Health and Wellbeing Plan
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 the general election of the Council).
The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan must:
- include an examination of data about health status and health determinants in the municipal district
- identify goals and strategies based on available evidence for creating a local community in which people can achieve maximum health and wellbeing
- provide for the involvement of people in the local community in the development, implementation and evaluation of the plan
- specify how the Council will work in partnership with the Department and other agencies undertaking public health initiatives, projects and programs to accomplish the goals and strategies identified in the plan.
The Borough of Queenscliffe Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013 - 2017 was adopted by Council on 18 september 2013.
The Plan isn't about listing every action needed to create a healthy community. Instead it describes the way that we can work together on various actions to help achieve our health and wellbeing priorities.
It looks at five priority areas:
- A healthy, inclusive and connected community
- Planning for population change
- Advocating for access to services
- Facilitating the best start in life
- Protect and promote the health of the community.
An overall evaluation of the Health and Wellbeing Plan's priority areas will take place at the end of the four year period. It 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.