To be a productive population, it is necessary to be a healthy population. At present, the health of the population in Melbourne’s west is poorer than other regions as evidenced by a number of indicators. Mental illness, diabetes and obesity feature strongly. Over time, this will impose a significant cost burden on governments, businesses and the community unless the issues are addressed.
The Community Wellbeing thread includes all aspects of health: physical, mental, and social well-being; not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It reflects focus on the social determinants of health, recognising the economic and social conditions—and their distribution among the population—that influence individual and group differences in health status.
- Improved health and stronger community development through provision of appropriate services and infrastructure will mean that people are more able to obtain jobs, build successful lives and contribute to the economic and social improvement of the region.
- When there are scarce public funds available, investment in preventative health initiatives saves money being spent on costly treatment of illness and disease.
- Promoting improved and more specialised health services will help attract more professionals to live in the region.
- Investment to build ‘social capital’ enhances community morale and provides the supporting social fabric necessary for people to pursue learning and jobs.
- Appropriate and adequate facilities and services are an essential component of sustainable and cohesive new communities.
The Western Agenda sets out the following Community Wellbeing goals for our region through to 2016:
- Improved population health in Melbourne’s west.
- Increased investment in health and wellbeing facilities and services throughout Melbourne’s west.
- Increased numbers of health professionals working in Melbourne’s west.
- Strengthened social cohesion and community resilience throughout Melbourne’s west.
- Increased appreciation of cultural and linguistic and other forms of diversity throughout the region.
- Population growth and service demand
- Attracting health professionals
- Better Health Plan for the West
- A healthy and safe environment
- Social diversity, inclusion and cohesion
- Housing and homelessness
To learn more about the targets, priority actions and responsibilities for advancing Community Wellbeing in Melbourne’s west, please download a copy of the Western Agenda (links below).
If you would like to discuss Community Wellbeing with LeadWest, please contact us.
|Feb 18, 2013||Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 1||5.39 MB|
|Feb 18, 2013||Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 2||8.14 MB|