The work of the Austrian Health Promotion Fund (German: Fonds Gesundes Österreich, or: FGÖ) is based on the Health Promotion Act passed in 1998 (Gesundheitsförderungsgesetz, GfG). In accordance with its mission, the FGÖ develops and promotes health promotion and primary prevention in Austria. The general objectives set are:
- Maintaining, promoting and improving the health of the population in a holistic sense and at all stages of life.
- Education and information on preventable diseases and physical, mental and social factors affecting health.
Derived from the Health Promotion Act, the FGÖ defines its role in the health promotion landscape as a funding agency, competence centre and turntable. The concrete definition of these interlinked roles, resulting tasks and intended benefits are:
- Funding Agency: The FGÖ is the national funding agency for health promotion projects in Austria.
- Competence centre: In cooperation with stakeholders and actors in health promotion, the FGÖ develops and disseminates knowledge, develops skills and quality in the field of health promotion.
- Turntable: The FGÖ promotes the exchange of practice, science and politics in the field of health promotion.