Health and Wellbeing Plan

The function of Council under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 is to seek to protect, improve and promote public health and wellbeing within the municipal district. 

The Act requires that Councils prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP) every four years, within the 12 months after a council election. Section 26 (2) of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 states that a MPHWP must:

  1. include an examination of data about health status and health determinants in the municipal district;
  2. identify goals and strategies based on available evidence for creating a local community in which people can achieve maximum health and wellbeing;
  3. provide for the involvement of people in the local community in the development, implementation and evaluation of the public health and wellbeing plan;
  4. specify how the Council will work in partnership with the Department and other agencies undertaking public health initiatives, projects and programs to accomplish the goals and strategies identified in the public health and wellbeing plan;
  5. be consistent with—
    1. the Council Plan prepared under section 125 of the Local Government Act 1989; and
    2. the Municipal Strategic Statement prepared under section 12A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The Act also requires that Councils make considerations for climate change under Section 14 of the Climate Change Act (2010) as well as considerations for family violence as outlined in recommendation 94 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.  

The Shire’s draft ‘Our Health and Wellbeing 2021 – A Plan for the Mornington Peninsula 2017-21’ has been developed based on:

  • Policy directions set by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and outlined in the current Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-19 and Outcomes Framework.
  • Key themes and directions of the Our Peninsula 2021 – Council Plan
  • Secondary data obtained through various sources including the Census 2016, Victorian Population Health Survey 2014 and VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015.
  • Guidance from the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Health and Wellbeing Committee
  • Community consultation data obtained via the Your Peninsula 2021 initiative undertaken in 2016
  • Feedback obtained during a Stakeholder Workshop held in March 2017
  • Ongoing liaison with internal and external stakeholders

The vision of the Plan is to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of the Mornington Peninsula community.  It adopts a preventative and early intervention approach based on the Social Model of Health and is framed under the four Council Plan themes:

  1. Our Place
  2. Our Connectivity
  3. Our Prosperity
  4. Our Wellbeing

The Plan outlines a set of health and wellbeing actions framed under each of the Council Plan’s strategic objectives. These actions have been drafted through internal consultations and are aligned with progress indicators from the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-19 and liveability domains. Implementation of the Plan will occur via annual action plan and reports. Evaluation will be undertaken in the form of collective impact measurements, ongoing review of secondary data sources and community engagement. 

Community members were consulted through implementation of the Your Peninsula 2021 initiative. Councillors, key stakeholders and Council officers were invited to a Stakeholder Workshop conducted in March 2017 at which there was opportunity to contribute to the development of actions for the Plan. 

Download: Draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21(PDF, 1MB)

Have Your Say

Please note: submissions close on Friday 13 October 2017

By Mail: address submissions to:  Draft Health & Wellbeing Plan, Senior Social Planner, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939

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