Connected. Sustainable. Active. Healthy. Safe.
These themes are the basis for the City of Bayside’s Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2009-2013
This four-year plan is a strategic framework through which Council aims to facilitate the highest levels of health and wellbeing in the local community.
Council adopted the Bayside’s Health and Wellbeing Plan 2009-2013, also known as the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP) in March 2010. The Health and Wellbeing Plan sets out the key health issues for the municipality and identifies how Council intends to improve health over the next four years. The plan is based on a social model of health
Local governments in Victoria have had a long-standing association with public health, through sanitation, housing standards, food safety and the prevention of infectious diseases. While these remain important functions for local government, the emphasis has shifted from protection to prevention.
The Plan has been developed recognising where we live, the lifestyle choices we make and the social connections we have influences our health and wellbeing.
The development of this Plan has occurred in conjunction with a wider place-based planning process and included:
- An analysis of health and demographic data
- Research and consultation with the community through focus groups and surveys
- Planning workshops with key stakeholders and staff
Five-priority action areas have been developed that will guide Council departments, local service providers, community organisations and businesses and will provide a framework for health promotion/planning in the municipality.
- Socially connected and inclusive communities
- Sustainability and climate change adaptation
- Being active eating well
- Protection of public and environmental health
- Safe environments for all
For more information about the Health and Wellbeing Plan 2009-2013, contact Bayside's Health Planner on 9599 4413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Promotion Campaign
Creating Mentally Healthy Communities
We hear a lot about what we can do to keep our bodies healthy, but we need to hear more about how we can keep our minds healthy too.
Bayside Council is proud to be one of 13 organisations to partner with the Kingston Bayside Primary Care Partnership to implement the Act-Belong-Commit Mental Health Promotion campaign in the municipalities of Bayside and Kingston over the next 3 years. Act-Belong-Commit is the first evidenced-based mental health promotion campaign of its kind.
The Act-Belong-Commit campaign encourages everyone to do things to keep mentally healthy. It focuses on building good mental health and preventing mental illness and it is aimed at everybody.
Keeping mentally healthy is as important as staying physically healthy, and it’s as easy as A-B-C. Keeping active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life are all good for our mental health and wellbeing. We not only feel happier, but we can cope better with problems and stress. Act-Belong-Commit - Just try it.
Act – Keep physically, socially and mentally active. Take a walk, ride a bike, read a book, dance, do a crossword puzzle; stop for a chat. Being active helps cope with stress, builds friendships and lifts spirits. Do more things you enjoy.
Belong – Join a book club, a sporting team or a cooking class. Be more involved in community groups or a volunteer organisation. Belonging helps build friendships, creates opportunities, strengthens communities and feels good. Just keep showing up - after seven appearances you will be considered a ‘regular’!
Commit – Take up a cause or help others in your community. Set some goals for yourself. Be a volunteer or a coach or a mentor. Support your community clubs and groups. Volunteer for office. Try something challenging: learn something new. Help others. Commitment creates opportunities for you and others, it creates a sense of belonging and it feels good. Commitment gives meaning to life.
For more information visit the Kington Bayside Primary Care Partnership website
Page last updated: 01 Mar 2012