We deliver health promotion and disease prevention programs focusing on keeping people healthy. Our team supports the integration of state and national programs into our service delivery, as well as developing and implementing projects to increase our capacity to reduce preventable illness.
The Gold Coast holds a long and proud identity as an active and healthy lifestyle city. Driven by lifestyle, opportunity and innovation, the Gold Coast offers a work-life balance unachievable by most of the world’s major cities. However, like many of the world’s major cities, the Gold Coast has demonstrated an increase in preventable health conditions that negatively impact Gold Coast locals, their families and their greater community. Therefore the health and well-being of our community is everyone’s business and in everybody’s interest.
A Health and Wellbeing Strategy with an initial focus on reducing obesity related risk factors and illness is in development in collaboration with numerous government and non-government agencies and community representatives. The Strategy will focus on increased awareness of what is available and opportunities for collaboration; using current resources more effectively; better understand the gaps/needs; how to work together more efficiently and build the evidence to guide our future investments. Obesity is one of the most pertinent community health issues as it has now surpassed tobacco as a major cause of morbidity and mortality.
A Community Jury will be held in early 2017 to better understand community preferences and views toward potential obesity solutions. The jury will consist of a representative group of Gold Coast locals, who will undergo two days of expert information about the key issues to consider, question and answer time with industry experts, and opportunity for discussion, deliberation and reflection. The jury will provide recommendations for consideration by health and community agencies in the planning and delivery of healthy weight services. Community jury differs from focus groups in that time is taken to ensure jury members are well informed of all aspects of the issue and provided with sufficient time for deliberation.
The Active and Healthy Recovery project was funded by Partners in Recovery and developed to create sustainable opportunities for people with a lived experience of mental illness to be able to reconnect with the community through physical activity. Public Health has worked in collaboration with the Active and Healthy Alliance Gold Coast Inc and City of Gold Coast to build better referral options and support for mental health wellbeing. Project evaluation is underway.
For more information on health promotion projects email: GCPHU-HP@health.qld.gov.au.