Healthy Towns is a regional health promotion engagement project to support rural and regional towns to run projects that improve residents’ health and happiness through an awards process. The awards recognise the work of local community organisations that contributes to local community health and wellbeing through creating connections between people, with place and green space. The project enables access to support and resources for this work, and inspires residents to participate in new and existing projects that strengthen local connections.
A partnerships with PHN Country to Coast Central Queensland, Wide Bay & Sunshine Coast (Lead), Hinterland Community Development Association of Caloundra, Nambour Community Care, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Shire Council, Gympie Regional Council, Griffith University.
Health promotion student engagement:
USC Health Promotion students are engaged in Healthy Towns through student WPL placements and PUB352 Public Health Project, the capstone course for health promotion and community nutrition students.
3 USC Health Promotion Graduates employed by PHN and work on Healthy Towns (Nicole Cool 2014, Marianne Bell 2015, Abbey Notley 2016)
2 Health Promotion WIL placements (Marianne Bell 2015, Abbey Notley 2016)
5 Healthy Towns sub projects completed by 15 PUB352 Public Health Project students 2015–16 (Healthy Towns Project Brief, Healthy Towns Community Profile Framework, Process Evaluation Framework, Healthy Towns Working Group Developmental Evaluation Framework)
2 industry practice example presentations in PUB271 Health Promotion Principles 2014 & 2015 (from PHN USC Graduates)
3 local media stories
Healthy Towns used as a case study in the production of the SC373 BHlthSC (Applied Health Promotion) program promotional website video.
Inaugural Awards October 2016 Winners:
Part of healthy towns is about rewarding the community’s organisations that improve connection with place, with people and with greenspace by giving grants to help them progress and maintain their great work, below are the winners from last year:
1. The Connections with People Award:
The Sunshine Coast is one of the most desirable parts of Australia to live and visit, and for that reason many members of the LGBTIQ community choose to stay and visit here on the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast Pride is designed to help the gay community here band together in mutual celebration, acceptance, recognition and strength.
The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is an annual event organised by a dedicated Committee of volunteers and is about providing a safe and fun environment for LGBTIQ people, their family and friends, to come together and celebrate our diversity on the Coast.
From its humble beginnings, the Festival has grown to be several events over a weekend. The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is to celebrate not only the local LGBTIQ community but beyond.
2. The Connections with Place Award:
Cooloola Human Services Network Inc. is a community based, not for profit organisation, incorporated under Queensland’s Associations Incorporation Act 1981.
We are managed by a voluntary committee of people passionate about community development, enhancing the wellbeing of our community and delivering quality local services
3. The Connections with Green-space Award:
Palmwoods Community Garden is a place where local residents & community groups are welcome to come to ‘grow and help others grow’.
It is named ‘Soil & Soul’ as it as much about growing relationships as about growing plants.
A licence agreement has been made whereby the Palmwoods Uniting Church has leased some land to Palmwoods Community & Business Association at no cost to be used as a Community Garden. This relationship is to be maintained through communication and mutual consideration with mindfulness towards the environment and benefits of the community.
4. The Major Health and Happiness Award:
The garden has been developed as a training facility for the public and Community Solutions programs. These programs include employment, training, disability care, health and wellbeing, youth, indigenous, social enterprise and seniors. Additional benefits are evident in the social connections made and environmental appreciation, which are developed through involvement in the Eastbank Edible Garden project
To inquire on how your community or organisation can get involved, or for more information, visit the Healthy Towns website.