City identifies health priorities in its first Public Health Plan

Published on Tuesday, 27 June 2023 at 4:02:24 PM

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Councillors have endorsed the City’s first Public Health Plan (PHP) 2023-2027 at last night’s Council meeting.

Following months of consultation with residents, service providers, community organisations, schools, and other stakeholders, the City (with the support of experienced consultants from Stoneham and Associates) have developed the City’s first PHP to guide future service provision for the well-being of residents.

The PHP identifies three main outcome areas including, the health and well-being of residents, ensuring residents feel connected and have opportunities to participate and that our city is liveable.

Mayor John Bowler said the City’s extensive consultation spans to last year with the City hosting a number of workshops and engagement sessions as well an online survey.

“We were very pleased with the level of input from residents into the preparation of the PHP, with many completing the online survey or attending in-person workshops.”

“The health and well-being of our residents is a priority for the City. Investing in things like facilities, housing, recreation, and events are all important but none of it matters if our residents are not healthy both physically and mentally.”

“The PHP will guide future decision-making and funding to ensure our community is supported in the areas that matter most.”

Six public health priorities were selected for inclusion in the PHP including:

  • Aboriginal wellbeing.
  • Reducing drug misuse, tobacco and e-cigarettes.
  •  Mental health support and services.
  • Access to affordable housing to reduce rough sleeping.
  • Access to fresh, nutritional and affordable food.
  • Environmental health protection.

The PHP will now be submitted to the Western Australian Department of Health as part of therequirements of the Public Health Act 2016 and once endorsed, will be available on the City’s website.

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