Municipal Health and Wellbeing Planning
All Local Government Authorities, under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, have a responsibility to seek to protect, improve and promote public health and wellbeing within the municipality. Under Section 26 of the Act, Councils are required to prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every four years (within 12 months of the general election of the Council).
Council has integrated the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan into the 2017–2021 Council Plan. It has also developed a Health and Wellbeing Action Plan that operationalises specific health and wellbeing priorities and actions. Click here to download a copy of Counci's Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2017–2021.
The process for Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing planning included:
- An examination of data about health status and health determinants in the municipal district;
- Identification of goals and strategies, based on available evidence, for creating a local community in which people can achieve maximum health and wellbeing;
- Involvement of people in the local community in the development, implementation and evaluation of the plan;
- Specification of how Council will work in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies undertaking public health initiatives, projects and programs to accomplish the goals and strategies identified in the plan.
The Borough of Queenscliffe Council Plan was adopted by Council on 10 August 2017 and Council’s Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2017–2021 was signed off on 17 September 2017.
The Health and Wellbeing Action Plan isn't about listing every action needed to create a healthy community. Instead it describes how Council, relevant local organisations and members of the community can work together on various actions to help achieve our health and wellbeing priorities.
The Borough of Queenscliffe Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2017–2021 focusses on three priority areas:
- Healthy eating and active living
- Gender equity respectful relationships
- Improving mental wellbeing
An overall evaluation of the Health and Wellbeing Action Plan's priority areas will take place at the end of the four-year period. The evaluation will focus on determining whether there has been a change in the critical issues which impact the health and wellbeing of the Borough of Queenscliffe community and will subsequently inform the next four-year planning cycle.