Creating healthy local communities is more important than ever, with children and young people being the hardest hit by coronavirus and a rapidly changing world.
Councils have a critical role in developing and activating local change to ensure all children and young people have the opportunity to grow up active, socially connected and healthy.
Through the VicHealth Local Government Partnership, we are supporting Victorian councils to create meaningful change within their communities to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
We’re excited to share the next phase of the VicHealth Local Government Partnership – Young people leading healthier communities, enabling all Victorian councils to access our range of new evidence-informed health promotion modules, designed to help councils create the best possible future for children and young people.
Councils are invited to register for the next intake of our partnership to become ‘fast-track’ council partners. Successful councils will gain access to the module implementation support, including:
- Implementation funding – to start putting the modules into practice
- Access to the communities of practice – a chance to collaborate and share knowledge across Victorian councils
- Capability and capacity building training
Partnering councils will be committed to providing meaningful opportunities for children and young people and embedding young people-led solutions into their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans 2021-25.
To find out more about the VicHealth Local Government Partnership head to our Local Government Partnership page.
What you’ll find on this page:
The health promotion modules are toolkits – they provide practical guidance, how-to-guides for taking action and links to additional resources, templates, and case studies. This is all to inform the planning and implementation of health policy and practice change for your council.
The modules are designed to provide options for you to choose the recommended activities that best suit your council, community size and starting point – ensuring that you can make an impact within your community.
The modules consolidate the practice knowledge, experiences and research developed over VicHealth’s many years working in close collaboration with local governments and other expert partners.
These modules encourage councils to prioritise the health, wellbeing and safety of children and young people and to prioritise healthy changes through the spaces, services and strategies within councils’ remit.
These modules include impact streams that address priorities in Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans 2021-25 and enable Victorian local governments to amplify the voices of children and young people through the creation of healthy communities.
Impact streams represent the areas where councils are ideally placed to make changes that will have a sustained impact on the health of their local community.
Councils are not required to complete all impact streams listed within the modules. These modules have been designed to include options that suit councils and communities of varying sizes and capacities – from councils activating a particular impact stream for the first time through to councils ready to take up ambitious systems-level change.