Under the provisions of the South Australian Public Health Act (2011) Councils are required to develop Regional Public Health Plans for protecting and improving the public health of their communities. Councils have now completed their first plans under this scheme. Many Councils have expressed an interest in understanding further how public health planning could be more integrated into strategic management planning under the Local Government Act 1999. The Act provides an option for public health planning to be incorporated into planning processes under section 122 of the Local Government Act.
n response to this the LGA, in partnership with SA Health, has engaged a consultancy team to explore and develop guidance and advice about how integrated planning may be undertaken.
This 6 month project will explore integrated planning and development processes, appropriate documentation as well as governance and coordination arrangements for the implementation of integrated plans.
The consulting team is led by Danny Broderick. Danny had major responsibility in developing and implementing the South Australian Public Health Act. Other members of the team include Declan Moore (former Deputy Chief Executive of West Torrens Council and Local Government nominee on the South Australian Public Health Council, Stuart Boyd (a social planner with broad experience in metropolitan and non-metropolitan Councils) and Dr Chris Reynolds (a highly experienced lawyer specialising in public health and environmental law who provided legal input into the development of the South Australian Public Health Act and was an inaugural member of the South Australian Public Health Council).
The team is interested in exploring Councils’ experience, interests and issues with more integrated approaches to public health planning and will be seeking input over the life of this project. The outcome of this project will be the development of guidance and options for how Councils may undertake more integrated approaches to public health planning as well as recommendations for how Councils may be supported in this task.
Over the coming months Councils will be invited to provide input into this process. Should Councils have specific issues they wish to discuss they are invited to contact Danny Broderick directly on ph 0422005786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information please contact Courtney Bartosak, Public Health Program Manager on 8224 2067 or Courtney.email@example.com.