Issued Monday 23 October 2017
The City of Casey adopted its Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 at the Council Meeting on 17 October 2017.
The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 sets the overarching framework and strategic direction for Council, and its public health partners, with the aim of enhancing the health and wellbeing outcomes of its residents.
Councils are required to prepare a plan every four years under the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
The key health and wellbeing priorities for the next four years are:
- Increase healthy eating
- Increase physical activity
- Reduce harm from alcohol, drug and tobacco use
- Improve mental wellbeing
- Reduce violence and injury
City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said Councils have an important role to play in protecting, improving and promoting public health and wellbeing, by shaping the environments in which residents live, work and play.
“As a Council we are committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of our residents. The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 sets out specific areas for improvement for the whole population of Casey, whilst emphasising the needs of certain population groups that may be experiencing poorer health or wellbeing outcomes”, said the Mayor.
“A key focus for us during the preparation of the plan was to ensure that the plan was based on extensive advice from a range of stakeholders. As such the plan has been informed by local health and social data, community consultation, public health evidence, state health and wellbeing directions, as well as including priorities identified in the Council Plan 2017-2021. In addition, Council established a leadership group to guide the preparation of the plan, comprising representation from a range of health sector organisations.
“Findings from the Casey Next consultation also informed the strategic priorities of the plan, by providing direction in relation to the health and wellbeing aspirations of our community, including those of our younger residents.
“The Plan will further assist us in guiding the development of new policies, strategies, programs, services, and advocacy campaigns that promote health and wellbeing.
“The next step will be to develop an action plan in early 2018 to help guide the delivery of our strategic priorities."