An analysis of local government health policy against state priorities and a social determinants framework
Geoffrey R Browne, Melanie T Davern, Billie Giles-Corti
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2016
OBJECTIVE: Victorian local governments are required to develop Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans that incorporate state-level health planning priorities and address the social determinants of health. This paper describes a novel method for evaluating councils' performance against these requirements. METHODS: Deductive content analysis was used to categorise all actions in 14 local government MPHWPs against Victorian state priorities as well as against social determinants of health policy areas. RESULTS: More than 1,000 actions were identified. However, fewer than half directly addressed a state priority, with many actions addressing policy areas known to be broader determinants of ..View full abstract
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The authors thank Iain Butterworth and Adrienne Campbell from the North and West Metro Region (Victorian Department of Health) and Helen Jordan from the Centre for Health Policy, University of Melbourne who provided helpful comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. GB is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award and scholarship support from the North-West Region of the Department of Health; and BGC by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (#1004900).