Health and Wellbeing
Join the discussion on local health and wellbeing priorities
The Health and Wellbeing plan 2017-2021 will set out the priorities for Nillumbik so that all have the opportunity to attain their full health potential. These include enabling ways to be physically active, eat healthy food, connect with others, keep learning, access employment, live sustainably, and feel safe.
We want to hear from you about what you think our community health and wellbeing priorities should be.
We will use the information you provide to help inform Council’s next Health and Wellbeing plan 2017-2021.
Results of the Community Engagement
Thank you for giving us your feedback on Health and Wellbeing in Nillumbik. The key findings are presented in the report, Nillumbik Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017 - 2021: Community Engagement Report(PDF, 980KB)
The draft plan will be available for further feedback during August 2017.
What is the Nillumbik Health and Wellbeing plan?
Every four years, Councils are required by the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 to prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan to ‘protect, improve and promote public health and wellbeing within the municipal district.
How does Council make a difference to health and wellbeing?
Council influences health and wellbeing in several ways.
Providing direct services and programs, infrastructure and facilities including:
Maternal and Child Health, childcare, aged and disability services, community development, youth programs, libraries, Living and Learning Centres, and community centres
Roads and footpaths, waste collection, street cleaning, and building inspections
Inspection of food premises, animal management, local law enforcement
Recreational facilities including leisure centres, swimming pools, sporting grounds, parks and open spaces, trails
Arts and cultural activities and events
Community grants for projects that enhance health and wellbeing
Working in partnership – we work together with local agencies and stakeholders to support the delivery of community health and wellbeing projects such as Men’s Sheds, reducing sugary drinks in our recreational facilities
Advocacy, for example we successfully advocated for a local headspace and a community mental health nurse. Recently we advocated to State and Federal government on issues such as gambling, drug law reform, and out of home care for young people.
What is the Health and Wellbeing Reference Group?
This group is made up key stakeholders including representatives of agencies and service providers, and community members, whose nominations were selected in response to Council advertising. The group provides stakeholder knowledge and advice to identify current and future public health and wellbeing issues and needs.
Why do you need me to participate?
A new Health and Wellbeing plan is written every four years. We need your feedback in relation to community priorities for health and wellbeing. Council will consider all of the feedback, which is analysed and collated into themes and issues. The plan is then developed with regard for this feedback and in partnership with local health and community service providers.
Nillumbik Health and Wellbeing Profile 2016
The health and wellbeing profile is collection of recent data on the social determinants of health, physical and mental health, lifestyle factors, and environmental factors that have an impact on health and wellbeing. This data will help inform the next Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021
Nillumbik Health and Wellbeing Profile 2016(PDF, 2MB)
Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan
The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013 – 2017 is a statutory requirement of Council under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. The plan includes an analysis of local health determinants and was developed with the involvement of the community to identify a strategic approach to:
Plan for health – by strengthen and integrating health planning and processes across the life stages
Protect health – protect the community through our effort in delivering services, programs, facilities and infrastructure
Health promotion – prevention strategies to promote health and wellbeing throughout the municipality
Shire of Nillumbik Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013 - 2017(PDF, 2MB)
There are other relevant strategies and policies on the Strategies, policies and legislation page
Victoria's leading health promotion foundation, focussing on promoting good health and preventing chronic disease
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
The Victorian Government department responsible for all health services, mental health, ageing and aged care, and preventative health
Better Health Channel
Provide health and medical information that is quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand, regularly reviewed and locally relevant
Promotes healthy eating and physical activity through information and resources
Aims to improve health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease
Victorian Cancer Council
Aims to reduce the impact of all cancers for all Victorians
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
An independent agency responsible for reducing problem gambling and minimising harm from gambling
National Health Services Directory
A not for profit community resource about local health services