Background of the Health in All Policies concept
The Health in All Policies (HiAP) concept originated in Europe. It has been incorporated into the latest European Health Strategy and is progressively being implemented by all member countries of the European Union.
Health in All Policies was the principal recommendation of Professor Kickbusch as the 2007 Adelaide Thinker in Residence. Professor Ilona Kickbusch is an internationally renowned public health, health promotion and global health expert. She proposed that a HiAP approach would provide a strategic mechanism to achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes and at the same time assist in achieving the targets of South Australia’s Strategic Plan (SASP).
HiAP is an innovation that South Australia has introduced to further its commitment to joined-up government. Importantly, the South Australian Health in All Policies approach extends the European HiAP work to strengthen the focus on improving health and wellbeing through the achievement of the goals of other sectors, and contributes to bridging the gap between theory and practice.