Healthy Towns

Healthy Towns North Coast is a new program that aims to improve health and wellbeing in North Coast towns. North Coast Primary Health Network will partner with communities and service providers to identify local needs and work together to design solutions. Six towns will participate in Healthy Towns in 2017/18.

The towns are:
Casino, Maclean and Evans Head in Northern New South Wales
Woolgoolga, Southwest Rocks and Lake Cathie in the Mid North Coast.

Aims and Objectives

Healthy Towns will work with local people, using existing strengths, knowledge and resources to identify local needs and design solutions. The objectives are:

Better Health
  • Local services are integrated and coordinated
  • Service gaps are identified and addressed
  • Communities have an increased sense of health and wellbeing
  • We make the best possible use of people, places and resources in our communities
Stronger Communities
  • Communities and service providers develop a deeper understanding of community needs and shared aspirations
  • Communities and service providers work together to design local solutions
  • Health and community services work together for better outcomes
  • Community networks and sense of connection are strengthened

Our Approach

Working With Towns

Towns have a strong sense of identity and belonging which provides a great platform for working together. Working at the level of a community allows us to:

  • Address problems at the collective level of the community or neighbourhood
  • Use a community engagement and strengthening approach
  • Build a shared understanding and vision
  • Create partnerships to address complex challenges
  • Address barriers to accessing services and promote integration across systems
Working With Local People

An important part of Healthy Towns is working with local people to design local solutions. Evidence demonstrates that initiatives that are developed locally, focusing on existing strengths and resources, are more successful in improving health and wellbeing outcomes.

Working With Service Partners

What Next?

Healthy Towns will be making contact with services providers and community members in each town in the coming weeks.

The first stage of the program involves information gathering about community needs and aspirations. In early 2018 communities will come together to identify priorities and design local solutions.

If you would like to participate, or would like further information, please contact Sarah Robin, Program Coordinator: click here

Healthy Towns is a program being delivered in partnership with our integrated care team. Click here to find out more about integrated care.

For more integrated care programs and projects, click here.

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