What is a public health plan?

    A public health plan is a strategic health plan for the community within the local government area. Using data gathered by the Health Department and feedback from the community, the City of South Perth will be able to identify the health issues of most importance to the community as a whole. The Plan will also look at the services, programs and operations of the City to assess how they affect or promote public health, and identify gaps and opportunities for improvement. The Plan then identifies priority areas for actions and objectives that aim to improve public health for the community overall.

    Why are we doing a public health plan?

    Under the new Public Health Act 2016, which is currently being introduced to replace the Health Act 1911, the City must produce a public health plan detailing the current health status of the population of the City of South Perth and provide key priorities for actions for the improvement of the community’s health. Local government public health plans will align with State Government public health plans to ensure the State and local governments are working together to target areas of public health need in a proactive way to achieve long term improvements in public health.

    What is public health?

    Health is defined by the World Health Organisation as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’.

    Public health has a focus that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of a population as a whole rather than at an individual level, to raise the profile of health and wellbeing in a specific area or for a specific group of people.

    Public health is multifaceted and takes into account not only the health status of a group of individuals but the social determinants of health that may have an impact on health and wellbeing. Social determinants of health include those factors which have a direct or indirect impact on health and broadly are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These social determinants of health may include opportunities for education, employment, secure and safe housing, access to healthcare, food and many more.

    (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – Australia’s Health 2016)

    What does the City currently do to promote or improve public health?

    Health and wellbeing of the community has always been a priority for local governments, from the traditional roles of health protection by the provision of basic services such as sewage and sanitation and safe drinking water, to the various other functions and services that we have come to know that local governments provide today. Some of the activities and services already undertaken by the City of South Perth that contribute to public health include:

    • public protection through Environmental Health Services
    • the provision of parks, open spaces and recreational facilities
    • library facilities
    • facilitating community groups
    • events and community programs
    • supporting local sporting clubs.

    How can I provide my feedback?

    You can provide your feedback a number of ways.

    • Register or sign in. Before you can provide your feedback online, you will need to create a username and password for Your Say South Perth. If you have already registered, you can sign in here. Registration only takes a moment and it will make it easier for you to stay in the loop and get involved in future projects.
    • Complete the online survey.
    • Hard copy surveys are available at the South Perth Civic Centre and South Perth and Manning libraries.

    Project staff will also be at the Manning Farmers Market on 30 November and 7 December 2019.

    The survey will close at 4pm, Monday 16 December 2019.

    Do I need to register before I can complete the survey?

    Yes, in order to complete the online feedback form, you must register on Your Say South Perth and create a username and password. Registration only takes a moment, and it will make participating in future projects and online engagement easier in the future.

    If you have already registered, you can sign in here.

    If you’d prefer not to do this, read about other ways to participate.

    What will you do with my feedback?

    All of the feedback received will be analysed and used to help shape the objectives and actions in the draft Public Health Plan. Your feedback will help the City to better understand our community’s health priorities and concerns, and how we can help improve the overall health of the City of South Perth community.

    I’d prefer not to complete the survey online. How else can I give you my feedback?

    No problem. Hard copy surveys are available from the City of South Perth Civic Centre and South Perth and Manning libraries. Simply return your completed survey to the Civic Centre or libraries by 4pm, Monday 16 December 2019.

    Project staff from the City will also be at the Manning Farmers Market on Saturday 30 November and Saturday 7 December, where you can ask questions about the project or grab a hard copy survey.

    What are the next steps?

    Feedback will be analysed and interpreted to identify the main priority areas for our community. This will be used to inform the development of the draft Public Health Plan, along with information from the Department of Health relating to the City’s community health and wellbeing profile, the State Public Health Plan, community and the City’s Strategic Community Plan.

    The draft Public Health Plan is anticipated to go to Council in the first half of 2020 to go out for public comment. After this, any necessary changes will be made to the draft Plan, which will then go back to Council for final adoption.

    How can I ask questions about the project?

    You can ask questions a number of ways.

    • Ask us a question online on Your Say South Perth. We’ll either answer here on the project page, or we’ll email you directly.
    • Come along to the Manning Farmers Market on 30 November and 7 December and speak to a staff member.
    • Email the City at enquiries@southperth.wa.gov.au or phone 9474 0777 and ask to speak to someone about the Public Health Plan.