Council Adopts Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan

Published on 14 December 2017

Council has adopted the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 and its Year 1 Action Plan to guide, protect, improve and promote public health and wellbeing within Baw Baw.

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, all Victorian Councils are required to prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every four years.

The plan provides direction on priority health and wellbeing focus areas for Council and public health sector organisations within the municipality, to improve the health and wellbeing of all residents.

Furthermore, the plan addresses health and wellbeing opportunities in the Baw Baw Shire Council Plan 2017-2021 with actions framed under each of the Council Plan’s strategic objectives.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said our aim is to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, learn and visit Baw Baw Shire.

“Our overall goal is to positively affect the health of the community in the long term with a real focus on prevention in health, rather than interventions.

“Good health and wellbeing is a fundamental part of building vibrant communities for strong people and strong economies, which in turn benefits everyone.”

Four key themes have been identified with a strong voice from the community:

  1. Improving mental health.
  2. Preventing violence and injury.
  3. Healthy eating and active living.
  4. Reducing harm from gambling, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

A fifth theme focuses on excellence in leadership that creates opportunities to protect, promote and improve health.

The plan reflects valuable contributions from community, local health and social statistics, health service representatives and other levels of Government.

“This is a municipal-wide plan which means is has been created by the wider Baw Baw community and will be carried out by a variety of organisations working cooperatively and in partnership with the community”, said the Mayor.

“Each year, an Action Plan will be developed to set out the ways that we collaboratively carry out the plans strategies. This will be developed by people and organisations that are connected to the Heathy Baw Baw Advisory Committee, and the related working groups.

“Council is one member of an alliance of organisations working together for better health and wellbeing and we are extremely proud to be able to lead the fantastic work being done.”

To download a copy of the plan, to go Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21 (Print Version)(PDF, 7MB) and Year 1 Action Plan 2017-18 (Print Version)(PDF, 1MB).