Innov8 - Equity & Commissioning workshop, Sydney , NSW

Event Information

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 – Thursday, 3 August 2017

Harbourview Hotel, 17 Blue Street, North Sydney

Terry Findlay
Phone: 02 9385 8401
RSVP: Friday, 21 July 2017

Facilitator: Sarah Simpson, Director, EquiACT.

Co-Facilitators: Professor Mark Harris and Mr Terry Findlay.

Innov8 is an eight step review process developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) that examines the equity implications of policies and programs. It does this by identifying ways to make concrete, meaningful and evidence-based actions to make the health programme more equity-oriented, rights-based and gender responsive, while addressing critical social determinants of health influencing programme effectiveness and outcomes. The Innov8 approach has been applied to different national and sub-national health programmes, strategies and activities, for example, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health; non-communicable diseases; communicable diseases; and environmental health and health promotion programmes (see case studies at WHO site).

The principles and practice of commissioning has been introduced into the Australian primary health and social care sectors in recent years.  Specific approaches have been adopted by Primary Health Networks and Local Health Districts are developing commissioning roles that will significant equity implications

This workshop aims to increase our knowledge of the Innov8 approach using commissioning as a current and important area of policy and practice focus. This will include:

(a)          application of specific steps in the approach to build on existing expertise and capacity for assessing and acting on health equity in NSW; and

(b)          assessing the potential for application of the Innov8 approach to the commissioning process in NSW.

The workshop will be led by Sarah Simpson, Director of EquiACT, an international consultancy committed to working with public health practitioners and policy makers to build capacity for action to improve health equity. Formally from CHETRE, Sarah was involved in development of the NSW Health and Equity Statement; has worked as part of the WHO global Commission on the Social Determinants of Health; and with Ministries of Health on integrating equity into public health programmes at the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development.

CHPCE is inviting a small number, (maximum of 25), participants comprising our own staff and representatives of key partner Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks to attend this workshop.