“Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.” – WHO Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. Simply put, health promotion is about keeping healthy people healthy, promoting positive wellbeing and reducing preventable illness.
The roles of the Health Promotion staff at OEHCSA are focused on supporting members to plan, action and evaluate collaborative health promotion activities for improved community health and wellbeing outcomes. OEHCSA members have set three priority health and wellbeing issues for the catchment:
- Promoting Access to Nutritious Food
- Alcohol Use and Misuse
- Prevention of Violence Against Women
Our work in health promotion is guided by the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019. This plan sets out the Victorian government’s priorities and vision to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians. It articulates the government’s vision for a Victoria free of the avoidable burden of disease and injury, so that all Victorians can enjoy the highest attainable standards of health, wellbeing, and participation at every age.
The Victorian plan focuses on encouraging healthy living from the early years and throughout life.