Principles of practice

Eight principles of practice underpin working in health promoting ways and help to ensure that interventions for health Working in Health Promoting Ways Diagrampromotion are effective.

The eight principles of practice.

These principles reinforce a holistic approach to health promotion; they are all of equal value and are often interdependent on one another.

The principles are drawn together from a number of national and state policies, directions and strategic plans, as well as from consultation with health and community services staff. They are essential to health promotion because they outline effective action for preventive health and inform health promotion interventions.

The principles have their foundations in the World Health Organization Declaration of Alma Ata, the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, the Jakarta Declaration on Leading Health Promotion into the 21st Century, and the Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion in a Globalised World. 

For more information about these landmark documents visit the evidence library