Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN is excited to launch the Healthy Towns community program in 2016 to improve and reward health and wellbeing in all populations within the region.
The innovative program, commencing in April, will focus on creating new connections between people, promoting holistic health, encouraging use of greenspace and engaging with populations at risk of poor health outcomes.
The involved networks are pushing the theme ‘health is everyone’s business’ and are encouraging those looking for a healthier lifestyle to connect, take opportunities and to motivate their peers to get outdoors and active in 2016.
Healthy Towns will also focus on acknowledging and rewarding community groups already implementing health promotion activities. This may include those who promote environmentally sustainable activities, utilise open outdoor areas and endorse relationship building.
Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN have collaborated with the University of the Sunshine Coast, Griffith University, Caloundra Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie Councils to develop a program in which the local community can feel engaged with and proud of.
Several sets of funding will be awarded to chosen organisations, with grants of up to $5000 on offer for those who meet the criteria.
PHN CEO Pattie Hudson said the aim of the initiative is to create a sense of holistic wellness in regional and remote communities which rely heavily on interpersonal relationships.
“All these services coming together to prioritise health is a great leap forward in promoting more holistically healthy communities, and even better if we can support them financially,” she said.
“We have to remember that health affects every aspect of our lives – programs like this endorse and reward those who are reaching out in their community for everyone’s benefit.
“The benefits of focusing on the strengths and resources as well as enhancing community connectedness in rural and regional communities is well acknowledged”.
The first round of Healthy Towns nominations open from 1 April 2016 until 30 September 2016. Winners will be announced in October 2016 and an award event will be held.
If you participate in a community group that runs an activity that contributes to local health and happiness and focuses on populations where there is a great health need then you may be eligible to participate. Please contact the PHN firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.