The South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (SAPH Act) provides a statutory framework for State and local governments to protect the public health of the community, prevent illness, disease and injury and promote conditions to support community wellbeing.
The Act recognises councils as the Public Health Authority for their area and Section 51 requires councils to develop Regional Public Health Plans, which have regard to issues identified in the State Public Health Plan and which respond to local needs and priorities.
The LGA secretariat, in collaboration with SA Health and informed by council feedback has developed a resource to assist councils (or groups of councils) in preparing and maintaining a RPHP.
The draft Guide to Regional Public Health Planning aims to inform councils on the scope and principles of public health planning and the process and components of good planning practice to support greater consistency amongst SA Councils.
It seeks to support member councils in taking action to preserve, protect and promote public health and wellbeing within its area.
This resource is based on best practice, evidence and learnings from the first cycle of regional public health planning. The LGA are seeking further feedback and comments. Your input will be valuable in shaping the final version of the guide.
The draft guideline can be accessed here.
Please direct any feedback to:
Belinda Caruana, Senior Policy Officer – Public Health
Tel: 8224 2051 or firstname.lastname@example.org