Health promotion includes a range of social and political interventions to strengthen the skills and capabilities of individuals, and to improve adverse social, environmental and economic conditions which impact on health.
The Health Promotion teams include Armadale and Bentley Health Districts that work with various stakeholders to reduce the incidence of lifestyle-related chronic disease and injury by creating healthy environments and modifying lifestyle risk factors.
The teams’ priority areas include:
- Increasing physical activity and healthy eating;
- Reducing smoking and harmful alcohol use; and
- Improving sexual health.
The teams have established strong community links in their areas, and collaborate with community groups, workplaces, schools and local government authorities to develop and support a range of health promotion programs.
Working closely with local government, the teams have access to health and wellbeing demographic data that enables them to work with vulnerable populations at risk of particular health issues.