Under the new Public Health and Wellbeing Act (2008) Councils must prepare a municipal public health and wellbeing plan (section 26) within 12 months of the council elections. Alternatively, councils can seek approval to address public health and wellbeing issues and outcomes as part of their Council Plan or Strategic Plan (section 27).
We have assisted councils with the preparation of their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans as required under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act (2008) and under the previous Victorian Health Act (1958). We understand the need to identify and engage relevant organisations and individuals to ensure health and wellbeing plans capture a range of opportunities to optimise community health and wellbeing outcomes.
We bring a fresh perspective to health and wellbeing planning having worked across a broad range of related projects. We have also been involved in health and wellbeing initiatives that have emerged from municipal public health plans and other allied health and wellbeing planning and, we also use the ‘Environments for Health’ in much of our recreation planning work.
The following provides an overview of the type of health and wellbeing planning projects we have completed.
Helpful Reference Documents
Healthy Spaces and Places; A National Guide to Designing Places for Healthy Living (Heart Foundation, 2009)
Healthy By Design: A Planners’ Guide to Environments for Active Living (Heart Foundation, 2004)
For the Municipal Public Health Planning Framework - www.health.vic.gov.au/localgov/mphpfr/index.htm
For the Municipal Public Health Planning Framework Review www.health.vic.gov.au/localgov/downloads/evaluation_summary.pdf
For information on the new Public Health and Wellbeing Act (2010) www.health.vic.gov.au/phwa/