Draft Stonnington Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017 – 2021

Press Release | 12 September 2017

More than 350 community members contributed more than 700 suggestions and comments during the development of the Stonnington Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.

The Draft Plan has also been developed in close consultation with key community health agencies and will be available for comment from 6 – 27 September.

The Plan is a key strategic planning tool that aims to maintain and improve public health and wellbeing at a local community level.

It sets out five overarching priority areas that Council and its partners will prioritise to deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes for the community. These areas are Active and Healthy Lifestyle, Community Safety, Vulnerable Communities, Harmful Alcohol and Other Drug Use, Violence and Injury.

The City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Jami Klisaris, said “The Stonnington Public Health and Wellbeing Plan identifies health and wellbeing priorities for residents and provides important insight into how we can work towards a healthier and happier community.”

The Plan outlines how Council will work towards addressing identified priority health areas through a variety of roles including:

  • Leadership on health related policy issues
  • Advocacy on behalf of our community on health and wellbeing issues
  • As a provider of services including immunisation, recreation and aquatic services and creating safe public spaces.

The data shows that across many areas, Stonnington residents continue to enjoy higher levels of health and wellbeing than the rest of Victoria, yet there are still some concerning trends, such as increased rates of some chronic disease and high levels of alcohol related harm.

Approximately 53 per cent of residents rate their health as excellent or very good, and 40 per cent of the population are overweight or obese, considerably lower than the Victorian average. The percentage of those who smoke cigarettes has continued to decline, with only four per cent of residents now daily smokers. However, consumption of alcohol at risky levels remains an area of concern, with 77 per cent of residents having an increased lifetime risk of alcohol related harm.

For more information and details on how to provide feedback, visit connectstonnington.vic.gov.au/healthplan