The Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative is the result of a partnership between DEW and the Department for Health and Ageing.
The initiative recognises the fundamental connections between human health and environmental health and aims to ensure all South Australians experience the health and wellbeing benefits of nature.
There are clear links between the natural environment and our health and wellbeing physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually, with research showing that spending time in nature is good for us.
We believe our state’s national parks are a vital part of connecting all South Australians (especially those living in urban areas) with nature.
A central goal of the Healthy Parks Healthy People SA approach is conserving, protecting and promoting the benefits of nature, especially parks, which relies on strong partnerships with different groups – Aboriginal, education, environment, health, primary industries, social inclusion and urban planning.
Over the next five years, action plans for Healthy Parks Healthy People SA’s seven focus areas will be developed to help drive this initiative:
- Promoting physical activity in nature
Mental health benefits of contact with nature
Promoting the cultural value of Country for Aboriginal health and wellbeing
Community health and wellbeing in a changing climate
Childhood development and nature
Green infrastructure in urban settings
- Biodiversity, conservation and human health.