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Health & Wellbeing Plan

Councils are required to develop a health and wellbeing plan every four years. Whilst Council has an obligation to prepare the plan, achieving better health and wellbe­ing outcomes for Warrnambool’s community is a shared responsibility. Improving outcomes relies on collective and sustained effort from a range of partners, including all levels of government, non-government organisations, businesses, health professionals, communities, families and individuals.

An extensive process to develop “Warrnambool – A Healthy City” in 2013 confirmed the priority health and wellbeing issues to be addressed over time. Based on a review of health and wellbeing data, policy and feedback received from the local community, the existing long term priorities remain unchanged, and action on “other drugs” has been added in this iteration.

For more information about the health and wellbeing data, policy and community engagement learnings you can download the following reports from this page:

Appendix 1 – Health & Wellbeing Profile 2017
Appendix 2 - Health & Wellbeing Engagement Learnings Comparison Report: 2013 v 2017.
Appendix 3 – Health & Wellbeing Policy Review July 2017

The Priority Issues

The plan developed in 2013 endorsed 8 priorities to be addressed. These continue to align with state policy and local priorities and so remain in 2017 – 2021. Both the policy review and community engagement learnings undertaken to inform the new plan, suggest that “other drugs” should be added to the priorities and this issue is now included in the 2017-2021 Plan.  The priorities for action are:

  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Harmful use of alcohol & other drugs
  • Smoking
  • Violence against women and children
  • Mental (social & emotional) wellbeing
  • Access to programs and services
  • Educational attainment and life-long learning
  • Employment (economic participation)

The Plan’s Focus

Some initiatives to address the Plan’s priorities will have a whole-of-population focus. However in many cases, action will be targeted to the people and places where it will make the biggest difference.

This may be among specific groups in the community or during particular life stages where the greatest opportunity to improve the long-term health of Warrnambool’s residents exists.


  • Children and families
  • Young people
  • Older people
  • People with a disability
  • Aboriginal people
  • Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people
  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • LGBTIQ People
  • Lone Person households
  • Homeless People


  • Workplaces
  • Schools & Early Years services
  • Sport and recreation clubs
  • Community programs
  • Arts & cultural settings
  • Neighbourhoods (Place–based)
  • Public Open Spaces

Who Are Partners In This Plan?

The development of Warrnambool – A Healthy City, was led by Warrnambool City Council however addressing the priority issues will be undertaken in partnership with:

  • Council Services: Early Years Services, Art Gallery, Lighthouse Theatre, Archie Graham Community Centre, AquaZone, Warrnambool Stadium, Rural Access, etc.
  • South West Primary Care Partnership
  • Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West
  • South West Healthcare
  • State Government
  • Dept Health & Human Services
  • Dept Education & Training
  • Dept Environment, Land, Water & Planning
  • Regional Development Victoria
  • Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative/
  • Local Aboriginal Network members
  • Beyond the Bell Great South Coast
  • South West Sport
  • Lifeline South West Vic
  • Warrnambool Community Garden
  • Local Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Victoria Police
  • Deakin University
  • South West TAFE
  • South West Local Learning & Employment Network
  • Western Victoria Primary Health Network
  • Western Region Alcohol and other Drug Centre
  • Great South Coast Regional Justice Reference Group
  • Great South Coast Regional Partnership
  • Wannon Water
  • ...and many others.

These organisations, networks and the agencies they represent, along with many other community groups, clubs and organisations, will take action to address to the Plan’s goals and objectives.

For more information about the health and wellbeing of the community please go to the Community Profile page

For more information about the Plan please contact communityplanning [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au () or phone 5559 4959.

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