A Public Health Plan is a strategic document that outlines actions to improve community health and wellbeing. In July 2019, the State Government released WA Department of Health's State Public Health Plan for Western Australia: Objectives and Policy Priorities for 2019 – 2024 (State Public Health Plan). The release of the State Public Health Plan coincides with an amendment (Part 5) to the Public Health Act 2016, to make public health plans mandatory for every local government in WA. It is anticipated that Part 5 of the Public Health Act 2016 will be enacted in July 2022, further supporting and driving ongoing improvements to the health and wellbeing of local communities.
Ideally, actions included in a Public Health Plan align with the State Public Health Plan objectives and policy priorities. The aim of this is for both Local and State Governments to work in unison, more effectively, whilst directing resources that target greater areas of public health need.
Public health planning is about taking a proactive approach to preventative health, with the focus being on achieving long-term public health outcomes through the planning process.
For more information on the State Public Health Plan, visit Department of Health's website here.
The Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021 – 2024 has been developed in order to meet the State Public Health Plan objectives and policy priorities.
The Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021 - 2024 is the City’s second Public Health Plan and focuses on three key objectives, those being:
- Prevent chronic disease through empowering and enabling people to live healthy lives
- Provide environmental health protection for the community
- Improve and maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Each of these objectives have associated strategies and actions that the City will work to implement to improve community health and wellbeing. A twelve month reporting framework will provide detailed information relating to the actions outlined in this plan and will be submitted to the City's Executive. Reporting to the Department of Health, in line with recommendations in the State Public Health Plan, will be carried out as required under Part 5 of the Public Health Act 2016.
For more information, please contact the City's Health and Wellbeing Officer on 08 9394 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Armadale’s Community Health and Wellbeing 2020 Project aimed to engage a range of community members and service providers to gather both quality data and feedback about the community’s health and wellbeing priorities and concerns. This input was sought to support the development of the City’s second Public Health Plan to meet the requirements of Part 5 of the Public Health Act 2016.
Community engagement for the Community Health and Wellbeing Project 2020, ran from the 1 October to 30 November 2020. In addition to surveying residents, the City also consulted with local Aboriginal Elders, children, community and service provider organisations, City of Armadale Access and Inclusion Reference Group and staff. Local data sets were also reviewed when developing the City's second Public Health Plan, the Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021 – 2024.
Service providers and community groups are encouraged to use the Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021 – 2024, and its associated evidence, when planning and developing programs and/or projects to submit to the City for funding.
To view the results of this project, please view the City’s Community Health and Wellbeing Project 2020 – Community Engagement Results (downloadable below).
The City acknowledges that health is impacted by a variety of determinants, which not only focus on individual behaviour, but the social, economic, built and natural environments that we live, work and play in.
The City's first Health and Wellbeing Plan was developed through a review of local health data and information, and consultation with residents, public health organisations and staff.
For each of the identified priority health issues, a number of strategies have been proposed under the broad priority areas of Environmental Health Protection, Chronic Disease Prevention, and Enhanced Community Lifestyle.
The City recognises that many factors affecting health fall outside the scope of local government, therefore partnerships have been established with relevant external agencies that also influence the health and wellbeing of residents.
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