Healthy, happy rural and regional communities
Healthy Towns aims to support rural and regional towns to run projects that improve local people’s health and happiness.
Connect local people to contribute to their towns health and happiness
Focus on populations where there is greatest need: ageing, young families, people with a disability, FIFO, homeless, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, carers, migrant and refugee communities, youth and unemployment ect.
Build on the strengths and resources of participating towns
Healthy Towns provides an opportunity to work with regional and rural communities to improve their overall health and happiness. Rural and regional communities are often self-reliant and have a stronger sense of town ownership and belonging. Current research demonstrates that initiatives developed locally, focusing on existing strengths and resources, are more successful in improving health and wellbeing outcomes. Research also shows that feeling a sense of connection to others, the natural environment and where you live are instrumental in creating improved health and wellbeing.[3,4] A core value of Healthy Towns is equity, which means Healthy Towns will prioritise populations, within communities, that demonstrate greatest need.
This program defines a ‘town’ as having a population larger than 100 people, but smaller than those declared a city, and is generally classified as a suburb or locality by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Provides recognition for the great work that local organisations and community groups do
Better access to additional support and resources
Inspires people to participate in projects that strengthen local connection
The Healthy Towns working group are passionate about contributing to the health and happiness of communities. They believe Healthy Towns will make a difference to the lives of residents of rural and regional towns across Queensland by building on and strengthening existing connections between people, place and greenspace.
From left to right: Jane Taylor (USC), Pattie Hudson (PHN), Nicole Cool (PHN), Carolyn Brewer (USC), Marianne Bell (PHN), Ana Leigh Greenfield (Caloundra Community Centre). Absent: Mary Kynn (USC), Michelle Costello (USC), Kylie Finigan (Noosa Council), Anne Roiko (Griffith University).
Healthy Towns is a collaboration between Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Shire Council, Caloundra Community Centre and Griffith University.