations to carry out policy work. A full list of our partners can be found here.

Our most recent work can be found on the right under ADPH Updates. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please use our search function (above) or contact us.

Links to work by specific topic areas are below:


Air Pollution and Climate Change

Alcohol and Drugs

Children and Young People


Mental Health


Sexual and Reproductive Health