The South Australian (SA) Health in All Policies (HiAP) initiative provides a framework and mandate for intersectoral policy work on the social determinants of health. Participation in decent and meaningful employment is a key social determinant of health, and is also an important strategy to promote ‘active ageing’ in the population. This paper reports on an intersectoral project undertaken by the Health In All Policies Unit and Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSA LHN) in collaboration with Flinders University’s SA Community Health Research Unit and Southgate Institute for Health Society and Equity. The project Active Ageing and Employment in Regional South Australia aims to identify policy levers to increase the workforce retention and re-entry for rural people aged 45+. The project is designed to do this by building the capacity of the regional health workforce to address the social determinants of health in collaboration with agencies outside of the health system. The project partners have adopted a ‘learning by doing’ strategy with the focus on employment and ageing.
Presented at the 12th Rural Health Conference, Adelaide, 7-10 April 2013 http://nrha.org.au/12nrhc/
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