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Health and Wellbeing

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 identifies that local governments in Victoria have a role and responsibility to ‘protect, improve and promote public health and wellbeing’.   

This year we’ve worked closely with our community to set Council’s direction in this space for the future.

Kingston’s Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (PHWP) 2021-2025 provides a roadmap for Council’s work to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

Through the Your Kingston Your Future deliberative engagement project, and the development of the Community Vision, we were given a clear picture of what kind of healthy future our community want.

We worked closely with an independently selected, representative Community Panel to develop our strategies for the future. The Community Panel dedicated many hours to develop the vision, a set of recommendations for the Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, Council Plan and plans for how we manage Kingston’s finances and assets.

Council adopted the Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-25 on 25 October 2021. A designed version will be coming soon.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021–2025 envisages a future where people in Kingston can thrive. Find out more about the work we are doing under each of our five priority areas: 

1. A healthy and well community 

Objectives 

1.1 Increase participation in physical activity 

1.2 Increase healthy eating 

1.3 Improve mental wellbeing 

1.4 Reduce harm from alcohol and other drugs, smoking and gambling 

2. A safe and secure community 

Objectives 

2.1 Improve safety in the home and community 

2.2 Improve feelings of safety in the home and community 

2.3 Reduce the prevalence of family violence 

3. A kind and connected community 

Objectives 

3.1 Increase participation in community activities and volunteering 

3.2 Reduce social isolation and loneliness 

3.3 Reduce discrimination 

3.4 Increase inclusion, respect and belonging 

4. A liveable community 

Objectives 

4.1 Increase community understanding and resilience for health impacts of climate change

4.2 Increase availability of social and affordable housing

4.3 Increase equitable participation in the workforce and local economy

4.4 Increase accessible and equitable supply of facilities, services and activities

4.5 Increase access to and improve amenity of open spaces and the natural environment

5. An informed and empowered community 

Objectives 

5.1 Improve provision of accessible health and wellbeing information, programs and services

5.2 Increase participation in lifelong learning and education

Health and wellbeing profile

We prepare a health and wellbeing profile to inform the update of each PHWP. This looks at a range of data to understand health status and health determinants in our community. The main data sources are:

  • Kingston Health and Wellbeing Survey - conducted in November 2020 by Metropolis Research
  • Census 2016 and population forecasting data 
  • Victorian Population Health Survey 
  • Crime data 
  • Australian Early Development Census
  • Social Health Atlas of Australia
Explore Kingston's health and wellbeing data

A range of reports have been prepared to analyse and understand the health status and health determinants in our community. These consist of:

We conduct a Health and Wellbeing Survey every four years to track how the data changes over time and inform each update of the PHWP. You can explore this data through the following reports and dashboard below:

Limitations: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander demographic has not been included because of low sample size (5 people, 1% of sample). LGBTIQ+ demographic has a low sample size (14 people, 2.9% of sample) 

You can further explore population forecasting, demographic, economic and ward profiles of the Kingston community on Kingston's demographics page.  

Contact the Social Development Team with any questions at community@kingston.vic.gov.au or 1300 653 356.