The foundations for the health promotion program implemented by Council are drawn from the Kiama Health Plans - 2001-2004 and 2005-2008. In June 2011 the Kiama Health Plan 2011-2017 “Creating Environments for Health and Sustainable Living” was released. This Plan, like previous Health Plans, is principally designed to influence how sections of Council can work together to develop a healthier community within the Municipality.
Local Government has always been considered the level of government closest to the people and it has a lead role in community building. Local Government also has an important role in designing and developing the type of local environments that support and enhance health and wellbeing. Council sees the health of the local community as a shared responsibility in which they have a vital role to play.
The Kiama Health Plan 2011-2017 is primarily focused on strategies to promote health and wellbeing and disease prevention. The Plan identifies strategies to address priority issues. The Plan is divided into 4 sections, each including a number of priority issues. These are:
Through these programs, Kiama was recognised as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Healthy City in August 2008.
The implementation of the Health Plan is overseen by the Kiama Health and Sustainability Committee. The Committee consists of Council staff, Councillors and community representatives to ensure a coordinated, community based approach to the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives.
Kiama Health and Sustainability Advisory Committee was formed in 2008 (then called the Sustainable Kiama Communities Project) to provide a mechanism for community participation in council planning, project delivery and decision-making via a consultative process around Health and Sustainability issues in the Kiama LGA.
Council has now reviewed the membership of this committee and nominations are invited from individuals for its consideration. If you are interested in joining the committee but want to know more about the committee, please feel free to call Nick Guggisberg (Manager Community & Cultural Development) on 42 32 0433, or download the application forms and submit as outlined.
In developing this Health Plan 2011-2017, Council wants to build on the successes of previous Plans. Since its initiation in 1997, through a partnership with Healthy Cities Illawarra, Kiama Council has been recognised nationally and internationally for its Health Planning and programs. These achievements include:
The Health Plan is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of the community and to protect and enhance the environment. It is vital that the plan reflects and responds to needs, to do this it must be flexible and dynamic. We invite you to provide feedback and suggestions for the continual progression of the Plan.
Last updated: Thursday 21 March, 2013