Community Health and Wellbeing

Being Healthy in Baw Baw Shire: Best practice public health and wellbeing planning

Being and staying healthy is no accident (pun intended!). Good health is affected by a wide range of things – anything from our minute-to-minute decisions about what to eat or where we cross a road, to government policy and social attitudes that create or limit opportunities. 

Our plan to protect and improve health is called Being Healthy in Baw Baw Shire(PDF, 14MB).

Baw Baw Shire’s Plan is one of the best in Victoria. Being Healthy in Baw Baw Shire (the Plan) is an integrated health promotion plan which is a best-practice approach to health planning. ‘Integrated plans’ are where the Council and the State-funded agencies share the same plan to promote health. It is health promotion leadership in action.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group and Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership are the two agencies in Baw Baw Shire that are funded by the Department of Health and Human Services for health promotion.

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. The next plan will be developed in 2021.

Strategic Objectives of Being Healthy in Baw Baw Shire 2017-2021

  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 and reviewed each year. The current action plan (Year 3) can be downloaded from the list of 'related information' section at the foot of this page or from the A-Z Policies and Documents section of this website. 

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, 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 3 Action Plan from the 'relatated information' section at the foot of this page or the A-Z Policies and Documents section of this website. 

For more information, email the Social and Community Planner or give them a call on 1300 229 229.