Principles of practice

Eight principles of practice underpin working in health promoting ways.

These principles reinforce a holistic approach to health promotion.  They are all equal in value and are often interdependent on one another.

The principles come from national and state policies, directions and strategic plans, and consultation with health and community services staff. They are essential to health promotion because they provide actions for preventive health and health promotion interventions.

The principles have their foundations in:

  • the World Health Organization Declaration of Alma Ata,
  • the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion,
  • the Jakarta Declaration on Leading Health Promotion into the 21st Century, and
  • the Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion in a Globalised World.