Regional Public Health planning and implementation
The Local Government Relations and Policy Team are working with the SA Health funded Local Government Association (LGA) Public Health Program and also directly with Local Councils to build the public health planning system.
This occurs through:
- direct liaison, support and information to Councils and planning clusters
- the development of support resources
- the analysis of plans to identify common areas of action
- capacity building activities including workshops and training
- Public health awareness
Regional Public Health Plans (RPHPs)
Section 51 of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, requires Local Councils to prepare and maintain a RPHP that is consistent with the State Public Health Plan and responds to the public health challenges within the local area or region.
All 68 Councils across South Australia have developed RPHPs. In the first phase of public health planning in South Australia, 20 Councils have chosen to plan alone and 48 Councils have chosen to plan regionally (ranging from groups of 2 to 8 Councils).There are a total of 31 RPHPs for this cycle (12 metropolitan and 19 regional plans).
In developing their RPHPs, Councils:
- assessed the state of public health in their region
- identified existing and potential public health risks
- identified opportunities and strategies for promoting public health
The Act recognises the shared responsibilities for Public Health, across State and Local Government but also other agencies and Non-Government Organisations in a partnership approach. Councils are at various stages of implementation of these Regional Public Health Plans in partnership with stakeholders.
The current reporting period for RPHP implementation is 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2018.
Reports are due to the Chief Public Health Officer by 30 September 2018.
For further information, please contact the Local Government Relations and Policy Team on:
- Phone: (08) 8226 7957.