HPH Progress Report 2017-2018: Austria




The HPH Constitution (2008) for the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services states that one of the tasks of a National/Regional HPH Network is: “To periodically deliver a progress report to the Governance Board.” (Refer to 1.4. Mission and Obligations, HPH Constitution)


For the purposes of this activity:


  • The period for progress reports to be delivered is every two years.

  • A progress report is defined as a report on efforts to assist hospitals/health services to ”incorporate the concepts, values, strategies and standards or indicators of health promotion into the organizational structure and culture of the hospital/health service." (Refer to Mission, HPH Constitution)


The aims of Progress Reports are:

  1. To provide a mechanism for HPH networks and taskforces to share information, knowledge and experience

  2. To contribute to an assessment of the achievement of objectives by the International HPH Network

  3. To help identify priorities for future action by the International HPH Network.

This survey refers to activities in the period 2017-2018.


All data will be made publicly available.



INSTRUCTIONS: Keep the text that in black color. Change the text in grey colour (Green text is hyperlinks for your reference)





Part 1: Administrative information



1A. Network contact details

  • Network Coordinator name: Gernot Brunner

  • Phone: 

  • E-mail: 

  • Address: 

  • Website:

  • Name of Coordinating Institution: Competence Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care (CC-HPH) 

  • Address: Stubenring 6, 1010 Wien

  • E-mail: (If different from coordinator’s):

  • Phone (If different from coordinator’s): +43 1 51561 380

  • Institution Website:,


1B. Network administrative details

  • Network establishment: 01/01/1996

  • Expiration of network agreement: 12/31/2018

  • Number of current Network members: 21

  • My list of members on is up to date: I cannot answer that because the link does not work.

  • Number of new members in 2017: 1

  • Number of new members in 2018: 0

  • Number of ceased members in 2017:

  • Number of ceased members in 2018: 2





Part 2: Network progress



2A. To what degree has my network put the HPH mission, purpose and objectives into practice?


  1. Choose one option

  • Moderate

Please elaborate here:

The ONGKG has a close cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and is consulted from time to time to contribute to national health topics. In the report period, the ONGKG developed guidelines on healthy and sustainable nutrition in health care services in close cooperation with national commissions of the Austrian MoH.



2B. How is my network organized and how do we work?


Please elaborate here:

Since 2006, the network is organized as a non-profit association according to Austrian law. As such, it has a General Assembly (in which each network member organization is represented), a Governance Board (that is elected from the General Assembly members every three years), as well as a network chair and two co-chairs. The association currently has two task forces organized as sections – one on smoke-free health services, one on baby-friendly hospitals. The network is scientifically and technically supported by the Competence Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care (CC-HPH) at Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (Austrian Public Health Institute).



2C. What has been the aim of my network?


Please elaborate/list projects here:

The Austrian network aims to support Austrian hospitals and health services in their reorientation towards health promotion by implementing strategies and standards of health promotion in hospitals and health services into the organizational structure and culture to reach better health gains for patients, staff and communities.



2D. What were my network's main achievements and lessons learned?


Please elaborate here:

Two successful national HPH conferences were organized in this network period, which can be identified as an achievement, since in both conferences, about 120 participants each participated from within as well as from outside the network, both from interested hospitals and important policy partners from Austria, but also from the German speaking neighbor countries. Furthermore, the ONGKG has implemented a strategic development process to determine the direction of development until 2021. In the defined five fields of action, several measures have been implemented. As an outstanding highlight, the ONGKG hosted the very successful 25th International HPH Conference in 2017.



2E. Global HPH Strategy 2016-2018


My network worked with the Global Strategy: yes


Specifically, priority was given to

  • (Priority 1 on implementation of updated WHO-HPH Standards: NB not applicable due to delay with document)

  • Priority 2 on HPH awareness and capacity: yes

  • Priority 3 on HPH development and sustainability: yes

My network supported members with fulfilling the Global Strategy: yes


My network acheived the following strategy goals

  • Priority 2 on HPH awareness and capacity

A-I) Organised at least 1 local HPH day: yes

A-II) Local policy level participated in HPH day: yes

A-III) Informed local policy level of HPH: yes

B-I) Participated in discussion of the role of coordinators at HPH assembly: yes

B-II) Members received the translated/locally adapted final document: no

C) Stakeholder analysis made by network: yes

D-I) Members received translated/locally adapted HPH Member Packages: no

D-II) At least 2 local decision makers received translate/locally adapted HPH package: no

E) Own website updated at least 4 times with news, information and experiences: yes

F) Best practices/good ideas collected and reported at HPH general assembly, or here in progress report: no

  • Priority 3 on HPH development and sustainability

A-I) Participated in discussion and development of member benefits: no

A-II) Translated/locally adapted HPH brochure describing the benefits of membership received by my members: no

B-I) Hospitals nationally/regionally with potentially interest in HPH were listed: no

B-II) Contact was established and HPH information was sent to at least 2 potential new members: yes

C) Best practices/good ideas collected and reported at HPH assembly, or here in Progress Report: yes


If you wish to share your experiences in this regard, please feel free to elaborate here:

Reporting is done mainly in the progress report as well as via the national channels of the Austrian HPH network.



2F. How did my network use the WHO-HPH Standards?


My network prioritized working with the standards: yes


If yes, priority was given to

  • Standard 1 on Management policy: yes

  • Standard 2 on Patient assessment: no

  • Standard 3 on Patient information and intervention: yes

  • Standard 4 on Promoting a healthy workplace: yes

  • Standard 5 on Continuity and cooperation: no

My network has supported members with using the standards for quality improvement: yes


The status in my network is that members have implemented

  • Standard 1 on Management policy

1.1. The organization identifies responsibilities for HP: implemented

1.2. The organization allocates resources for the implementation of HP: implemented

1.3. The organization ensures availability of procedures for HP data collection/evaluation: implemented

  • Standard 2 on Patient assessment

2.1. The organization ensures procedures for all patients to assess their need for HP: not implemented

2.2. The HP needs assessment is done at first contact, reviewed and adjusted: inot implemented

2.3. The HP needs assessment includes external info and is social/cultural sensitive: not implemented

  • Standard 3 on Patient information and intervention

3.1. Based on needs, patients are informed and HP plan is agreed: partly implemented

3.2. The organization ensures access to general information on factors influencing health: partly implemented

  • Standard 4 on Promoting a healthy workplace

4.1. The organization ensures a healthy and safe workplace: implemented

4.2. The organization ensures a HR Strategy that includes HP: partly implemented

4.3. The organization ensures procedures to develop/maintain staff awareness on health: implemented

  • Standard 5 on Continuity and cooperation

5.1. The organization ensures HP services are coherent with regional health policy plans: partly implemented

5.2. The organization ensures HP for out-patients and after discharge: not implemented


If you wish to share your experiences in this regard, please elaborate here:

Member hospitals are supported to implement standards and indicators.Peer review of health promotion activities for first recognitions, for prolongation of membership, and additional standard self-assessment, a GNTH-self-assessment and a report on activities of the previous period have to be provided.



2G. Standards developed by HPH Task Forces and other relevant standards


My network has worked with standards from the HPH Task Forces on

  • Equity/migrants: no

  • HPH Children/Adolescents Standards: no

  • Environment: yes

  • Age-friendly healthcare: yes

My network has worked with other relevant standards: not yet


If you wish to share your experiences in this regard, please feel free to elaborate here:

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Part 3: Sharing of knowledge and experience



3A. Additional strategy, priorities and focus areas of my network

My network focused on:

In 2017 and 2018, the ONGKG focused on the topic of healthy and sustainable nutrition in health care services. A working group was established which developed nutrition guidelines for health care services in close collaboration with the Austrian ministry of health. The national HPH conference 2018 did also focus on this topic. For 2019, the main focus will be on the topic of Age-friendly hospitals. 



3B. My network's connection to National/Regional health policies and strategies

  • HPH is a priority nationally/regionally in health policies, laws and regulations: no

  • Changes in national/regional health policies have directly influenced my network's activities: no

  • The national/regional health system is supportive of the development of HPH: yes

  • My network has received recognition/acknowledgment from public authorities/health systems: yes

If you wish to share your experiences in this regard, please feel free to elaborate here:

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3C. Availability of key HPH documents in my local language


In my local language the following documents exist

In my local language, I would like the following HPH documents to be made available: Name documents



3D. My network's untapped resources and needs for further support


My network has untapped resources that could help contribute to the International HPH Network’s fulfilment of its objectives by:

<you can answer in writing or by, for instance, adding a video presentation here>


The International HPH Network, the HPH Governance Board and the HPH Governance Assembly could better support my network by:

Keep the website updated, encourage networking between the network coordinators in the General Assembly meeting.



3E. Final comments and ideas


Final comments and ideas from my network are:

<you can add any comment you believe is useful for the international network in writing or by, for instance, adding a video presentation here>




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