Public Health Plan 2024

What is Public Health? 

The World Health Organisation defines Public Health as 'All organised measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases."

Public Health can also be influenced by social determinants of health including but not limited to demographics, education, employment status, housing, social inclusion, early childhood development, and access to food. 

Public Health attempts to promote the health and well-being of the entire population rather than just individuals. The overall Public Health Plan is a community-wide strategic document developed by local governments that set high-level, planned directions for health issues and concerns affecting their community.

The Town of Port Hedland will work closely with Public Health consultants, local health services and its community to determine what health issues are most important to them by conducting a survey. 

Where can I access the survey?

The survey is open until Friday 5 April 2024 and can be accessed here: PUBLIC HEALTH & WELLBEING SURVEY 2024 

If you would like a hard copy of the survey, you can head to Port or South Hedland Library. You will have to fill out the form there and return it to one of the library officers.

Why do we need a Public Health Plan? 

Under the Public Health Act 2016, the Town is required to develop a Public Health Plan that details the current health status of the Hedland population and identifies key priority areas for improving community health. The Plan will also place the Town in a strong advocacy position to gain support and help shape future health policies, services, and programs.

How can I have my say?

The best way to have your say is by filling out the survey! We have created a digital version here - however, if you prefer a hardcopy, they are available at the libraries. 

What will you do with my feedback on the survey?

Once this data and information is received, the Public Health Plan will be developed further and finalised based on the key findings, including recommendations and key action areas that are a key priority for our community. All of the feedback received is confidential and will be analysed to help develop the Public Health Plan. Once the Plan has been finalised and endorsed by Council, we will make it available on our website for you to view.