Community Health and Wellbeing

Being Healthy in Baw Baw Shire: Our public health and wellbeing plan 2017-21

Being Healthy in Baw Baw Shire(PDF, 14MB) is our municipal public health and wellbeing plan for 2017-2021 (the Plan). It was originally adopted by Council on 13 December 2017, with an annual revision adopted at the Council meeting of 28 November 2018.

The purpose of the Plan is to define the health priorities in Baw Baw over the next four years, and to identify the many organisations who are committed to leading actions for better health. The Plan includes twenty-six strategies under five strategic objectives for improving, protecting and promoting health.

The plan was created after extensive consultation with residents, service providers, other organisations and council staff. It reflects the priorities of the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and the Council Plan 2017-21.

The plan fulfils the requirement of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 that all Victorian councils prepare and adopt a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan within 12 months of council elections.

Strategic Objectives

  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
  5. Leadership for a healthy Baw Baw

Taking action and monitoring progress

Alongside the Plan, an annual action plan is developed. This is a detailed list of actions that will be carried out in that twelve-month period. It is reviewed at the end of the year to help with the development of the next action plan. The Year 1 Action Plan can be downloaded at A-Z Policies and Documents

Council created the Healthy Baw Baw Advisory Committee to oversee the development and the delivery of the Plan. This committee meets four times a year.

With support from the Advisory Committee, a number of working groups carry out actions and deliver projects. This is the place where people in the community and interested organisations can get involved.

Click here to read more about the Healthy Baw Baw Advisory Committee and Working Groups.

Find out more

To join the community discussion, connect with Being Healthy in Baw Baw on Facebook.

Download a copy of Being Healthy in Baw Baw Shire and the Year 1 Action Plan at A-Z Policies and Documents

For more information, email the Social and Community Planner or give them a call on 5624 2411.