Working together to keep Australia happy & healthy

Our Vision

Healthy, happy rural and regional communities

Our Aim

Healthy Towns aims to support rural and regional towns to run projects that improve local people’s health and happiness.

Healthy Towns Principles

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 etc.

Build on the strengths and resources of participating towns

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.

Benefits to the Community


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

About Healthy Towns

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: Ana Leigh Greenfield (Caloundra Community Centre), Jade Innes (PHN), Jane Taylor (USC), Pattie Hudson (PHN), Anne Roiko (Griffith University), Marianne Bell (PHN), Cheryl Pattison (Sunshine Coast Council), Nicole Cool (PHN) and Jackie McMahon. Absent: Eadie Hancock(Noosa Council) and Andree Stark (Gympie Council).

Healthy Towns is an initiative of:


Healthy Towns is supported by:

Healthy Towns is a collaboration between Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Shire Council, Gympie Council and Griffith University.

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Healthy Towns acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.