Help Shape a Healthier Baw Baw

Published on 12 October 2017

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Baw Baw Shire Council is seeking community feedback on the draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21 which forms a four-year roadmap to improve public health in Baw Baw Shire.

The draft plan focuses on protecting, promoting and improving health to reduce or better still, avoid poor health outcomes across the Baw Baw Shire population in the short and long term.

Under Section 26 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, every Council must prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every four years.

The draft plan has been developed following an extensive round of community consultation and a series of drop in sessions held throughout July 2017.

Mayor of Baw Baw shire Councillor Joe Gauci is encouraging the community to review the draft plan to ensure it meets the expectations of the wider community.

“We want to work together for positive changes that improve public health, but this will take a collaborative approach. It is essential to the success of the plan that the views or the voices our community and partnering organisations are properly represented”, said the Mayor.

“The plan sets out what Council and other partners will do to make our environments, and the systems that we use, healthier and better for us.

“If a good plan is developed with lots of community input, we will build a good four-year roadmap to improving public health in Baw Baw Shire and be confident that there is widespread community support.

“In particular, we want to know if the community supports the four key themes identified in the draft plan as a priority for health improvement”.

The four key themes in the draft plan focus on:

  1. Improving mental health
  2. Preventing violence and injury
  3. Encouraging healthy eating and living, and
  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.

“Good health is a fundamental part of building vibrant communities for strong people and strong economies; so essentially, this plan benefits everyone”, said the Mayor.

“This is why it’s so important for residents, organisations and businesses that care about the health and wellbeing of their customers and employees to join us in this work and provide feedback on the draft plan.”

Residents who wish to review the draft plan and provide feedback can do so by completing an online survey or print consultation pack available at Have Your Say

All feedback submissions must be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 9 November 2017.

Development of the draft plan has been led by Council and developed in collaboration with the Healthy Baw Baw Advisory Committee member organisations including:

  • West Gippsland Healthcare Group
  • Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Latrobe Community Health Services
  • Gippsland Women’s Health
  • GippSport
  • Victoria Police
  • Kurnai Nations
  • Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation
  • Gippsland Primary Health Network
  • Quantum Support Services

The final document is expected to be presented to Council late in 2017 for adoption.