Wellbeing SA was formally established as an independent government agency in January 2020 in an exciting step towards a significant and renewed focus on prevention in South Australia.
Our establishment delivered the State Government’s commitment to ensure a renewed focus and action on prevention. This commitment is outlined in the South Australian Government’s policies Better Prevention for a Healthy South Australia and Targeted Health Prevention.
The ideas and enthusiasm of public health stakeholders and the community have been crucial to Wellbeing SA’s establishment and design. Planning commenced in late 2018, with a series of consultation discussions involving over 150 individuals and organisations including community members, academics, non-government organisations, professional associations, local government, and representatives from across South Australian Government Departments.
From these consultations, a model for Wellbeing SA’s development was produced outlining agency approaches, outcomes and principles. The Wellbeing SA Strategic Plan 2020-2025 was also informed by this model and initial co-design process.
In January 2020, Wellbeing SA was formally proclaimed as a new agency, attached to the Department for Health and Wellbeing. In August 2020, the Wellbeing SA Strategic Plan was released by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing.
Since its establishment, Wellbeing SA has been working to lead the system change required to better support health and wellbeing, rebalance the health and wellbeing system, and embed prevention across the life course of all South Australians.