The Ottawa charter is the names of an international agreement signed at the first international conference of health promotion held in Ottawa Canada in 1986 by the World Health Organisation. The conference was held in relation to a growing interest and expectation of a new public health movement. The charter has proved invaluable in providing guidance for the goals and concepts of health promotion. The document outlined 5 action areas and 3 strategies to improve health. The action areas included; Building healthy public policy; Creating supportive environments; Strengthening community action; Developing personal skills and Re-orienting health care services towards the prevention of illness and promotion of health. The 3 strategy areas included to; advocate, mediate and enable.

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