The Health Lens Analysis (HLA) is a key feature of the Health in All Policies (HiAP) model and is an emerging methodology used by the South Australian government to translate the HiAP concept into action.
It outlines a series of steps that can be practically applied to South Australian Strategic Plan (SASP) targets by a range of government agencies.
HiAP aims to identify key interactions and synergies between SASP targets, policies and strategies and population health and wellbeing.
A range of well established methodologies and tools are used to examine these connections in a rigorous and systematic manner.
There are five essential elements included in the health lens analysis process that underpin its effectiveness and ability to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes:
Engage: establishing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with other sectors. Determine agreed policy focus.
Gather evidence: establishing impacts between health and the policy area under focus, and identifying evidence-based solutions or policy options.
Generate: producing a set of policy recommendations and a final report that are jointly owned by all partner agencies.
Navigate: Helping to steer the recommendations through the decision-making process.
Evaluate: Determining the effectiveness of the health lens.
The Health in All Policies unit works collaboratively with representatives from a number of government departments (partner agencies) on Health Lens Analysis (HLA) projects. The projects are based around South Australia’s Strategic Plan targets or other key government priorities.
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