The South Australian Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020 - 2025

The Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020 – 2025 (PDF 4MB) informs the work, priorities and direction for the public health system for the next five years. This new direction emphasises the importance of keeping people healthy and refocuses our energy on prevention, promotion and early intervention initiatives, as well as expanding our service capacity in community settings to support people to avoid unnecessary interactions with the hospital sector.

Building on the previous SA Health Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020, there is a stronger focus on delivering better public health services to the community. It supports greater accountability at the local service level, delivery of more out-of-hospital services and greater emphasis on investing in the right areas to reduce the pressures on the health system.

The strategy comes from deep analysis of our current and growing demands, along with extensive community and stakeholder consultation and seeks to inform the work of DHW, the 10 LHNs, Statewide Clinical Support Services, SAAS, SA Dental Service, Prison Health and DASSA.

As our State grows we will move to a health system that is innovative and where technology and research is valued and supported. It will also recognise and accommodate our people’s diversity to ensure that outcomes are measured and transparently reported. The health workforce will be appropriately trained, motivated and supported to deliver exemplary services to communities. The Strategy sets out our intention to build these capabilities quickly.

This is a long-term strategy but we are committed to a flexible, agile implementation that will be measured and adapted to ensure we deliver on our commitments to all South Australians.


Public consultation

In the development of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020 – 2025 (PDF 4MB), interested members of the community were invited to share their thoughts on an initial summary framework, through the State Government YourSAy online consultation hub.

We received just under 200 completed surveys and feedback forms and this has been analysed and incorporated in the development of the Strategy.

A summary of that feedback can be viewed here:

Summary of Feedback - South Australian Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2024 Summary Framework (PDF 1MB)

Internal SA Health consultation

As part of the ongoing development of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020 - 2025 (PDF 4MB), Local Health Network (LHN) workshops, including separate sessions SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) Statewide Clinical Support Services (SCSS) were held. Summaries of those workshops can be viewed here:

Stakeholder consultation

A System Wide Health and Wellbeing Strategy workshop was held in November 2018 to seek a diverse range of stakeholder views around the key themes, issues and challenges that had been identified through our research. We also explored priorities and future strategies to optimise health outcomes for the South Australian community.

These sessions brought together a diverse group of stakeholders including clinicians, consumers, senior SA Health managers and executives, representatives from the research and education sector, NGO service providers, as well as government partner agencies from police, energy & mining, environment & water, education and the Auditor General’s department attended

The following presentations informed the workshop conversations:

Two interactive group table sessions provided valuable insights that have contributed to the final Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Those summaries can be viewed here:

Further information

For more information about the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020 - 2025 contact