Population health in the Peninsula Model
Population health is an approach to planning that is focused on the health of populations rather than the health of individuals. The aims of population health planning are to:
- Improve the health and wellbeing of whole populations
- Reduce inequities between specific population groups
Planning in population health is focused on the interrelated conditions and factors that influence the health of populations, so it involves many sectors such as education, local government, health, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and early childhood. Population health work involves data from a wide range of sources that is synthesized to understand the patterns of poor health and what causes them.
Population health analysis informs the planning undertaken by the Peninsula Model so that it is comprehensive and takes account of the social determinants of health (or socio-economic, environmental, cultural and political factors) that shape the health and wellbeing of communities and populations. Population health planning is grounded in cross-sector and community partnerships so the Peninsula Model is an ideal platform for planning. The information provided by the Population Health Centre at FMPML informs primary health sector reforms and health promotion and prevention actions which the Peninsula Model partners undertake collaboratively.
How the Peninsula Model demonstrates best practice in population health planning
The Peninsula Model seeks to guide and be guided by evidence based population health thinking and practice:
- The planning approach is based on explicit values, the social model of health and health equity as the foundations for policy and programs
- There is recognition of the determinants of health and is collaboration with relevant health and non-health sectors and government departments for policy, program and service development work
- The Peninsula Model Alliances are developing their understanding of the role of various sectors and stakeholders in addressing those determinants
- Through consumer engagement, we are continuously improving our engagement with communities of interest
- Alliances are using population health knowledge and evidence to inform multi-sectoral actions with an outcomes focus
- Workplans are developed by each Alliance to link planning to outcomes, priority setting and program planning
- There is a plan for capacity building of relevant staff in population health thinking and planning through education and training