Cradle Coast Authority, Council & Government Tasmania

Health & Wellbeing

Healthy Communities Initiative

The Cradle Coast Authority and its member councils participated in the Australian Government's Healthy Communities Initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing.

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On behalf of the nine councils of North West Tasmania, the Authority coordinated a range of health and wellbeing projects covering health service systems, infrastructure and lifestyle programs.

The Healthy Communities Initiative helped increase the Cradle Coast community's participation in healthy eating practices and lifestyles; improving the wellbeing of residents at risk of chronic disease.

There were three broad strategies to be implemented in the Cradle Coast region: (1) Reviewing and extending referral mechanisms between healthy lifestyle services including the use of non-traditional delivery channels. (2) Mapping reach, access and participant profile of existing health services to identify gaps and support the closure of any gaps. (3) Generating community support to implement lifestyle changes through education and awareness.

The Healthy Communities Initiative was targeted to our region's needs and was delivered via non-traditional ways of addressing health issues. The program took a prevention focus rather than a disease focus and explored Local Government and community networks in the delivery of health and lifestyle modification services.

The Cradle Coast Authority engaged a Healthy Communities Coordinator, Bev Hayhurst, to lead regional delivery of the program. Bev worked closely with Community Development Managers and related staff in the nine Local Councils to implement community-based projects. The Initiative was supported by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from Local Councils, GP North West, Rural Clinical School, Department of Health and Human Services Population Health unit, NW Area Health Service and the Cradle Coast Authority.

Getting healthy in the Cradle Coast

Burnie City Council

Burnie City Council

Taking the personal trainer concept to a new level is Burnie City Council with their Burnie Challenge.  Contact the Council office on 03 6430 5774.

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Central Coast Council

Central Coast Council

To find out about Central Coast health initiatives, contact the Council on 03 6429 8900.

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Circular Head Council

Circular Head Council
Circular Head continues its award-winning health promotion work. Call Deb Mainwaring at the Council on
03 6452 4800. visit the website

Devonport City Council

Devonport City Council

For details on current Devonport City Council programs, call the Council office on 03 6424 0511.

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Kentish Council

Kentish Council

Kentish Council supported active Walkers and Talkers walking groups.

To find out more about current programs, call the Council office on 03 6491 2500.

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King Island Council

King Island Council

To find out about current Council programs, call the Council office on 03 6462 1177.

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Latrobe Council

Latrobe Council

A major program for the municipal area was Eating Well in Latrobe. Call the Council office on 6421 4650 for details of current programs.

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Waratah-Wynyard Council

Waratah-Wynyard Council
Healthy Communities programs in Waratah-Wynyard included Beat It, Easter walking sessions around Wynyard and workshops on community gardening, bottling and preserving. For details, call the Council office on 6443 8333. visit the website

West Coast Council

West Coast Council

Call the Council office on 6471 4700 for details of current programs.

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