PDF 4.74 MB
The South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (the Act) and State Public Health Plan introduce the concept of Public Health Partner Authorities (PHPAs).
Research has demonstrated the strong connections between contact with nature and human health and wellbeing, including physical and psychological health, and social and cultural wellbeing.
The Department for Environment and Water and the Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW) have a long-standing relationship around many issues, and a history of successfully collaborating on a number of policy areas of mutual interest.
The aim of this Public Health Partnership is to set out the parameters for collaboration between the health and environment sectors, and provides a basis to work in partnership to build the public value of parks in South Australia, and improve the health and wellbeing of populations through a combination of broad policies, programs and targeted initiatives.
A key outcome of this partnership has been the development and implementation of the Healthy Parks Healthy People SA approach administered through Green Adelaide and Wellbeing SA. Healthy Parks Healthy People SA is a nature-based approach for simultaneously improving population health and environmental outcomes - enabling the environment and health sectors to work more closely together and focus resources towards implementing innovative approaches to health and wellbeing and conservation.
The framework Healthy Parks Healthy People South Australia 2021 - 2026: Making Contact with Nature, Second Nature (PDF 5.7MB) sets out seven focus areas: