What is a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP)?

    A Council must, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Health, prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan within the period of 12 months after each general election of the Council.

    A Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan must:

    • include an examination of data about health status and health determinants in the municipal district;
    • identify goals and strategies based on available evidence for creating a local community in which people can achieve maximum health and wellbeing;
    • provide for the involvement of people in the local community in the development, implementation and evaluation of the public health and wellbeing plan;
    • specify how the Council will work in partnership with the Department and other agencies undertaking public health initiatives, projects and programs to accomplish the goals and strategies identified in the public health and wellbeing plan;
    • be consistent with the Community Plan prepared under section 125 of the Local Government Act 1989; and the municipal strategic statement prepared under section 12A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

    In preparing a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, a Council must have regard to the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.

    Why do we need a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan?

    The MPHWP is a legislative requirement for all local Governments in Victoria. The plan lasts for 4 years (the same as electoral cycles) and aims to create an environment for our communities to prosper and enjoy improved health and wellbeing.  

    Where can I find the previous Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan?

    The current 2009-2012 Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan can be found in the library section of this website.  

    What is Council’s role in public health and wellbeing?

    Council plays an important role in controlling public health threats by providing services in accordance with the law and legislative responsibilities such as those contained in the Victorian Health, Food and Environment Protection Acts.

    Council provides services to address threats to health and the immediate environment by ensuring a safe food supply; investigating infectious disease outbreaks; controlling unreasonable noise; monitoring environmental hazards; investigating public health complaints; maternal and child health services; controlling litter; and discharging waste water.

    Local Government has also been providing immunisation programs since the 1950s to protect the public from vaccine preventable diseases such as polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella. Advances in public health have seen new vaccines developed to prevent illness from the flu, meningitis, chicken pox and the papillomavirus that causes cervical cancer.

    Council works with the community to encourage healthy habits and provides services that prevent disease and protect public health.