“Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.” – WHO Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. Simply put, health promotion is about keeping healthy people healthy, promoting positive wellbeing and reducing preventable illness.
The roles of the Health Promotion staff at OEHCSA are focused on supporting members to plan, action and evaluate collaborative health promotion activities for improved community health and wellbeing outcomes. OEHCSA members have set three priority health and wellbeing issues for the catchment:
- Promoting Access to Nutritious Food
- Alcohol Use and Misuse
- Prevention of Violence Against Women
Our work in health promotion is guided by the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019. This plan sets out the Victorian government’s priorities and vision to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians. It articulates the government’s vision for a Victoria free of the avoidable burden of disease and injury, so that all Victorians can enjoy the highest attainable standards of health, wellbeing, and participation at every age.
The Victorian plan focuses on encouraging healthy living from the early years and throughout life.
Clients with multiple and sometimes complex needs require multiple health services from a range of programs and service providers. This requires a coordinated approach that ensures services work together to achieve improved health outcomes for patients.
We are working to strengthen the primary health system to deliver health care that is person-centred, accessible and timely.
- Developing a shared understanding about the existing barriers to accessing health care
- Using the consumer experience to guide the identification of service integration issues and required system changes
- Achieving greater consistency in referral, information sharing and discharge processes
- Supporting agencies to implement identified improvements and system change
- Develop agreed ways for measuring success and change