Greater Bendigo Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021
The Greater Bendigo Health and Wellbeing Plan was endorsed by Council in October 2017.
The plan meets the City of Greater Bendigo’s requirements to prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every four years. It is a strategic document that aims to promote, improve and protect the health and wellbeing of Greater Bendigo’s residents.
The plan includes key goals for Council and other organisations which are based on the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Framework:
- Healthy and Well
- Safe and Secure
- Able to Participate
- Connected to culture and community
The following backgrounds reports have been prepared:
The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (the Act) mandates that Local Governments across Victoria must prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (Plan) every four years.
The Act (Section 26) mandates that the Plan must:
Include an examination of data about health status and health determinants in the municipal district
Identify the goals and strategies based on evidence for creating a local community in which people can achieve maximum health
Provide for involvement of people in the development, implementation and evaluation of the public health plan
Specify how Council will work in partnership with the Department of Human Services (now the Department of Health and Human Services – DHHS) and other agencies undertaking public health initiatives, projects and programs to achieve the goals identified.
In May 2017 the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services released guidance for local government that requires councils to “report on the measures they propose to take to reduce family violence and respond to the needs of victim” in preparing their municipal public health and wellbeing plans.
In addition to the requirements of the Act, the Victorian Climate Change Act 2011 requires that the Plan also consider the impact of climate change, both short and long term, when making decisions about health and wellbeing priorities.