Wellbeing SA will oversee community-wide health and prevention services for all South Australians. It is envisaged Wellbeing SA will lead innovative system change to embed prevention across the life course and disease continuum, to improve physical, mental and social wellbeing and reduce the preventable burden of disease.
This rebalancing of the health system will mean a significant change from a system that focuses on treating people when they become unwell, to one that is based on promoting physical, mental and social wellbeing, preventing ill health and supporting people to maintain wellbeing and lead healthier lives.
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Establishment of Wellbeing SA
Initial establishment of Wellbeing SA has commenced within the Department for Health and Wellbeing, and work will be undertaken to support its establishment as an Attached Office.
Lyn Dean has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, and initial teams have been assigned to support further planning and progression of the Wellbeing SA model, as well as operational and staffing structures.
The model for Wellbeing SA will be developed over the coming six months, and will include information about its vision, goals, approaches, functions and outcomes. As the model is developed, further information will be released about implementation tranches and timeframes to reach Wellbeing SA’s full establishment.
It is anticipated that over the next 12 to 18 months, Wellbeing SA will progressively become responsible for:
- system leadership in prevention, the collection and use of data and evidence to inform practice and out of hospital strategies and services funding approaches and services for prevention, health promotion and hospital avoidance
- working collaboratively with community and stakeholders to impact physical, mental and social wellbeing and coordination of care
- supporting the implementation of evidence based approaches for health promotion and integrated community based health care
- focusing on priority settings and priority population groups who experience poorer health outcomes and are at higher risk of preventable hospital admissions.
Wellbeing SA will evolve over time to ensure it can best support the health and wellbeing of South Australians.
Opportunities for stakeholder engagement will be provided in relation to how Wellbeing SA will undertake its role, as work progresses, as well as in relation to development of its strategic plan.
As part of its role, Wellbeing SA will broker collaborations involving Local Health Networks, Primary Health Networks, general practitioners, non-government organisations and the private sector.