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Our approach

Wellbeing SA is a new government agency, established to deliver a renewed focus and action on prevention in South Australia.

In our first five years as an agency, our goal is to lead the system change required to support health and wellbeing and embed prevention across the life course. Longer term, our vision is for a balanced health and wellbeing system that supports improved physical, mental and social wellbeing for all South Australians.

To do this, Wellbeing SA is working across the disease continuum, in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention to:

  • promote wellbeing and prevent risk factors in people who are well
  • identify people who have risk factors or early onset illness to support mitigation, cure or management
  • ensure people living with established disease receive the best care, close to their home and community.

Wellbeing SA is responsible for:

  • Leading – providing system leadership in prevention, the collection and use of data and evidence to inform practice and out of hospital strategies and services.
  • Commissioning – funding approaches and services for prevention, health promotion, early intervention and hospital avoidance.
  • Partnering – working collaboratively with community and stakeholders to impact health, wellbeing and coordination of care.
  • Delivering – supporting the implementation of evidence based approaches for health promotion and integrated community based health care.
  • Prioritising – focusing on priority settings and priority population groups who experience poorer health outcomes and are at higher risk of preventable hospital admissions.

What is a population health approach?

Wellbeing SA takes a population health approach to our work, leading community wide action on the determinants and risk factors of good health and wellbeing, and models for care in the community.

Generally, this means Wellbeing SA’s approach is focused on the health and wellbeing of the community as a whole or specific groups within the community, rather than being focused on providing support or services to individuals.

Across our work, we are acting to reduce disparities in health outcomes and respond to the unique and significant health needs of priority population groups including:

  • South Australia’s Aboriginal population
  • people living in rural and regional South Australia
  • people experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people who identify as LGBTIQ+
  • people with a disability
  • people experiencing mental health issues.

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