Health and wellbeing
Wellbeing is a combination of your physical, mental, emotional and social health. It is not just the absence of disease or illness. Wellbeing is important to your quality of life, relationships and your capacity to participate in work and the community.
Council’s role in health and wellbeing
Our role in our community’s health and wellbeing is to:
- deliver health promotion and prevention activities;
- provide some health services, including maternal and child services and some aged care support;
- minimise disease, illness and injury;
- reduce health and wellbeing inequalities; and
- support health-focused behaviours and environments.
We develop a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every 4 years.
We look at who lives in Banyule to plan for the health and wellbeing of the diverse populations within our municipality.
Health and wellbeing is part of all Council decisions: in the services we provide and how places and spaces are designed.
Inclusion, access, equity
We know that some of our communities find it harder to participate fully in community life. We developed the Inclusion Access and Equity Framework to outline how we support Banyule’s diverse communities. The framework is supported by four specific plans:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex and Transgender+ Plan
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Plan
Each plan is overseen and supported by a community-based advisory committee.
Our 3 strategies for working towards health and wellbeing, community participation and economic participation are:
- improving access and equity in Council services and practices
- creating partnerships with community organisations and advocacy
- increasing community awareness.
Tackling barriers to good health
We know that certain social, behavioural, economic and environmental factors prevent some of us from joining in and enjoying better health outcomes. We work with clubs, local organisations, neighbourhood houses and libraries to create a great network and support our work in addressing state and national health priorities.
Services that make a difference
We hope to positively influence people to improve their health and wellbeing by providing great facilities and services. We maintain playgrounds, parks and open spaces: places to play, exercise, socialise, and enjoy the natural environment.
A whole-of-life approach is taken to planning and providing services:
- babies and families: maternal and family support
- young children: early years, kindergartens
- youth and teenagers: youth programs, festivals
- middle years: sporting grounds, social clubs
- older adults: delivered meals, home help, supported day care.
Awareness, education and services
We train our staff to understand social, environmental, and economic factors that can lead to poor health, and educate the community to look after themselves and to identify when they should seek help.
We don’t provide treatment services, but advocate to ensure that they are available to our local community.