The first Research Forum for the NHMRC funded project ‘Does a Health in All Policies approach improve health, well-being and equity?’ was held on Tuesday 10th December 2013. This project is examining the adoption and implementation of a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach in South Australia. The Forum was well attended by public servants, academics, students and staff from community based organisations. The Forum also included presentations from Investigators and project staff who shared emerging findings from the research. The Forum also included discussion about the international application of Health in All Policies approaches with a presentation by Professor Jennie Popay (University of Lancaster). Jennie explained the research that she is undertaking to examine Health in All Policies responses to health inequities in the north west of England. Following round table discussions which involved the audience discussing the future application of the HiAP approach, a panel addressed key policy questions. These questions related to the application of Health in All Policies, its role in addressing health equity and possible future developments. The panel included Stephen Christley (SA Health), Sandy Pitcher (SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet), Siobhan Harpur (Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services), Liz Harris (University of New South Wales) and Jennie Popay. Rob Moodie (University of Melbourne) drew on his extensive experience of health promotion and policy throughout the Forum to provide critical reflections on the research. The Forum provided an important opportunity to seek feedback on the emerging findings and to reflect on the future directions of HiAP and the NHMRC research, which is funded until 2016.
The Forum was recorded and a link will soon be posted on the project website. For further information about the project visit: http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/southgate/research/health-equity-and-policy/hiap.cfm or contact firstname.lastname@example.org