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Prof. Gernot Brunner, MD
President, Austrian HPH Network

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Coordinating Institution:

Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG)

Austrian Public Health Institute

Stubenring 6, A-1010 Vienna

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Governance Board of the Austrian HPH Network (ONGKG)


Starting from left:

Christina Wieczorek (Coordination from 2015 to 2017), Peter Nowak (Coordination since 2016),
Angelika Erhart (Tirol Kliniken GmbH, Governance Board member from 2013), Birgit Kirchmair-Wenzel (Governance Board member from 2016 to 2017), Heidemarie Täuber (Sanatorium Hera, Governance Board member since 2008), Elisabeth Zaponig (Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltengesellschaft m.b.H., Governance Board member since 2006), Gernot Brunner (LKH-Univ. Klinikum Graz, President of the Governance Board since 2016),
Petra Grössl-Wechselberger (Bezirkskrankenhaus Schwaz Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H, Governance Board member since 2006), Christina Dietscher (Federal Ministry Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection, Coordination from 1996-2015, Governance Board member since 2015), Jürgen Pelikan (Coordination from 1996), Angelika Kresnik (Klinikum Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Governance Board member since 2006), Eric Stoiser (Geriatrische Gesundheitszentren der Stadt Graz, Governance Board member since 2016), Astrid Loidolt (Coordination from 2004).


Outstanding characteristics of the ONGKG

The Austrian Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Care Institutions (ONGKG) was founded as one of the first national HPH networks in 1996 during the first Austrian HPH conference. From the outset, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health has been an important partner and driver of the network. Another outstanding characteristic is that the ONGKG has been accompanied and scientifically supported by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care (WHO-CC-HPH) since its beginnings. From 2006 onwards, the network is organized as an independent registered association by Austrian law and finances its activities by membership fees, similar to the international HPH network.

Today, the network is proud to say that it is growing continually. It currently comprises 25 regular as well as 12 associated members. Additionally, 26 health services are closely related with ONGKG, by being certified either as "tobacco-free health service" or as "baby-friendly hospital". As such, these hospitals belong to one of the two specific departments of the network. The first department is responsible for certification and re-certification of hospitals and other health services following the requirements of the Global Network for Tobacco Free Health Care Services (GNTH). The other department coordinates the implementation of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), originally developed by WHO and UNICEF in order to promote breastfeeding on maternity units. By that, two internationally recognized and agreed upon health promotion programs are integrated into the ONGKG.




ONGKG is founded
the first newsletter and first national HPH conference are established


ONGKG comes to life
the first 6 member hospitals from 4 different provinces join the network
the 5th International HPH Conference takes place in Vienna and the Vienna Recommendations on Health Promoting Hospitals are adopted

ONGKG goes online
the first website is developed

ONGKG goes scientific
start of the first joint project with 3 participating member hospitals focusing on "empowerment and co-production"

2001  ONGKG looks beyond its horizons
first German-speaking conference takes place together with the German and Swiss HPH networks
2003  ONGKG relaunches its website
the network makes its website more user-friendly
2005  ONGKG moves forward
the network begins to coordinate ENSH Austria
ONGKG helps to make health promotion part of the Austrian health quality law
the second joint project on the topic of staff health in hospitals starts
2006  ONGKG becomes a registered association
following this development a governance board is elected for the first time
a third joint project on the standards of health promoting hospitals starts

ONGKG supports the 15th International HPH Conference
the ONGKG functions as one of the conference co-organizers

2008  ONGKG takes up ENSH
the department on "Tobacco-free health services" is founded
2010  ONGKG further specifies itself
founding of the department on "Baby-friendly Hospitals"
2014  ONGKG again acts as pioneer
another joint project on the topic of health literate health care organizations is started
2016  ONGKG looks back and thinks ahead
a strategy process with the goal to further develop the ONGKG is initiated
2017  ONGKG goes international
the network hosts the 25th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services



Currently, the governance board of the ONGKG and all its members are working in a development process to sharpen the strategy and goals of the ONGKG for the 2017–2021 period. After more than 20 successful years, the members of the network and its governance board critically take a step back. They reflect on areas that need to be worked upon in order to maintain the network for another 20 years and to remain attractive in times of increasing restrictions on human and monetary resources. 

Ultimately, the ONGKG strives for the establishment of health promotion as a MUST-HAVE instead of a nice-to-have in Austrian health services.


More info

in German: www.ongkg.at