Does a Health in All Policies approach improve health, well-being and equity?
The Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, in collaboration with SA Health and other South Australian, interstate and international investigators, is undertaking research to examine a policy initiative that is intended to stimulate inter-sectoral action to address social determinants of health. This research will examine the adoption and implementation of the policy initiative, which is called Health in All Policies (HiAP), to determine its effectiveness in motivating action across sectors to improve population health and health equity. This project is funded by the NHMRC until 2016.
Research Forum 2013
The first Research Forum for the NHMRC funded project ‘Does a Health in All Policies approach improve health, well-being and equity?’ was held on Tuesday 10th December 2013. This project is examining the adoption and implementation of a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach in South Australia. The Forum was well attended by public servants, academics, students and staff from community based organisations. Read more
The social determinants of health are a key policy focus for governments seeking to improve population health and curb burgeoning health care budgets. Since 2008 the South Australian (SA) Government has developed and implemented a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach to the development of healthy public policy. This research project is examining the adoption and implementation of a HiAP approach to determine its effectiveness. To do this the project is developing methodological and theoretical tools to meet the complex challenges of evaluating and better understanding complex policy processes. The project comprises both retrospective analysis of the development of the SA HiAP approach, and prospective, theory driven action research on the ongoing implementation of HiAP.
- To what extent is the SA HiAP approach an effective method of building healthy public policy in order to modify the determinants of population health, well-being and health equity?
- To what extent does the application of policy agenda setting and implementation theory explain the strengths and weakness of the HiAP model as a means of bringing about action on the determinants of health, well-being and health equity across sectors of government?
- How effective is the combination of a program logic and action research as a framework for determining the impact of a complex multi-sectoral policy initiative on population health?