Aboriginal Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2030
The inaugural South Australian Aboriginal Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2030 – Strengthening and promoting the Cultural Determinants of Health and Wellbeing (the Strategy) was released in August 2022 and aims to support and strengthen the Cultural Determinants of Health and Wellbeing:
- Connection to Country
- Indigenous beliefs and knowledges
- Indigenous language
- Family, kinship and community
- Cultural expression and continuity
- Self determination and leadership.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we know good health and wellbeing is more than good nutrition and exercise. Culture, and the ability to practice it, must be strong. Aboriginal people require a culturally appropriate health system, underpinned by policies, programs and services across all sectors, that supports all aspects of health and wellbeing holistically.
The Strategy was developed in consultation with the South Australian Aboriginal community in seven regions during 2021. As an agency, we are committed to continue to work in partnership with the South Australian Aboriginal community and stakeholders, supporting the Aboriginal community to build capacity and drive local action that improves the health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people who call South Australia home.
The Aboriginal Health Promotion team has now begun the process re-engage community to co-design and implement an Action Plan 2023-2026 that delivers, and supports, action against the themes outlined in the Strategy. These were:
- Aboriginal workforce development
- leadership and self determination
- acknowledging the value, and importance, of Aboriginal knowledge
- addressing racism and promoting cultural safety.