People are empowered to improve their health and wellbeing

Wellness can help people take greater control of their health.  It improves wellbeing, quality of life, independence and participation in life.  Studies have shown that the main causes of wellness (or illness), are factors associated with people’s everyday lives.  These factors influence and impact their wellbeing and ability to make healthy choices.People are empowered to improve their health and wellbeing highlight image

A Wellness focused approach identifies needs, aspirations, and goals.  It acknowledges and builds on strengths and focus on:

  • Person-centred care
  • Engaging people as partners in their own care
  • Supporting shared decision-making, ensuring roles and responsibilities are clear

What is meant by 'person-centred care'?

Person-centred care means being respectful and responsive to people’s preferences, needs and values. Care and treatment is considered in the context of people’s lives and what matters to them.

What is meant by 'engaging people as partners in their own care’?

Recognising that people are the experts in their own life and working with them as a partnership through their care journey.

What is meant by 'shared decision-making'?

Shared decision-making involves discussion and cooperation between a person and their healthcare provider.  It is about bringing together people’s values, goals and preferences.  Combined with the best available evidence about benefits, risks, and uncertainties of treatment.  By sharing information, the most appropriate healthcare decisions for that person can be made.

Improving our health and community services

To partner with people in their health, we need to ensure our health system is accessible, responsive and safe.

Cultural respect

Providing culturally respectful healthcare is a vital step towards improving health for Aboriginal people. Find out more here including access to a free e-learning module

Anticipatory Care

Anticipatory care is a population approach to health care.  It identifies and supports people who are at risk of developing ongoing health conditions with the aim of preventing or slowing down ill-health.  Anticipatory Care is about partnering with communities to ensure that we help people who often miss out on health care.  Learn more about anticipatory care.


Self-management tools and programs help people gain practical skills for living with ongoing health conditions. Learn more about self-management.