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Community health

Health and wellbeing

We are responsible for local public health planning and promotion.

Our Health Profile

To deliver the right health services we need to understand the health and wellbeing issues of our population.

Our annual Health and Wellbeing Profile is a snapshot of our health and what has an effect on our health. Read the latest Mitchell Shire Health Profile below.

Health check:

  • 58.3% of people in Mitchell are pre-obese or obese compared to the Victorian average of 50%
  • 16.8% of people in Mitchell consumer sugary-sweetened soft drinks daily compared to 11.2% across the rest of Victoria
  • There are 20.1 incidents of family violence per 1,000 population compared to 12.4 incidents per 1,000 population across Victoria.
  • 14.8% of people in Mitchell have high or very high psychological distress compared to the Victorian average of 12.6%

Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017 to 2021

The plan outlines how we promote health and wellbeing for all residents. It identifies community priorities and seeks to build a healthier, more liveable community through delivering improved services in strong partnership settings and reducing inequalities and disadvantage.

Action plan 2018 to 2019

Each year we plan programs and initiatives to help us to realise the goals in our Health and Wellbeing Plan. 2018 to 2019 is year 2 of the current plan.

Healthy Food

Our approach to healthy food aims to improve access and consumption of nutritious and affordable food for all age groups within Mitchell. Almost half (48.4%) of Mitchell’s residents do not meet the dietary requirements for fruit and vegetable intake which is why we work in partnership with key stakeholders, agencies and networks to explore, identify and implement community awareness of healthy eating and related skills on how to access, store and prepare food for the best health outcomes.

Drugs and Alcohol

We work in partnership with Victoria Police and other agencies to reduce impact of alcohol and other drugs on our community.

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Family Violence

Mitchell Shire is ranked 7th out of 79 councils in the state for police callouts for family violence incidents. We are committed to preventing family violence in our community by raising awareness, decreasing family violence and creating a community that is safer for all. We annually host 16 Days of Activism events that encompass White Ribbon Day and International Human Rights Day, to end gender based violence.

Active Lifestyles

A third of our community do not do enough physical activity. We are committed to helping everyone to get active and outdoors to prevent chronic disease, promote social inclusion and improve mental health and wellbeing.

We form partnerships and launch projects that encourage sustained physical activity. Find out about our indoor stadiums, sports reserves, leisure centres and pools — sport and recreation.

Gambling — Minimising Harm

We try to minimise harm to our community caused by pokies. We support problem gambling counselling services and the more equitable redistribution of State government revenue from gambling back into the community, from which it came.

There are 5 local venues with pokies — in Seymour, Kilmore, Wallan and Wandong.

  • In 2013 to 2014, there were 228 pokies (EGMs) in Mitchell Shire, or 7.9 EGMs per 1,000 adults. This is higher than the Victorian average of 6.1 EGMs per 1,000 adults.
  • EGM losses in Mitchell Shire for 2013 to 2014 were $14.9 million, which is $518 per adult. This is slightly lower than the Victorian average of $548 per adult.
  • Annual losses have been decreasing since a peak of $18.2 million in 2008/9.

Community Safety and Emergency Assistance

Whether you are a low income earner, unemployed, under employed or simply going through a hard time (including but not limited to natural disasters), there are local organisations that can help:

  • Berry Street — helping children, young people and families recover from the devastating effects of violence, abuse and neglect
  • Beyond Housing Seymour — provides support and housing for people at risk of homelessness or private renters experiencing housing stress
  • Blaze Aid rebuilding fences and structures destroyed in natural disasters
  • Emergency Relief Victoria — relief and recovery
  • Food Bank at Broadford Living and Learning Centre — assists community groups who feed the hungry
  • Freedom Care Wallan — weekly food assistance
  • Love in Action in Broadford and Wallan — accepts donations of food and toiletries to donate to community members doing it tough
  • Family Care — Seymour and Wallan — family services, carer and disability support services to families and young people
  • SalvoCare Seymour — support to families and individuals experiencing homelessness, or risk of homelessness and immediate crisis

Support and Services