Health Lens Analysis projects

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.

Project collaborations

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.