Increasing attention has been focused on the broadening health promoting roles played by a range of services[1] for example sporting clubs and community transport services, in the health and wellbeing care sector. Not only are these emerging partnerships seeing the effectiveness of being co-designed and co-delivered in and for the community - but also there is increasing focus on the importance of planning and building a new built environment.

This ‘new’ environment[2] refers to local social health infrastructure and includes the systems, competencies, frameworks, relationships, and resources that enable public and private health and wellbeing agencies to provide services with client always at the centre.

In this context, a coordinated approach to planning for future integrated health and wellbeing services requires a strong commitment to managing stakeholders who are responsive to the opportunities of innovation and effectiveness. The demands of significant population growth patterns across Hume and Whittlesea sub-catchment, means that services are best able to re-design in favour of improving client outcomes by understanding that,

Access to education, housing, employment and health services; social connectedness; the design of our cities; and cultural and societal norms and values, are just some of factors that influence our health.”

To this end, a whole of population approach in responding measurably to the needs of a community is importantly mediated by the impact of the social, built, economic and natural environments on community health and wellbeing[3].

In the current high growth - low local infrastructure setting of interface LGA’s  such as Hume and Whittlesea, the HW PCP is strongly focused on planned combinations of services and program partnerships models which are noted as high-value integrated solutions. At its widest point the HW PCP contends that effective health and wellbeing infrastructure planning design and delivery comprises the core elements human, organizational, informational, legal, policy, and fiscal resources.

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[1] Evaluation of the Environments for Health Framework Final Report (2006) -Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University in association with the Program Evaluation Unit, School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne.

[2] WHO, (1997). Twenty Steps for Developing a Healthy Cities Project (3rd Ed.). Copenhagen, Denmark: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

[3] Department of Human Services (2001). Environments for Health, Promoting Health and Wellbeing through the Built, Social, Economic and Natural Environments, Municipal Public Health Planning Framework.