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Can J Public Health. 2012 Feb 1;103(7 Suppl 1):eS15-9.

Health in All Policies: evaluating the South Australian approach to intersectoral action for health.

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South Australian Community Health Research Unit, Flinders University.



Health in All Policies (HiAP) has been promoted as a means of embedding concern for health impacts in the policy-making process. In South Australia, specific structures and processes to achieve this have been developed and tested.


The HiAP approach is designed to engage policy officers and managers in all sectors of government.


South Australia, one of six Australian states, which operates under a system of cabinet government. There are 15 government departments.


The primary mechanism of the South Australian HiAP approach is the health lens analysis (HLA) - an intersectoral, partnership process drawing on public health research methods. It has been applied to three separate public policy issues: water security, digital technology and migration.


Evaluation findings to date suggest that the HLAs have resulted in the following: increased understanding by policy-makers of the impact of their work on health outcomes; changes in policy direction; development and dissemination of policy-relevant research; greater understanding and stronger partnerships between health and other government departments; and a positive disposition toward employing health lens analyses in future work.


There have long been calls for intersectoral action in order to achieve public policy supportive of positive health outcomes. Evaluation to date suggests that the HLA is a promising means of moving the agenda from policy rhetoric to policy action.


health policy; public policy; public sector

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