Vital signs strong for community healthcare partnership
  • Saturday 07 August 2010

Sunshine Coast Council is set to forge a partnership with community organisations and state health agencies across the region to map out the Coast’s chronic disease hotspots and how to tackle them.

The Connecting Healthcare in Communities (CHIC) Partnership Council will work with council’s Wellbeing Programs and Planning team to deliver a project called Healthy Communities.

It will map chronic disease related to physical inactivity across 44 localities on the Coast, determining the rates of chronic conditions that are related to physical inactivity like coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer, falls and depression.

Access to a healthy food supply with also be investigated as part of this project.

The CHIC Partnership Council is made up of the following organisations:

  • Sunshine Coast Division of General Practice (SCDGP)
  • Sunshine Coast Physical Activity and Nutrition Network (SCPANN)
  • Queensland Health Population Health, Sunshine Coast
  • Sunshine Coast Wide Bay Health Service District, Southern Cluster
  • North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health (NCACCH)
  • Combined Health Agencies Group (CHAG) – consisting of BlueCare, RSL Care, Ozcare, Spiritus

Together with council, these organisations will officially join forces on Monday 9 August 2010 at Cotton Tree Park.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the collaboration was a major coup for improving health outcomes on the Coast.

“It is an honour to be working on the Healthy Communities project alongside such reputable health promoting organisations,” said Cr McKay.

“This partnership is such a positive step forward in improving the health, wellbeing and quality of life of Coast residents.”

General Manager of Sunshine Coast Division of General Practice, James Lamerton, said the joint venture will endeavour to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases relating to inactivity and poor diet across the region.

“The partnership of agencies will exert influence on the way we, as a community, define and protect our environment, ensure our own health and strive for a high-quality and meaningful life for all community members.”

“We applaud the council’s proactive attitude towards the wellbeing and health of our common communities,” said Mr Lamerton.

Judy Davis, Chairperson of Sunshine Coast Physical Activity and Nutrition Network (SCPANN) acknowledges the partnership’s targeted approach to improving physical activity and healthy eating.

"The Healthy Communities project involves a partnership of key stakeholders spanning local and state government and community sectors to collaborate their efforts to increase physical activity and healthy eating across the Sunshine Coast,” said Ms Davis.

“This collaborative approach aims to ensure more supportive physical, built and social environments for local residents to enable them to be more active and healthy."

University of the Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast TAFE will also play a key role in the Healthy Communities project