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Public Health

We advocate on behalf of local government to improve community health through public health regulations and plans.

Developing frameworks, case studies and guides is another way we assist councils with their own health policies.​

Food safety, public health and wellbeing, tobacco control and smoking regulations are areas in which we work closely with the Victorian Government, councils and other stakeholders.

We help councils fulfil their health regulation obligations through advocacy, project coordination and developing regulatory activities.

When regulatory changes have implications for council resources and activities we advocate on councils' behalf to other levels of government.

Policy areas

We advocate and assist members around these public health services:

Drugs and alcohol
Drugs and alcohol
Food safety
Food safety
Home and community care
Home and community care
Maternal and child health
Maternal and child health
Municipal publish health and wellbeing plans
Municipal public health
and wellbeing plans

Skin cancer prevention
Skin cancer prevention
Smoking and tobacco
Smoking and tobacco

Public Health and Wellbeing Act

We advocate on councils' behalf when regulatory changes affecting councils are being considered or introduced by the Federal and State Governments.

Councils are encouraged to develop a holistic approach to public health and wellbeing planning so their obligations under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 are fulfilled.

To help councils implement the changes resulting from the introduction of the Act, we commissioned the development of a guide and toolkit.

The public health and wellbeing guide (Word - 3.25MB) assists environmental health officers in their day-to-day investigation and enforcement activities.

The public health and wellbeing toolkit (Word - 782KB) helps governance officers and managers:

  • delegate council powers
  • appoint and authorise environmental health officers
  • prepare and approve new registration forms.

2015 Parliamentary Inquiry response

The MAV responded to a 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry into the impact of changes to National Partnership Agreements.

We made recommendations concerning the partnership agreement on preventative health.

Local government embraced this initiative and were committed to preventative health measures for all community members. However, the premature axing of funding meant councils' whole-of-community approach to healthy eating and increased physical activity is compromised. Guaranteed government funding assistance is needed to sufficiently capture the lasting impact of the initiative and assist with long-term chronic disease prevention.

Read MAV's full response: National Partnerships Letter to Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PDF – 525KB).

Human services bulletins

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