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City of Casey
Health, Wellbeing and Equity

What is good health and wellbeing?

To achieve good health and wellbeing is to thrive in all physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of life.

It provides us with the foundations to lead satisfying and enjoyable lives and expands our capacity to plan for and realise future dreams for ourselves, our families and communities.

The latest health data for the City of Casey suggests there are ongoing challenges for many within community that need to be understood and addressed.

Factors that impact on health and wellbeing

health and wellbeing diagram

Understanding the causes that lead to poor health outcomes is essential in developing approaches to improve them.

Individual dispositions such as hereditary conditions can be well-known factors, as well as decisions regarding health such as whether to smoke, exercise or see a doctor when unwell.

In addition to these individual dispositions, everyone experiences a complex combination of broader social, economic, and environmental contexts which also play a significant role in the likelihood that one will face health challenges.

Simply put: our living situation from household, street, neighbourhood, suburb, region, city has a bearing on our health.

This diagram illustrates the complex interplay of factors that influence our health and wellbeing.

We also know that for a variety of reasons, certain population groups are more susceptible to poorer health and wellbeing outcomes including:

  • People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
  • People living with a disability
  • People from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ+)
  • Older people (aged 65 and over).

Risks to health are compounded where one lives within a low socioeconomic neighbourhood with poor service access, has few social connections and is of multiple identities as above such as an older person of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

Developing approaches for better outcomes

In order to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in the City of Casey we must develop approaches that acknowledge and the complex factors which impact on a person's health and wellbeing. In developing approaches, we must consider:

  • A holistic interventions strategy (the public health model): primary prevention (universal education regarding healthy behaviours), early intervention (targeting of ‘high risk’ groups) and tertiary treatment (those experiencing poor health)
  • How broader situational causes (i.e. the social, economic, and environmental conditions) can impact adversely on health
  • One size does not fit all. We must tailor programs and services for particular community needs to allow for equity of access for all. Treating everyone the same (a principle of equality) can result in unequal outcomes (refer to the illustration below). Instead, the solutions we employ must provide for fair access based on how individuals, groups, and communities are situated in relation to that service or support. This is an aim of equity in the process for an equality of outcomes.

Improving health outcomes is not only a concern for health services. Council has a central role in promoting healthy choices and lifestyles, increasing opportunities for social connection, creating built environments that facilitate healthy living, influencing local economic growth, and codesigning projects that improve the lives of those most at risk.  

The City of Casey’s Health and Wellbeing Plan establishes the priorities and approaches towards which Council will direct resources to protect and nurture the health and wellbeing of community. Refer to the tabs below for more information.

Equality

Health and Wellbeing goals for Casey

Role of Local Government in Health & Wellbeing

Council has a lead role in creating the environments for communities to thrive and enjoy good health and wellbeing. Local government can directly influence things like employment, social support, access to sports and cultural activities which are key ingredients in the health and wellbeing of the community.

Victoria has faced major public health challenges in 2020 with bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic which will continue to impact the health and wellbeing of our community significantly over the coming years.  Council has a key role in supporting our community to recover from the social and economic impacts, while continuing to build community resilience.

Our partners

Partnerships will build and sustain effort to improve health and wellbeing for the Casey community.

Council acknowledges the commitment and contribution from the following organisations in the development and implementation of the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan:

  • Enliven
  • Department of Health and Human Services Southern Melbourne Area
  • Monash Health
  • Women’s Health in the South East

 

How to have your say

Casey Conversations

Keep up-to-date with Council news by subscribing to Casey Conversations.

By subscribing, you will receive information on Health and Wellbeing matters in Casey and be able to have your say. 

 

About the Inclusion & Wellbeing team

The Inclusion and Wellbeing Team promotes the vision of an equitable workplace and community through advocacy, collaboration, and expert advice on matters of access, inclusion, diversity, health and wellbeing.

The team provides analysis, research, and best-practice interventions for codesigning connected, healthy, and thriving communities.

Current Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021

Role of Local Government in Health & Wellbeing

Role of Local Government in Health & Wellbeing

Council has a lead role in creating the environments for communities to thrive and enjoy good health and wellbeing. Local government can directly influence things like employment, social support, access to sports and cultural activities which are key ingredients in the health and wellbeing of the community.

Victoria has faced major public health challenges in 2020 with bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic which will continue to impact the health and wellbeing of our community significantly over the coming years.  Council has a key role in supporting our community to recover from the social and economic impacts, while continuing to build community resilience.

Our partners

Our partners

Partnerships will build and sustain effort to improve health and wellbeing for the Casey community.

Council acknowledges the commitment and contribution from the following organisations in the development and implementation of the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan:

  • Enliven
  • Department of Health and Human Services Southern Melbourne Area
  • Monash Health
  • Women’s Health in the South East

 

How to have your say

How to have your say

Casey Conversations

Keep up-to-date with Council news by subscribing to Casey Conversations.

By subscribing, you will receive information on Health and Wellbeing matters in Casey and be able to have your say. 

 

About the Inclusion and Wellbeing team

About the Inclusion & Wellbeing team

The Inclusion and Wellbeing Team promotes the vision of an equitable workplace and community through advocacy, collaboration, and expert advice on matters of access, inclusion, diversity, health and wellbeing.

The team provides analysis, research, and best-practice interventions for codesigning connected, healthy, and thriving communities.

Key Health and Wellbeing Data 

The following statistics have been identified following community consultation. It provides a snapshot of the health and wellbeing challenges of our community:

Healthy Eating

  • Over half (56.10%) of Casey adults did not meet fruit and vegetable consumption guidelines, compared to the Victorian average (51.70%) (VPHS, 2017)
  • 1 in 10 (9%) Casey adults consume sugar sweetened soft drink daily, compared to the Victorian average (10%) (VPHS, 2017)
  • One third (32%) of infants in Casey are fully breastfed at 3 months of age, compared to the Victorian average (49%) (Vic MCH Annual Report, 2018)
  • 1 in 4 (24%) Casey adults are obese, compared to the Victorian average (19%) (VPHS, 2017)
  • 58% of Casey adults are overweight, compared to the Victorian average (51%) (VPHS, 2017)

Physical Activity

  • 1 in 2 (51%) Casey adults do not meet the guidelines for physical activity, compared to the Victorian average (44%) (VPHS, 2017)

Alcohol and Tobacco Related Harm

  • Just over half of Casey adults are at an increased lifetime risk of alcohol related harm, compared to the Victorian average (60%) (VPHS, 2017)
  • 16% of Casey adults are current smokers, compared to the Victorian average (17%) (VPHS, 2017)

Mental Wellbeing

  • 1 in 5 (19%) of Casey adults have high/very high levels of psychological distress, compared to the Victorian average (15%) (VPHS, 2017)
  • Casey has a resilience score of 6.3 out of 8, compared to the Victorian average (6.4/8) (VicHealth Indicator Survey, 2015)

Social Inclusion

  • Under half (44%) of Casey adults are ‘definitely’ tolerant of diversity, compared to the Victorian average (53%) (VPHS, 2017)

Gambling

  • Casey has the second highest player losses to gaming machines across Victoria (VCGLR, 2020)

Gender Equality

  • Just under half (45%) of Casey adults hold low levels of support for gender equality, compared to the Victorian average (36%) (VicHealth Indicator Survey, 2015)

Family Violence and Injury (including safety)

  • The rate of family violence incidents in Casey is 1,384 per 100,000 population (CSA, 2020)
  • Just under half (48%) of Casey residents agree that they feel safe walking alone in their local area after dark, compared to the Victorian average (55%) (VicHealth Indicator Survey, 2015)

Climate Change

  • Casey is rated 2.74 out of 5 on the heat vulnerability index compared to 0.7 out of 5 across Greater Melbourne (DELWP, 2018)

Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • 1 in 5 (19%) of sexually active young people always use a condom, compared to the Victorian average (26%) (VCAMS, 2018)

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