Generation Queensland (GenQ) is a vision that sees children born today experiencing better health outcomes than the generations of Queenslanders before them. GenQ is for every child.

Our opportunity

  • A whole-of-government response to the challenges and lack of fairness that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • By applying a collective, equity-informed approach, a generational shift can be achieved to better the health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders, particularly children and young people.

The case for change

  • Projected obesity rates indicate that children born in 2023 may have a reduction in life expectancy of between 0.6 and 4.1 years.[1]
  • The median age of death in Brisbane is 82 years; yet in parts of Far North Queensland it is 51 years. That’s a difference of 31 years in the same state.[2]
  • Overweight and obesity rates of First Nations children aged 10-14 are almost double that of non-First Nations Children in the same age group.[3]
  • The drivers and costs of inequity exist across the system.
  • These are systemic challenges and they require systemic responses:
    • It’s time to bring systems together to align drivers and policy innovations across government.
    • Energise and engage across sectors.
    • Engage the voices of lived experience from the community. 

Working together across




HWQld has worked with stakeholders and funded research to guide the development of 4 major government strategies that will be key to ensuring better health for the kids of tomorrow. These strategies are to be delivered across government and in partnership with many stakeholders to be able to reach all parts of Queensland. These strategies include:

Queensland Obesity
Prevention Strategy

 An ambitious strategy to shift the systems which are not supportive of healthy weight and do more to better support and empower Queenslanders to be able to live healthy lives.  

This strategy is being co-informed and co-developed with a variety of stakeholders across government, community and industry to be reflective of Queensland’s diverse population and unique challenges and needs.  

The first strategic document, in development now, sets out plans for:  

  • A phased and considered approach to systems change across a 10+10 year horizon  
  • Coordinating evidence-based and community-informed action across government, sectors and communities 
  • Foundational actions for the first two years (2023-25). 
Learn more about our plan

To make your healthy happen take a look at a variety of programs that HWQld is funding in the community.  On our website you can also find a variety of healthy recipes the whole family will enjoy.  

Remote Food Security
Strategy and Action Plan

A strategy and a suite of actions focused on improving remote food insecurity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Torres Strait, Cape York and Lower Gulf regions of Queensland. 

  • The Strategy and Action Plan will be based on learnings from a series of roundtable discussions focussed on remote food security and the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Food Pricing and Food Security in Remote Communities.  
  • We are collaborating with partners and stakeholders to ensure the guiding document and related actions are feasible, relevant and sustainable; and that they support resilient, stable and food-secure communities.  
Learn more about our plan

Queensland Equity Framework

Shifting the social conditions for all communities, families and individuals to flourish. 

What opportunities do government, non-government and communities have to help change the unfair and avoidable barriers that mean some people start from circumstances that don’t give them the best chance in life? 

We are combining research, best practice and lived experience to develop an equity framework with actions for tackling inequity across Queensland.  

With a pathway for working together towards equity, we can help to change the conditions that create poor outcomes, as well as support people with what they need. 

See our goal for the next gen

Clinical Prevention Strategy

Bridging the gap between health promotion and clinical healthcare by integrating prevention.  

HWQld is leading a new Clinical Prevention agenda to take pressure off the health system, spanning primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. Clinical Prevention is a new term created by HWQld to describe a systems approach to integrating and embedding prevention into the health system. This will include development of a Queensland Clinical Prevention Strategy which will include: 

  • First 2000 days action plan 
  • Interprofessional Clinical Prevention Training Program 
  • Prevention Program Portal 
  • Research and Measuring Change Framework 
Learn more about what we're doing

To learn about what innovative models of care HWQld is funding visit our programs and Logan Healthy Living Program. 

GenQ vision is supported by a suite of specific actions that will enable easier delivery of the above strategies and help bring together various parts of the preventative health system.

Population Data Platform

Providing insights about health and wellbeing outcomes and drivers. 

Grants Scheme

Generating evidence-based and innovative ideas to improve population health and wellbeing.

Community Insights Panel

Capturing the lived experience of Queenslanders to help shape policies and programs. 

Health and Wellbeing Centre for Research Innovation

Conducting innovative and high impact transdisciplinary research. 


1. Impact of Obesity on Life Expectancy in Queensland, October 2022, Report 1.

2. Based on Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU), Torrens University Australia material from: Social Health Atlas of Australia: Local Government Areas (online) 2018. Accessed 18 January 2022 [/socialhealthatlases/data#social-health-atlas-of-australia-local-government-areas].

3. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2020) Overweight and obesity: an interactive insight.

Last updated 11 October 2023