References & Reading

Needs Assessment

SACHRU’s popular publication, ‘Planning Healthy Communities – A Guide to Doing Community Needs Assessment’ is a comprehensive guide to doing needs assessments. A version with a rural focus is also available. Check your organisation library for a copy. Details and purchasing information are available on the SACHRU website under ‘Publications’.

Community Consultation

‘Improving Health Services through Consumer Participation: A Resource Guide for Organisations (2000)’ produced by the Discipline of Public Health, Flinders University of South Australia, the South Australian Community Health Research Unit (SACHRU) and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.

Literature Reviews

Why do a literature review?

  • To check if a similar program has been evaluated (your study could replicate it or parts of it)
  • To learn from previous thinking and work
  • To place your project in the context of current knowledge
  • Writing a literature review resources

Some ideas on where to start

  • Check your own organisation’s library for previous project reports which may be of relevance
  • Check the Department of Health Library
  • Check relevant journals and library index systems
  • Check resources on the internet


The Social Health Atlas provides health and social information about the population of South Australia in the form of maps. Download the South Australian Health Atlas at

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data can be found at Local libraries often have copies of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, council and other information, that can be used to build a profile of your community and investigate health issues.


Evidence of need
Understanding and describing the context