Healthy and Safe Environment
A body of evidence now shows that where we live can impact our health, and access to quality open space, trees and vegetation, delivers many tangible physical and mental health benefits.
Green healthy spaces contribute to improved community health, so communities, local governments and organisations throughout Melbourne’s west have commenced a Greening the West initiative. It involves prioritising the right spaces for renewal where the greatest positive community impact can be achieved.
Sport, recreation and physical activity is essential for both physical and mental health and wellbeing and plays an important part in preventative health programs. With a fast growing population, Melbourne’s west needs to build its capacity in junior sport, community participative sport, informal active recreation and elite sport. There are also opportunities to strengthen and encourage partnerships between preventative health agencies and sporting groups in the region.
Promotion of active living in the region will be greatly assisted by advances in efforts to address perceived community safety. Studies on subpopulations of women, children, older adults and people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds show a stronger positive correlation between real and perceived danger to personal safety and sedentary lifestyles. Policies and investments in our region that enable safety, security and crime prevention will contribute to achievement of better community health and wellbeing outcomes.
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|