Wollondilly is committed to the health and wellbeing of residents, workers and visitors. Council recognises that health is an overall state of wellbeing rather than just the absence of disease or injury, and that planning and the built environment can have a huge impact on health. As well as environmental factors such as air quality, heat and noise, social factors play a significant role in our health. These factors are called the social determinants of health, and include:
- Social connectedness, particularly opportunities for unplanned social interaction
- Employment and income
- Transport, particularly active and public transport
- Access to healthy food
- Access to nature and open space
- Access to health care
The Health in Planning Partnership
In 2018, Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), embarking on a formal partnership to prioritise embedding health considerations in land use planning. Under the MoU, Council and SWSLHD employ a joint Senior Strategic Health Planner who works across both organisations to coordinate expertise, deliver policy and legislative change, and build capacity.
Wollondilly Health Alliance
Council is one of the three main member organisations of the Wollondilly Health Alliance, whose Health in Planning Working Group manages projects which will positively impact the social determinants of health. Council is also an active participant in the Western Sydney Health Alliance, an alliance created between health agencies, local government, non-government organisations and the Federal government.
Social and Health Impact Assessment
To ensure that the social determinants of health are given proper consideration in planning, Council is piloting a Social and Health Impact Assessment policy and guidelines.
Wilton Health and Wellbeing Strategy
The development of Wilton Growth Area will see the population of Wollondilly double over the next few decades. To ensure that planning for the area gives proper consideration to the health and wellbeing of residents, workers and visitors, Council has developed a draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Wilton.