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Implementation of the SWSLHD Equity Framework

CHETRE worked with SWSLHD to develop and launch the Fair Health Matters Equity Framework to 2028. As an action of this Framework, the Health Equity Toolkit was developed as a planning and review tool to identify health equity impacts with planning or evaluating plans/programs/policies to address health inequities.

Project description

The South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Health Equity Toolkit (HET) is a planning and review tool to identify health equity impacts when planning or evaluating your work to address health inequities. The main output is a set of recommendations to strengthen the consideration of health equity across the district.

The HET is an action of the SWSLHD Fair Health Matters Equity Framework to 2025 and supports a strategic direction from the SWSLHD Strategic Plan.

The SWSLHD Fair Health Matters Equity Framework to 2025 ensures that our services effectively meet the needs of our communities through four strategic directions:

  • embedding equity into all facets of the health service;
  • using evidence and equity data to translate into practical implementation;
  • building capacity and developing skills; and
  • partnering with our communities and collaborators.

The HET can be used for forward planning or evaluating an existing initiative to develop actions to address equity. An initiative can be a new (if planning), or existing (if evaluating) service, project, program, plan or policy. Use the toolkit to fit the stage your activity or initiative is at. The range of initiatives of focus include:

  • planning new activities and services
  • revising/reviewing a service
  • an equity issue has been identified
  • as part of equity focussed training and capacity building

Initially, CHETRE is working with a number of services to develop HET case studies.

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Partner organisations

SWSLHD Population Health

Project team

Patrick Harris, Project lead

Fiona Haigh, Project lead

Karla Jaques

Contact person

Karla Jaques (