The Health Promotion Service is a unit in the Directorate of Planning, Population Health and Equity. We deliver a range of local and state-wide programs and initiatives aimed at optimising the health and wellbeing of the community we serve with a focus on reducing health inequities.
We take a social determinants approach
Our programs and initiatives focus on those most at risk of ill health. We engage and partner with local communities, other service providers and agencies to collectively address the social determinants of health. This means we consider and respond to how society, culture, employment opportunities, housing, education and economics all have an impact on community health and wellbeing.
We foster health-supporting environments
Our place-based initiatives and programs seek to influence the environments in which we live, work, learn and play, as these in turn have a strong influence on our health and wellbeing. Improving the health of places requires collaborating with many government and non-government agencies as well as local communities to enhance opportunities for physical activity, healthy eating, connect with others and reduce health hazards such as noise.
We embed integrated health promotion activities within our services and individual healthcare
The South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) covers a large area with a population of approximately 940,000 residents. How can we achieve greater reach across this large population? Our initiatives encourage and build the capacity of local services and organisations to integrate health promotion activities into their work.
We foster individual health skills across population groups
We deliver and support others to deliver programs to improve the personal health skills of individuals – health knowledge, health literacy and life skills to empower people to live healthier lives.
We are responsible for the local implementation of state-wide health promotion programs that focus on a range of health related risk factors such as smoking during pregnancy, childhood obesity and falls prevention in the community.