The Penrith Health Action Plan is an agreement, between Penrith City Council, the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. It focuses on health promotion and the prevention and early intervention of health issues.
Penrith Council General Manager Alan Stoneham said the Action Plan is a unique strategic collaboration that will strengthen the work already being done together.
"Staying healthy depends on so many things - where you live, how far you travel to work, and the activities you do" he said.
"This action plan enables us to recognise our common goals, and what can be achieved by working together in the future to improve health for the entire community," Mr Stoneham said.
Chief Executive, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Mrs Kay Hyman was also extremely enthusiastic about the new partnership.
"I welcome the Health Action Plan which reflects the deepening ties we are forging with Penrith City Council and the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN.
"By pooling our expertise, knowledge and resources we can collectively make a bigger difference to the health of our community.
"The partnership is one of the practical ways the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is integrating and coordinating care to help people get healthy, stay healthy and live well longer."
Chief Executive Officer, Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN), Ms Lizz Reay, said; "this collaboration recognises that overcoming the inequities and barriers to good health is everybody's business".
"The way our cities are planned, the ability to access information and services, the support from our GP and other primary healthcare professionals all impact our health. No one sector can address all these things and it is exciting to think how much more can be achieved by working together," she concluded.
Some of the projects already being worked on as part of the agreement include:
- Make Healthy Normal: which encourages people to make healthy changes in small steps with online support.
- Healthy Eating Active Living: a whole government framework designed to keep people healthy and reduce the impact of lifestyle related chronic disease.
- Working together for healthy built environments so people have better access to fresh healthy food and more opportunities to be active.
- Innovative projects to improve the health for people living in communities that are socially and economically disadvantaged.
Several other collaborations are also in the pipeline including a focus on outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Around 3% of the people in Penrith are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, which is higher than the state average.
- 59% of adults in the Penrith region are overweight or obese.
- 93% don't eat enough fruit and vegetables.
- Over 50% don't get enough exercise.
- Cervical cancer screening rates are below the state average.
Caption1 & 2: (L-R) Chief Executive Officer, Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN), Ms Lizz Reay, Penrith Council General Manager Alan Stoneham and Chief Executive, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Mrs Kay Hyman at the signing of Penrith Health Action Plan which will help improve the health and wellbeing of people in the Penrith area.