Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

Council plays a vital role as leader, partner, advocate and planner in protecting and promoting health, now and into the future.

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, we are required to prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every four years or include public health and wellbeing matters in the Council Plan.

For the third time, Council has included health and wellbeing matters in the Council Plan 2017-21.

To inform health and wellbeing planning, Council:

  • developed a Heath & Wellbeing Profile, including key data on health status and determinants
  • consulted with the community
  • engaged stakeholders in identifying key issues and partnership opportunities
  • participated in regional planning
  • considered where local government is best placed to take action, informed by the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019 and the Climate Change Act 2010

Wellbeing commitment

Council is committed to promoting and protecting the wellbeing of our community across all life stages. We will achieve this through working to create and improve the physical, social, natural, cultural and economic environments that promote health and wellbeing.

Determinants of health and wellbeing in Maribyrnong

The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for differences in health status between population groups.

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, such as housing, education, availability of nutritious food, employment, social support, health care systems, and secure early life.

The health status and determinants of health for people in Maribyrnong are explored in the Health and Wellbeing Profile 2016.

Priorities and outcomes

Health and wellbeing priorities for 2017-21 are:

  • advocacy and engagement
  • participation and inclusion
  • prevention of violence against women
  • healthy and active lifestyles
  • early years, children and youth services and engagement
  • alcohol and other drugs
  • community safety
  • open space in natural and urban environments
  • community infrastructure
  • housing
  • sustainable transport options
  • truck and traffic pollution
  • climate change, air pollution, tree planting

Council’s health and wellbeing actions are guided by three broad outcome areas adapted from the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Framework:(PDF, 6MB)

  • our residents are healthy and wellbeing
  • our residents feel connected and have opportunities to participate  
  • our city is liveable


Council cannot achieve change on its own. Council will work alongside a wide range of partners who deliver positive health and wellbeing outcomes for our community.

These include Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and other government departments, Health West Primary Care Partnership, cohealth, Women’s Health West, North West Melbourne Primary Health Network, Victoria Police, health and community service providers, local community organisations and groups, businesses, education and early childhood settings, state-wide/peak bodies and other councils.

For more information email or call 9688 0200.

Relevant information

Municipal-Public-Health-and-Wellbeing-Annual-Report-2019-2020.pdf(PDF, 66MB)

Health-and-Wellbeing-Achievements-2018-2019.pdf(PDF, 2MB)

Health-and-Wellbeing-Achievements-2017-2018.pdf(PDF, 574KB)