A Public Health Plan is a strategic document that outlines actions to improve community health and wellbeing. In July 2019, the State Government released WA Department of Health's State Public Health Plan for Western Australia: Objectives and Policy Priorities for 2019 – 2024 (State Public Health Plan). The release of the State Public Health Plan coincides with an amendment (Part 5) to the Public Health Act 2016, to make public health plans mandatory for every local government in WA.
Ideally, actions included in a Public Health Plan align with the State Public Health Plan objectives and policy priorities. The aim of this is for both Local and State Governments to work in unison, more effectively, whilst directing resources that target greater areas of public health need.
Public health planning is about taking a proactive approach to preventative health, with the focus being on achieving long-term public health outcomes through the planning process.
The Town will be supporting and driving ongoing improvements to the health and wellbeing of our local community.