HPA is a Crown entity established on 1 July 2012 under legislation to lead and support national health promotion initiatives. It has a board appointed by the Minister of Health, and staff in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
In addition to national health promotion initiatives, HPA performs all functions previously undertaken by the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) and the Health Sponsorship Council (HSC).
Stroke is New Zealand's third largest killer. The aim of the FAST campaign is to raise awareness that stroke is a medical emergency and to learn the FAST mnemonic.