Community Engagement – Living Well Regional Health & Wellbeing Plan

The Cities of Unley and Mitcham are working together to prepare a Regional Public Health and Wellbeing Plan for their communities. 

Based on feedback from the initial community consultation in January 2014 and research undertaken, the draft Living Well Regional Plan for Health and Wellbeing for the Cities of Unley and Mitcham (Living Well Plan) has been developed and we are now seeking your further feedback and input to assist us in refining the plan prior to finalisation.
Our Living Well plan is aimed at ensuring that both Councils provide every opportunity for a “Healthy Community” – where each community and the region overall is active, connected, safe and equitable and embraces healthy living and wellbeing.
The Living Well plan provides an overview of the project, an assessment of our regional “State Of Health” and outlines the proposed strategic directions for promoting health and wellbeing in the Cities of Unley and Mitcham.
The plan is aligned to the requirements detailed in the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 and State Public Health Plan – SA Health: South Australia: A Better Place to Live.
Have your say by visiting our online discussion forum and reading the Living Well plan: You can also contact our Customer Centre on 83725111 and request a hard copy feedback form and summary Fact Sheet.
Feedback will be received until close of business Friday 4th July 2014, and will be considered by the Project Team in finalising the Plan.
For further information please contact Pam Hocking on 83725108
We look forward to hearing from you.

Time for your help again

The Cities of Unley and Mitcham are seeking your views on the key directions for the Regional Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

The Cities of Unley and Mitcham are working together to prepare a Regional Public Health and Wellbeing Plan for their communities.
This plan is aimed at ensuring that both Councils provide every opportunity for a “Healthy Community” – where each community and the region overall is active, connected, safe and equitable and embraces healthy living and wellbeing.
Have your say on-line at regional-public-health-and-wellbeing-plan or contact Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108 or email [email protected] for a hard copy of the community engagement flyer on the project and/or for a feedback form.

(Just) two elected members joined a number of residents for Mayors Round table

Once again Goodwood South shows the way with their two elected members (Jennie & I) the only two who coudl join the mayor for his recent “round table” discussion on Healthy & Active Communities

We had a great discussion last week discussing things healthy, with some really good thoughts put on the table for council to consider.

Key Points to come out are as follows:
Health is not only about playing sports.  Health needs to be viewed as inclusive of physical and mental health.
·         Council’s primary role in ‘healthy and active communities’ is in providing infrastructure for both physical activity and for social connection (mental health).
·         Community gardens,( e.g. Fern Ave) encourage positive physical and mental health
·         Windsor Nature Garden is viewed favourably as a facility to increase physical activity, however bike signage needs to be improved.  Views that it should be a shared bike/ pedestrian path.
·         People’s ‘disconnection with community’ has a detrimental role in health and recovery times from illness.
·         Goodwood Community Centre should cater more to those community members who work, by providing health and well being programs after hours and on weekends.
·         The important role ‘dog walking’ plays in physical health and support for dog parks which also enable community integration.
·         Coffee shops often act as ‘community centres’.
·         Public campaigns needed to further encourage healthy eating.
·         Definitions of ‘healthy community’ should also include a pollution fee and safe community.
·         Physical activity on the decline due to technology and competition with ‘in house’ entertainment options.
·         Importance of building resilience, defined as the ability to deal with stress or changes in personal conditions.
·         Importance of maximising the use of shared spaces.
·         Role of ‘Community Gardening kits’ in encouraging healthy eating and sustainability.

In answer to the question “What could encourage you to be more ‘healthy and active’?” we got these responses

·         Pedometer program/ community walking challenge
·         Being able to walk to other activities
·         Free activities
·         Trolleys that could be walked home (for additional step count on pedometers)
In answer to this question “What could encourage the community to be more ‘healthy and active’?”

·         Organisation of walking groups
·         Promotion of pedometer program (Council purchases or gives discounts on pedometers – perhaps as incentive for paying rates on time)
·         Use ‘meet up’  ap to advertise online opportunities for people to meet with other members of their community
·         More access to dog parks
·         Organised historical walks
·         Using visitor schemes to take people out walking with others
·         Link physical and social connections program with providing a walking maps of coffee shops, including the distance between each.
·         Outdoor exercise programs in the Village Green
·         Encourage community centres, schools, kindys, coffee shops etc. to invite the community in to build connections
·         Big Yoga event on Unley Oval
·         Letting people know schools and other community facilities are open after hours for community access for recreation
·         Regular come try activities
·         Improved communication on what is already available
·         Public health campaigns
·         Walking paths that are well lit and functional
Target Groups were identified as follows:
Elderly – in particular those in nursing homes, (encouraging them to be part of the broader community)
·         People with physical disabilities
·         Young people – need to understand their needs
·         Mums of young children
·         Target elderly for bike riding.
 For your information this information will help with   Development of a joint City of Unley/ Mitcham Public Health Plan, Development of a healthy communities program proposal and to help us review our Recreation and Sport Plan

Councils New Job is to keep you healthy

That is the headline in a storey on Adelaide Now today. And yes councils, forever under pressure to keep rates down, are expected to take on more responsibility.

The article can be accessed via the following link

and yes Unley is the champion referred to in providing gym equipment in Goodwood, actually Forestville Reserve. Pity it won’t be accessible for the next 9 months while the rail revitalisation proceeds.

This will be one to watch as we see yet another cost shift exercise and a shift in criticism of government interference into our lives from North Terrace to the various Council Chambers around this state.

An opportunity to link Public Health with the Eastern Health Authority

Council has been presented with an opportunity to join the Eastern Health Authority.
The Eastern Health Authority is body set up by a group of eastern councils and includes the Cities of Prospect, Campbelltown, Walkerville, Norwood-Payneham-St Peters and Burnside.
There are advantages to joining this group and these were debated at our recent City Strategy & Policy Meeting. They have been identified as follows:
ü  An opportunity to provide shared services whereby the City of Unley would be included in EHA’s Regional Environmental Health Management Plan as required under the South Australian Public Health Act 2
ü  Environmental Health Services would be provided by a larger operator ensuring business continuity.
ü  Consolidation of environmental health officer skill and expertise in an employment market where a shortage of Environmental Health Professionals has been experienced.
ü  Alignment with the principals of the Eastern Region Alliance agreement.
ü  The cost analysis indicates an ongoing budget saving for the City of Unley of $7 966.
During the debate we also acknowledged the following disadvantages:
ü   Residents of the City of Unley may associate environmental services with EHA, and not the City of Unley.
ü  Loss of direct control over services, however, the City of Unley would be required to appoint two elected members to be EHA Board Members and would therefore contribute to decision making processes.
We voted to hold off on a decision pending more research from our administration including considering if other more appropriate partnerships can be formed that would be of benefit to us.
I believe we should consider this very carefully and in so doing be very mindful of the need for any public health plan developed in concert with other councils truly reflects our own unique public health issues, not shared by any group we may consider joining.

South Australian Public Health Act 2011 adds to councils responsabilities

Managing our responsibilities for provision of health services will change under the new South Australian Public Health Act 2011.
I was the only City of Unley councillor who attended a briefing on this during the last week.
Not much if anything has changed in the actual function of providing the service, although the Act does make us the responsible “authority” for health in our region. It has not been designed to increase our involvement but to better co-ordinate current activity.
What is going to happen that will require our finding additional resources is we will be required to develop a “local public health” plan and a stronger emphasis on health promotion and prevention of lifestyle deseases. This plan must be integrated into our strategic plan rather than be a stand-alone document. Fortunately for us we are undertaking to develop a new strategic plan.
The plan must take into account and have regard for the State Plan that is to be developed by the Minister and which will set the priorities. Each geographical area obviously has its own unique public health issues and these will be reflected in the individual plans.
The Act does allow for us to stand alone or develop a plan regionally, in a cluster if you will.