A report on Mount Gambier’s five-year regional public health plan has been endorsed by the local council, paving the way for the future of the region’s health policy.
Discussed at Mount Gambier City Council’s meeting last week, the paper identified 12 areas of focus for the council from 2021-26.
These include addressing poor nutrition diet, obesity and physical inactivity among the region’s population. Additionally, the plan seeks to address improving outcomes for potentially avoidable hospital admissions, degenerative and mobility for the aged and substance abuse (including tobacco, illicit drugs and alcohol).
Furthermore, the council would tackle the mental health crisis, suicide prevention, domestic violence rates, as well as delayed early childhood development, environmental sustainability and accessibility for disability access and inclusion.
However, the discussion at council most recently was based around public feedback received on the draft Regional Public Health Plan, which proved to be a failure by the numbers.
Engagement statistics from the public consultation period showed only two submissions, with 15 downloads of the public health plan – a document which will shape the region’s public health policy over the next five years.
According to the council, the public consultation process involved notices and articles in local print media, radio interviews, promotion on council’s Facebook page and a consultation page on the ‘Have Your Say Mount Gambier’ website.