The establishment of Wellbeing SA, as a new agency separate to the Department for Health and Wellbeing, is an exciting step towards a significant and renewed focus on prevention in South Australia. Wellbeing SA has a long-term vision to create a balanced health and wellbeing system that supports improved physical, mental and social wellbeing for all South Australians.
Using a population health approach, Wellbeing SA will lead community-wide action on the determinants and risk factors of good health and wellbeing and models for care in the community.
Wellbeing SA will work across the disease continuum in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention to lead the system change required to support health and wellbeing and embed prevention across the life course. This will mean a significant change from a system that focuses on treating people when they become unwell, to one that is based on promoting wellbeing, preventing ill health and supporting people to maintain wellbeing and lead healthier lives.
Establishment of Wellbeing SA
Wellbeing SA was established as a new agency, attached to the Department for Health and Wellbeing, in January 2020.
Lyn Dean has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Wellbeing SA, which has three Directorates:
The Prevention and Population Health Directorate works to build better health outcomes and avoid or defer the onset of preventable disease and disabilities using population data and best-practice to develop evidence-based prevention and health promotion strategies.
The Integrated Care Systems Directorate works across the health system to build innovative, evidence informed and integrated care and partnerships to deliver improved health outcomes for South Australians.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Directorate works to strengthen and support the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians. It also supports the three Mental Health Commissioners in their work to implement the South Australian Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022.
Wellbeing SA will:
Lead – provide system leadership in prevention, the collection and use of data and evidence to inform practice and out of hospital strategies and services.
Commission – fund approaches and services for prevention, health promotion, early intervention and hospital avoidance.
Partner – work collaboratively with community and stakeholders to impact health and wellbeing and coordination of care.
Deliver – support the implementation of evidence-based approaches for health promotion and integrated community-based health care.
Prioritise – focus on priority settings and priority population groups who experience poorer health outcomes and are at higher risk of preventable hospital admissions.
Wellbeing SA has a long-term vision to create a balanced health and wellbeing system that supports improved physical, mental and social wellbeing for all South Australians.
The Plan outlines the five year goal for the agency to lead the system change required to support health and wellbeing and embed prevention across the life course. There are three priority focus areas:
The early years
Mental health and wellbeing and suicide prevention
Chronic disease, integrated care and injury prevention.
Underpinning the Plan and the work of Wellbeing SA are four strategic enablers:
Community engagement and participation
Evidence based action
Implementation of the Plan will be in partnership with the community and stakeholders and include the delivery of priority actions to achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes for South Australians.
Over 250 staff, community members and organisations contributed to the development of the Wellbeing SA Strategic Plan, through workshops and written submissions.
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