The environments in which we live, work, play, and learn can both encourage and facilitate healthy behaviours and promote health. Local governments are well placed to create environments that support their residents to be the healthiest versions of themselves.
Implementing healthy public policy can reduce the risk of a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, and must be a shared responsibility among all levels of government in Australia. Local Governments are the level of government closest to the community and so are well placed to implement policies, plans, and strategies that help enable West Australians to lead healthy, active lifestyles.
Many Local Governments in Western Australia (WA) are already doing a lot of important work to reduce community risk of cancer and other serious diseases. The development of local government public health plans to complement the State Public Health Plan for Western Australia 2019 - 2024 as required under the Public Health Act 2016 offers further opportunities for Local Governments to contribute to the ongoing efforts to reduce cancer in WA.
We are available to work with, and provide support to, Local Governments in WA working to create a future free from cancer and other chronic diseases. We deliver state-wide public education campaigns, including SunSmart, LiveLighter®, Make Smoking History, and Alcohol.Think Again. In our team we have health promotion and public health professionals who present to Local Government, elected members and our community, providing advice and resources (both physical and online). We are also able to provide advice and support when Local Governments are planning or revising their local public health plans.
You can download our local government resources below:
- Local governments, public health and cancer prevention: Actions that will make a difference to your community.
- The Shade Handbook
- Sun Protection Policy Template
For more information on our education campaigns see below: