The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly published public health priorities for Scotland, aimed at focussing action across the public sector, voluntary sector and in communities. The priorities are the first milestone in a wider reform of public health.
The priorities set a direction for Scotland’s public services over the next decade, with the aim of organisations and communities working better together to focus on prevention, to reduce health inequality and increase healthy life expectancy.
The priorities recognise that health and wellbeing is created in communities and through partnerships across sectors and that mental health must have parity with physical health, including commitments to enhance suicide prevention. Some 54 bodies across Scotland have already endorsed the priorities, reflecting a growing consensus and momentum for change.
The announcement of the priorities comes ahead of the publication of Scottish Government strategies and action plans covering tobacco, physical activity, diet, substance misuse and alcohol and the creation of a new public health body in 2019.
The priorities reflect a consensus for co-ordinated action on:
- healthy places and communities
- early years
- mental wellbeing
- harmful substances
- poverty and inequality
- healthy weight and physical activity
Source: Scottish Government, 14 June 2018