Over the past decade, governments have paid increasing attention to wellbeing and quality of life, in addition to economic considerations, as ways measuring how a population is faring. Going ‘beyond GDP’ has the potential to act on upstream determinants of health and, thus, to be a significant boon for healthy public policy.

As part of the NCCHPP’s project to explore this development, we have invited noted public health scholar, Lindsay McLaren, to assess how wellbeing approaches to policy align with public health scholarship and practice and whether there is a role for public health in this work. In this invited commentary, Dr. McLaren offers a briefing note from a critical health perspective, on the state of public health and on the opportunities and risks of embracing the wellbeing policy turn.

Wellbeing Budgeting: A Critical Public Health Perspective. Invited Commentary
17 pages