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 men and women, boys and girls 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.

Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing: Discussion paper

We have developed a discussion paper in partnership with Council’s Health and Wellbeing Reference Group. 

You or your club, community group or agency is invited to engage with the discussion questions and provide us with your feedback. Written submissions addressing any of the issues in the discussion paper are invited from agencies, community groups and individuals.

Nillumbik Health and Wellbeing Survey

The survey is anonymous and takes just 10 minutes to complete. The combined results will give Council valuable information for the next health plan.  

The survey and submissions are open until 14 May 2017.

Go to the Have Your say page to submit your feedback or complete the survey.

Community Workshops

Positive Ageing in Nillumbik
Where: Hurstbridge Hub
When: Friday 21 April 12pm to 4.15pm
RSVP: or 9433 3157
Health and Wellbeing priorities and housing needs for older people
Lunch is provided, and transport can be arranged if required

Housing for older people in Nillumbik
Where: Civic Centre
When: Monday 8 May 5.30pm to 8pm
Downsizing information and options for older people in Nillumbik
Supper will be provided


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. 

  1. 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

  2. Community grants for projects that enhance health and wellbeing

  3. 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

  4. 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

Useful links

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

LiveLighter Campaign
Promotes healthy eating and physical activity through information and resources

Heart Foundation
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