Public Health Week

Public Health Week 2019 will be held from Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April (aligning with World Health Day on Sunday 7 April).

The theme for Public Health Week 2019, 5 Ways to wellbeing focuses on five easy ways to build a healthier community for all South Australians.

For a list of events being held during Public Health Week visit out 2019 Public Health Week Calendar of Events (PDF 78KB).


Daily themes

Councils and organisations, may choose to align activities during Public Health Week to the daily themes shown below:

  • 8 April — Connect
  • 9 April — Be Active
  • 10 April — Take Notice
  • 11 April — Keep Learning
  • 12 April — Give

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are five simple steps we can all take to protect and improve our mental and physical health and wellbeing by: connecting with the people around us; being active by going for a walk, run, ride, playing games or simply just going outside; taking notice and enjoying the moment, challenging ourselves to keep learning and, giving by doing something nice for someone else.

Ideas for getting involved

SA Health will provide resources and support for Public Health Week. Councils and organisations are encouraged to shape activities and additional communications as needed. Some ideas include:

  • launch or showcase a key public health initiative (e.g. opening of a walking trail, redeveloped park, installation of fitness equipment, new plan or policy)
  • host a special event, display or activity to highlight a significant public health issue
  • order public health resources from SA Health using the order forms below for display and/or distribution to the community
  • promote your public health initiatives by:
    • preparing a media release about Public Health Week and local public health programs, services and achievements
    • posting information on your websites and social media
    • writing an article about Public Health Week or offer inserts for school and other community newsletters.
    • displaying Public Health Week posters and resources in public spaces.

Supporting resources

SA Health has a range of Public Health resources available. These include:

Further information

For more information about Public Health Week 2019, contact SA Health’s Local Government Relations and Policy Team on telephone (08) 8226 7957 or email health.publichealthweek@sa.gov.au.

Public Health Week 2017

Public Health Week 2017 will be held from Monday 3 April to Friday 7 April (aligning with World Health Day on Friday 7 April).

The theme for Public Health Week 2017, Step Up. Be Healthy focuses on the physical as well as metaphorical steps that we can take as policy makers, Councils, communities and individuals, to build a healthier community for all South Australians.

For a full list of events being held during Public Health Week, visit our 2017 Public Health Week events page.


Daily themes

Councils and organisations, may choose to align activities during Public Health Week to the daily themes shown below:

  • 3 April — Step towards a healthier South Australia
  • 4 April — Step towards active living
  • 5 April — Step towards healthy choices
  • 6 April — Step towards healthy kids
  • 7 April — It's not just our physical health……..World Health Day (Theme: Depression)

Public Health Week 2016

Look ‘behind the scenes’ during Public Health Week

Public Health Week 2016 provided a great opportunity to learn more about public health and all the ways it touches your life every day, as well as what you can do to keep safe and well.

For example, public health in South Australia:

  • protects your health
  • prevents illness
  • promotes ways people can achieve and maintain good health and wellbeing
  • is delivered by the State Government, local councils and other organisations, all working together to deal with existing public health issues and to prepare for challenges in the future.


Public Health Week activities

During Public Health Week 2016, there were a range of activities organised by SA Health, the Local Government Association and local councils, including displays, activities and, on Thursday 7 April, a stall in Rundle Mall to mark World Health Day.

Local Councils and Public Health Week

Public Health Week provided opportunities for local councils to showcase their public health initiatives through activities like events, displays and promotions.