Understanding health and wellbeing
Victorians’ health and wellbeing is high by international standards and significant gains have been made in recent years. The health and wellbeing of the Port Phillip community is also relatively high (VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015).
Available data shows that we are similar to the Victorian average in terms of general wellbeing, life satisfaction, daytime safety, resilience, levels of psychological distress, participation in health screening activities (for example, blood pressure checks), neighbourhood cohesion, social trust, willingness to intervene in a situation of family violence, and fruit, vegetable and water consumption.
Our community has some favourable outcomes compared to the Victorian average, such as levels of physical activity and obesity, smoking rates, income and socioeconomic indicators, and some chronic disease. Port Phillip also has higher than average levels of gender equity awareness, which contributes to lower rates of family violence.
However, we also experience less favourable outcomes. Areas of concern include use of alcohol and illicit drugs, crime, sedentary work behaviours, housing affordability, people experiencing homelessness and sexually transmitted infections.
VicHealth defines health equity as “the notion that everyone should have fair opportunities to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential if it can be avoided” (VicHealth 2020).
Detailed information on Port Phillip’s population and health is available below.
Council's role in planning for health and wellbeing
Local government is well positioned to directly influence the conditions that enable positive health and wellbeing.
Council has a legislative responsibility under the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 to prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every four years.
To recognise the important role Council plays in supporting health and wellbeing, we have integrated the planning, implementation and evaluation requirements of Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan into the Council Plan 2021-31.
Integrating our plans in this way ensures we are working to protect, improve and promote public health and wellbeing in everything we do.