Plan for fair and inclusive Bayside

Through the development of the health and wellbeing plan, Council is focusing on improving access and inclusion for people living with a disability in Bayside.

We have developed the draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021 -2025 (MPHWP) and want to ensure it connects with all ages and abilities. We need a wide range of experiences and ideas, particularly from people living with a disability or caring for someone with a disability – so please get involved and share this opportunity with your community.

How did we get to this point?

We have developed this plan following an extensive consultation process speaking with community members across all ages and abilities to understand the biggest opportunities to improve health and wellbeing and what are the barriers that need to be overcome.

As part of this process, we also collaborated with our agency partners and our key committees including Bayside Healthy Ageing Reference Group and Bayside’s Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee to understand how they can support us in delivering the key actions from the plan.

What is the Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee’s role be in delivering the plan?

The first and main mission of the committee is to provide advice on the development of the MPHWP from the perspective of people with lived experience of disability. The committee has already been briefed on the draft plan and will now consider the feedback that comes through this engagement process. The next stage will involve implementing the actions as part of the Disability Action Plan.

What are the goals and objectives outlined in the plan?

The draft plan outlines four key goals and fourteen objectives for Council to prioritise over the next four years.

Goal 1: Connected and thriving community

  • 1.1 Improve community mental wellbeing and resilience
  • 1.2 Support opportunities that build social networks and community connections
  • 1.3 Enhance and support formal and informal volunteerism
  • 1.4 Reduce social isolation and loneliness

Goal 2: Healthy and active community

  • 2.1 Increase active and passive physical activity opportunities for all ages and abilities
  • 2.2 Improve healthy eating practices
  • 2.3 Reduce consumption of alcohol and other drugs

Goal 3: Respectful and safe community

  • 3.1 Reduce family violence, violence against women and elder abuse
  • 3.2 Improve community attitudes and behaviours towards gender equity and child safety
  • 3.3 Promote positive and respectful relationships
  • 3.4 Identify opportunities to improve community safety and support crime prevention strategies

Goal 4: Fair and inclusive community

  • 4.1 Promote and celebrate community diversity
  • 4.2 Ensure access to affordable, appropriate, and inclusive services, facilities and infrastructure
  • 4.3 Minimise health inequalities across groups within the community
  • 4.4 Ensure all members of our community has equitable access to opportunities

How can I get involved?

The draft Public Health and Wellbeing Plan will be open for feedback until 21 August. View the draft plan and submit feedback on the guiding goals, objectives, and actions on Have Your Say.

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