Health promotion

Adelaide Recommendations on Healthy Public Policy

Second International Conference on Health Promotion, Adelaide, South Australia, 5-9 April 1988

Future Challenges

  • Ensuring an equitable distribution of resources even in adverse economic circumstances is a challenge for all nations.
  • Health for All will be achieved only if the creation and preservation of healthy living and working conditions become a central concern in all public policy decisions. Work in all its dimensions - caring work, opportunities for employment, quality of working life - dramatically affects people's health and happiness. The impact of work on health and equity needs to be explored.
  • The most fundamental challenge for individual nations and international agencies in achieving healthy public policy is to encourage collaboration (or developing partnerships) in peace, human rights and social justice, ecology, and sustainable development around the globe.
  • In most countries, health is the responsibility of bodies at different political levels. In the pursuit of better health it is desirable to find new ways for collaboration within and between these levels.
  • Healthy public policy must ensure that advances in health-care technology help, rather than hinder, the process of achieving improvements in equity.

The Conference strongly recommends that the World Health Organization continue the dynamic development of health promotion through the five strategies described in the Ottawa Charter. It urges the World Health Organization to expand this initiative throughout all its regions as an integrated part of its work. Support for developing countries is at the heart of this process.

Renewal of Commitment

In the interests of global health, the participants at the Adelaide Conference urge all concerned to reaffirm the commitment to a strong public health alliance that the Ottawa Charter called for.

EXTRACT FROM THE REPORT ON THE ADELAIDE CONFERENCE * HEALTHY PUBLIC POLICY, 2nd International Conference on Health Promotion April 5-9, 1988 Adelaide South Australia

* Co-sponsored by the Department of Community Services & Health, Canberra, Australia and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark.