Health Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan Released – The Advocate

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When the vegetables are ready to be picked at the Burnie community house they are snapped up. Manager Tracy Eddington-Mackay said it was a big shift from 10 years ago and an example of the focus on healthy living. Minister for health and wellbeing Jeremy Rockliff visited the community house on Friday to announce the government’s Healthy Tasmania five-year strategic plan for 2022-2026. The plan aims to bring together communities, services and all levels of government to work in partnership for improved health and wellbeing. “When it comes to our level of cardiovascular diseases, chronic illnesses we can do far better,” Mr Rockliff said. “We have some of the most challenging statistics across the nation when it comes to chronic illnesses, particularly our cardiovascular, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.” The new plan builds upon the progress made as a result of the 2016-2021 plan. “When it comes to concerns around smoking and eating well we reduced our smoking rates which is pleasing and there is more to do and we are also eating healthier it appears as well,” Mr Rockliff said. “What we need to do now is build on that success and focus more on mental health and wellbeing.” Mr Rockliff said since its release in 2016, the Tasmanian Liberal Government has committed more than $14 million to the Healthy Tasmania plan. He said for this stage $10 million would be provided over five years to implement the plan, including an additional $8 million over four years for the Healthy Tasmania Fund. “Our focus is on actions that support Tasmanians to be more connected in their communities, have positive mental health and wellbeing, limit harmful alcohol use, be smoke free, eat well and live more active lives,” he said. “The plan also includes a focus on climate change and health, acknowledging the impacts of climate change on health and wellbeing, and recognising the climate change goals of this government.” Department of Health chronic conditions prevention manger Julie Williams said they would be working in partnership with the community and supporting them through the Healthy Tasmania Fund and resources. “There is so much we can do in our own communities that will keep us well before we need to enagge with health services so we have got to invest in that,” she said. “One of the programs that has been funded through the community house is to help them with their community garden and creating that into healthy meals for people through the cafe, they also have a food co-op where you can buy food cheaply.”

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When the vegetables are ready to be picked at the Burnie community house they are snapped up.

Manager Tracy Eddington-Mackay said it was a big shift from 10 years ago and an example of the focus on healthy living.

Minister for health and wellbeing Jeremy Rockliff visited the community house on Friday to announce the government’s Healthy Tasmania five-year strategic plan for 2022-2026.

The plan aims to bring together communities, services and all levels of government to work in partnership for improved health and wellbeing.

“When it comes to our level of cardiovascular diseases, chronic illnesses we can do far better,” Mr Rockliff said. “We have some of the most challenging statistics across the nation when it comes to chronic illnesses, particularly our cardiovascular, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.”

The new plan builds upon the progress made as a result of the 2016-2021 plan.

“When it comes to concerns around smoking and eating well we reduced our smoking rates which is pleasing and there is more to do and we are also eating healthier it appears as well,” Mr Rockliff said.

“What we need to do now is build on that success and focus more on mental health and wellbeing.”

Mr Rockliff said since its release in 2016, the Tasmanian Liberal Government has committed more than $14 million to the Healthy Tasmania plan.

He said for this stage $10 million would be provided over five years to implement the plan, including an additional $8 million over four years for the Healthy Tasmania Fund.

“Our focus is on actions that support Tasmanians to be more connected in their communities, have positive mental health and wellbeing, limit harmful alcohol use, be smoke free, eat well and live more active lives,” he said. “The plan also includes a focus on climate change and health, acknowledging the impacts of climate change on health and wellbeing, and recognising the climate change goals of this government.”

Department of Health chronic conditions prevention manger Julie Williams said they would be working in partnership with the community and supporting them through the Healthy Tasmania Fund and resources.

“There is so much we can do in our own communities that will keep us well before we need to enagge with health services so we have got to invest in that,” she said.

“One of the programs that has been funded through the community house is to help them with their community garden and creating that into healthy meals for people through the cafe, they also have a food co-op where you can buy food cheaply.”