SWSLHD Equity Strategy

Project Status

Chief Investigator
Fiona Haigh

Project Coordinator
Karla Jaques

Team Members
Maria Beer- SWSLHD Population Health , Simone Proft- SWSLHD Planning Unit, Diana Milosevic- SWSLHD Planning Unit

Project Rationale

The Equity Strategy will provide an approach to embedding health equity within South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) to ensure the needs of diverse population groups are reflected in services planning and policy development.  

Project Aim/s

The SWSLHD Equity Strategy will provide a framework for integrating equity into all areas of SWSLHD. Specifically, it will document:

  • The goals and principles of addressing equity in SWSLHD.
  • Key approaches and strategies for incorporating equity into SWSLHD culture and practice and how to improve the understanding and awareness of SWSLHD staff about what equity means and how we work towards achieving it.
  • Systems and processes that can be developed to ensure that health services are working towards equity.
  • Priority areas in which SWSLHD should focus on to achieve equity.

Project Design and Method

A review of existing strategies was undertaken and interviews with key staff involved in previous strategy development to identify key learnings. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders and frontline staff have been undertaken. The interviews and focus groups will be focused on: current understanding of equity, how equity is incorporated into their current service/work and examples of current practice.