Planning Cities to Improve Mental Health

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Planning Cities to Improve Mental Health

Posted on: 21.02.2017

The Greater Sydney Commission is to host a visit by leading mental health experts from around the world who are looking at how better planned cities can improve residents’ mental health and Wollondilly Council has been selected to showcase its innovative approaches to health and wellbeing.

The two day visit, entitled Urban Collaborative -Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Cities, will be held on the 27 and 28th of February and forms part of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) conference.

There will be 18 delegates from the UK, the US, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia who will be addressed by the Greater Sydney Commission’s Social Commissioner Heather Nesbitt and NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley.

“The two day collaborative will build relationships and share knowledge on how mental health can be addressed as part of a broader city agenda,” said Ms Nesbitt.

“It provides a unique opportunity to learn from mental health experts from around the world on how planning liveable cities can improve residents’ mental health.”

As part of the two day conference, the delegates will be coming to Wollondilly Council. Wollondilly was selected as a showcase Council because of it proactive approach to integrating health and wellbeing considerations into its strategic planning and operations. The Council forms part of the Wollondilly Health Alliance with South Western Sydney Primary Health Network and South Western Sydney Local Health District and recently adopted a Social Planning Strategy to assist in delivering health and wellbeing outcomes as the Shire grows.

“Wollondilly is undergoing unprecedented population growth at the moment including the creation of a major new town at Wilton with a population of up to 50,000,” said Luke Johnson, General Manager of Wollondilly Shire Council.

“So it’s important that the Council has a strategic approach to delivering social sustainability, quality of life and community wellbeing. That’s why we are part of the Wollondilly Health Alliance, why we have adopted a Social Planning Strategy, and why a number of Council staff have undertaken training in Health Impact Assessment.”

A media / photo session with the Commissioners, delegates and Council representatives is scheduled for

Monday 27 February 2017
3.30pm to 4.00pm
Wollondilly Library, 42 Menangle Street PICTON

If you would like to attend please contact Council’s Senior Communications Officer 4677 9644 or