Planning for a Healthier Stonnington

The City of Stonnington’s Draft Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 will be available for comment from 6-27 September.

Over 350 community members contributed more than 700 suggestions and comments during the development of the Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. The Plan has also been developed in close consultation with key community health agencies.

The City of Stonnington plays a key role in enhancing and supporting the public health and wellbeing of Stonnington residents throughout all life stages. The Public Health and Wellbeing Plan outlines how Council will work towards addressing identified priority health areas through a variety of rolesContinue reading

The City of Stonnington’s Draft Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 will be available for comment from 6-27 September.

Over 350 community members contributed more than 700 suggestions and comments during the development of the Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. The Plan has also been developed in close consultation with key community health agencies.

The City of Stonnington plays a key role in enhancing and supporting the public health and wellbeing of Stonnington residents throughout all life stages. The Public Health and Wellbeing Plan outlines how Council will work towards addressing identified priority health areas through a variety of roles including:


  • Leadership on health related policy issues
  • Coordination of various health and wellbeing initiatives in partnership with key stakeholders
  • Advocacy on behalf of our community on health and wellbeing issues
  • As a provider of services including immunisation, recreation and aquatic services and creating safe public spaces.

The evidence shows that across many areas, Stonnington residents continue to enjoy higher levels of health and wellbeing than the rest of Victoria, yet there are still some concerning trends, such as increased rates of some chronic disease and high levels of alcohol related harm. Approximately 53% of residents rate their health as excellent or very good, and 40% of the population are overweight or obese, considerably lower than the Victorian average.

The rates of preventive health screening behaviour for many conditions also remain higher than averages across the Southern Metropolitan Region and Victoria as a whole. The percentage of those who smoke cigarettes has also continued to decline, with only 4.2% of residents now daily smokers.

However, consumption of alcohol at risky levels remains an area of concern, with 77% of residents having an increased lifetime risk of alcohol related harm. Only a small percentage (6%) of Stonnington adults meet fruit and vegetable consumption guidelines and about a third of residents sit for more than eight hours per day, a major contributing factor to many health conditions.

The Plan articulates five overaching priority areas that Council and its partners will prioritise to develiver improved health and wellbeing outcomes for the community.

Pillar One – Active and Healthy Lifestyle

Pillar Two – Community Safety

Pillar Three – Vulnerable Communities

Pillar Four – Harmful Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Pillar Five – Violence and Injury