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Health in All Policies

The South Australian approach

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is about promoting healthy public policy and is based on the understanding that health is not merely the product of health care activities, but is influenced by a wide range of social, economic, political, cultural and environmental determinants of health. Actions to address complex, multi-faceted ‘wicked problems’ such as preventable chronic disease and health care expenditure require joined-up policy responses.

The South Australian Health in All Policies initiative is an approach to working across government to better achieve public policy outcomes and simultaneously improve population health and wellbeing.

Established in 2007, the successful implementation of Health in All Policies in South Australia has been supported by a high level mandate from central government, an overarching framework which is supportive of a diverse program of work, a commitment to work collaboratively and in partnership across agencies, and a strong evaluation process.

The South Australian Health in All Policies model seeks to build strong intersectoral relationships across government and facilitate policy work of mutual benefit to the health sector and the partnering sector. By incorporating a focus on population health into the policy development process of different agencies, the government is able to better address the social determinants of health in a systematic manner.

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