The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 is currently being developed and will outline how Council and other local health organisations will work to address key health priorities to achieve a higher level of health and wellbeing for the people who live, learn, work and play in Ballarat.
The plan has focused on three health and wellbeing issues which impact the whole community, and also acknowledges the many other areas of Council which have an impact on health and wellbeing.
The three priority areas are:
Healthy eating and active living – a regional priority for the Central Highlands
Improving mental health
Reducing violence and injury
The planning process included examination of data in relation to local health and wellbeing issues, consideration of state health and wellbeing priorities, alignment with Councils long term planning document - the Ballarat Strategy, the Council Plan 2017-21, the Municipal Strategic Statement and consultation with community and stakeholders.
For the period 2013-2017 the City of Ballarat applied to the Secretary of the Department of Health for a formal exemption from producing a Municipal Public Health & Wellbeing Plan. The Council has as an alternative produced a fully integrated Council Plan which addresses health and wellbeing priorities across all departments.