Evaluation of a national health promotion program in South Australia

Frances Baum, Barbara Santich, Barry Craig, Charlie Murray

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    This paper reports the findings of the evaluation of the South Australian component of the National Better Health Program. The evaluation used analysis of focus-group interviews and key documents to assess the value of the state program. The evaluation demonstrated that for a relatively small investment ($2.4 million was allocated to the project over four years, representing only 0.5 per cent of the annual budget for teaching hospitals in South Australia), much can be achieved by harnessing the energy of local communities. The evaluation concluded that more attention should be directed to structural changes, with an emphasis on collaboration across sectors, and community participation. Some key issues for the planning and implementation of health promotion were highlighted: the challenge of marrying local initiatives based on community development with national health promotion objectives; the importance of dedicated and assured funding; the need for increased training and support for health promotion workers; and the importance of continuing a focus on equity in the implementation of health promotion. The paper concludes by questioning the value of the current Australian goals, targets and strategies for health, given the findings from this evaluation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-49
    Number of pages9
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1996


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