Public Health Plan

The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (Health Plan) is the strategic document that identifies health and wellbeing priorities for the City of Yarra.

It provides a strategic framework, and records corresponding planned actions to be undertaken by Council and its partners in other Government and non-Government agencies.

Council’s most apparent roles in public health include maternal and child health services, environmental health officers, waste management, needle and syringe collection and grants to community-based health agencies.
However, local governments can help the community to achieve optimal health and wellbeing by creating and fostering the necessary social, economic and environmental conditions.

Yarra’s Health Plans are based on a framework called the Social Model Of Health, where (in tandem with biological and medical factors) improvements in health and wellbeing are achieved by addressing the social and environmental determinants of health, including the natural environment (air, water, vegetation and climate), built environment (parks, street lighting, footpaths, cycling lanes and trails, recreation and community facilities), economic environment (access to employment) and social environment (community participation and connectedness).

Councils are mandated under the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act (2008) to develop an updated four year Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan within twelve months of Council elections.

The current Health Plan 2013-2017 has been adopted by Council (in October 2013) and has been submitted to the Victorian Department of Health.

The Health Plan 2013-2017

The current Health Plan 2013-2017 has four health priorities nominated due to their demonstrable impacts on local population health, as well as their interconnectedness, both in terms of causes and interventions:

  • Health Promoting Environments,
  • Community Safety,
  • Reducing the Harms from Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, and
  • Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health.

Each year Council reviews its Health Plan. In doing so, a yearly implementation plan is produced. The yearly implementation plans and annual progress reports for the current health plan are located below.

pdf format Yarra Health Plan 2013-2017 (1.16 MB)

pdf format Year 1 implementation plan (209.37 KB)

pdf format Year 1 implementation progress report (238.62 KB)

pdf format Year 2 implementation plan (228.88 KB)

pdf format Year 2 implementation progress report (427.19 KB)

pdf format Year 3 implementation plan (427.60 KB)

pdf format Year 3 implementation progress report (233.31 KB)

pdf format Year 4 implementation plan (424.54 KB)

Health Status Report 2016

The Health Status Report includes data for a range of Health and Wellbeing related indicators and will be used to inform future health planning priorities.  

The data examined throughout this report highlights that while Yarra’s health and wellbeing is generally good at the population level, there are key issues impacting on the health and wellbeing of the community. There are also parts of the population that are vulnerable to poorer health and wellbeing outcomes. 

Key health and wellbeing issues have been identified in the areas of:

  • Healthy eating and active living          
  •  Alcohol, tobacco and other drugsMental health            
  • Community safety    
  • Sexual and reproductive health         
  • Health and wellbeing through the life stages (early childhood and older age as key service areas for Council, and given the significant opportunities to influence future health and wellbeing outcomes for adults during early childhood development). 

The report also identifies the following key population groups who are vulnerable to poorer health and wellbeing outcomes:

  • People living in long term disadvantage
  • People from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • People aged 0 to 17 years (there are also significant opportunities to influence adult health and wellbeing outcomes for this age group)
  • People aged over 65 yearsPeople living with a disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ)
  • People experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • People who suffer from an addiction (for example drug or gambling)
  • People working in the sex industry

Download the Health and Wellbeing Status Report 2016


Previous Health Plans
City of Yarra Health Plan 2009-2013 (639.76 KB)

Previous health status report 

Municipal Public Health Plan - Health Status Report - March 2013 - Yarra City Council (2.81 MB)


Further information
Erika Russell
Senior Planner (Community Health and Safety)
9205 5534

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