Local government plays a key role in creating the environment for communities to prosper and enjoy improved health and wellbeing.
The Health and Wellbeing Act requires councils to prepare a four-year municipal health and wellbeing plan or include health and wellbeing matters in their council plans.
See all councils' 2013-2017 health and wellbeing plans below. Please note that 13 councils have incorporated their health and wellbeing plans into their Council Plan.
Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan
Each council is required to prepare a municipal public health and wellbeing plan every four years (following the council election). Council public health and wellbeing plans must have regard to the State public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019.
Resources to Prepare Health and Wellbeing Plans
The MAV delivered a local government public health and wellbeing presentation (PowerPoint - 3.88MB) for councillors and executives on the background and requirements for municipal health and wellbeing planning.
The Department of Health published a guide to municipal public health and wellbeing planning to assist local government planners in meeting the requirements under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, including consideration of the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019.
Supplementary resources are available that provide specific advice about particular legislative and planning requirements of councils.
These resources include:
There are two main data sources available to support Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Planning. They are:
When combined these two data sets enable local government planners to gain a comprehensive picture of health and wellbeing in Victoria, including specific results for each local government area.
VicHealth also has a series of local government action guides that councils may consider when preparing their MPHWPs and other strategies.
Creating heart healthy communities (Word - 2.56MB) was developed by the Heart Foundation as a council resource with programs and policies that address risk factors for heart disease. Included in this document are actions councils may consider when preparing Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans, Municipal Strategic Statements and Council Plans. The resource outlines three Heart Foundation priority areas for local government including food and nutrition, active living and smoke-free outdoor areas.
For more information, contact:
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