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Highlights from the 2017-18 Annual Report for the South Australian Public Health Council
The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report is developed to meet the requirement of Section 23 of the South Australian Public Health Act, 2011 (the Act) to report biennially on the state of public health for South Australia.
The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report 2018-2020 (PDF 3.77MB) is the fifth report, and is titled ‘Promote Protect Prevent Progress’.
The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report 2018-2020 describes the state of public health including current data, trends and indicators. It also shows how SA Health protects and promotes health, prevents and controls disease, and strengthens systems that support public health and wellbeing in South Australia.
The report is supported by the Data Compendium (PDF 4.22MB), and the Compendium of Case Studies, Research and Achievements (PDF 1.67MB). The report:
The report highlights achievements and challenges over the reporting period including major emergencies, including the 2019/20 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. The scale and duration of these major emergencies demonstrates the need for emergency preparedness, and the role of public health in addressing longer-term health, social and environmental impacts.
Despite these two major health crises, there have been substantial achievements in public health in South Australia, including:
However, complex public health challenges continue, including:
The Data Compendium (PDF 4.22MB) provides the most current population health data in South Australia. The data is used to inform the South Australian Public Health Indicator Framework. Statistical tables, figures and maps in the report are linked to data, measures and information held in the Data Compendium. It is a reference source for public health researchers and practitioners.
The Compendium of Case Studies, Research and Achievements (PDF 1.67MB) provides summaries of the case studies that highlight the range of public health action in South Australia over 2018-2020. The compendium expands on these and showcases examples of innovation.