Health in All Policies

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is defined as “an approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health implications of decisions, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts, in order to improve population health and health equity.”

Community and Public Health’s Health in All Policies work is underpinned by the fact that health is influenced by a wide range of factors beyond the health sector.

We recognise our responsibility to work in partnership to achieve lasting change for the health and well being of the people of Canterbury, West Coast and the Chatham Islands. We do this is in a wide range of ways within our statutory and non-statutory responsibilities.

“The ability to prevent illness and stay healthy is largely attributed to the way in which we live our lives. Those things that determine how healthy we are include housing, safe neighbourhoods, clean air and water, diet, and easy access to transport, recreation, education and employment. Many of the organisations who are responsible for these lie outside of the health sector and may not realise that their work strongly influences health outcomes”.
David Meates (CEO of the Canterbury District Health Board) in the Integrated Recovery Planning Guide (October 2010).

The diagram below shows these influences on our health and how they are interlinked.

The determinants of health and wellbeing (Barton & Grant).

Canterbury Health in all Policies Partnership (CHIAPP)

Christchurch City Council, Canterbury District Health Board, the Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) and Ngai Tahu work in this partnership to embed a health perspective within their organisations.

Working towards an accessible and inclusive Christchurch

Community and Public Health (through Healthy Christchurch) is supporting planning for a healthy city including healthy urban design. This includes working towards an accessible and inclusive Christchurch.



Read the CDHB Submissions on various national and local plans and strategies.

Tools developed by Community and Public Health

Useful Background Publications

Health Impact Assessments contributed to by Community and Public Health



Order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


For further information, contact:

Sandy Brinsdon
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125

Information Sheets about Health in all Policies

Community and Public Health staff as part of the Canterbury Health in All Policies Partnership (CHIAPP), developed the following information sheets on Health in All Policies. All information sheets were updated January and February 2015.

Health in All Policies Newsletter

This Canterbury DHB newsletter is produced by the Policy Team at Community and Public Health.

It aims to highlight the Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach in action in Canterbury.

Latest Evaluations of Canterbury Health Impact Assessments

Community and Public Health staff recently evaluated the impact of Health Impact Assessments (HIA) made on these critical documents relating to Canterbury planning.

2015 Health in All Policies Conference

The Canterbury Health in all Policies Partnership (CHIAPP) organised a conference in Christchurch to acknowledge and celebrate 10 years of HiAP in New Zealand.

The Conference featured presentations by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Henare Ngaera O’Keefe, Ana Apatu, Rob Quigley, and Professor Paul Dalziel.

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