Welcome to Working in Health Promoting Ways

Working in Health Promoting Ways (WiHPW) is a health promotion resource for health and community workers to help them work together to address the causes of ill health, reduce the burden of chronic conditions and create a more sustainable health system.

The vision is Wellness.  Wellness nurtures, supports and sustains health and wellbeing by using a holistic approach to considering what might be happening for them, including emotionally, financially, physically, socially and spiritually.

Principles of Practice

There are eight Principles of Practice for working in health promoting ways.Working in Health Promoting Ways diagram

  • Evidence informed practice
  • Determinants of health
  • Equity
  • Partnerships
  • A connected approach
  • Systems change
  • Supportive environments
  • Engaging people

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Health Literacy

Health literacy is how a person can find, understand, make decisions and act on health information.  How community and health organisations are set up and how we communicate as healthcare providers can make it easier for people to find and access health information.

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Priority Areas

There are seven identified Priority Areas for health promotion action.

  • More active communities, more active people
  • Nutritious, safe and affordable food
  • Positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Less use and harm from tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
  • Safer environments to reduce personal harm
  • Positive sexual health and wellbeing
  • People are empowered to improve their health and wellbeing

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