Based on population health priorities in the region and the current and evolving policy landscape, the BHP4W has identified the following three areas of focus: Children and Families; Mental Health; and Chronic Disease.
Our initial priority area is Children and Families. This is due to growing demand for relevant services in Melbourne’s west, as a consequence of current and projected population growth, and recognition of the impacts of socio-economic disadvantage and vulnerability health and wellbeing outcomes.
Three of the top five fastest growing municipalities in Victoria for children aged 0-9 years are Wyndham #2, Melton #4 and Hume #5.
International research and literature indicates that “health in the earliest years lays the groundwork for a lifetime of wellbeing” (1). The BHP4W partnership recognises that not all children have access to the same positive living and learning environments and that this places some children at greater risk of social and economic disadvantage later in life.
BHP4W partners are undertaking further work including analysis of data, stakeholder engagement and seeking community views, to determine where our collective efforts should be focused.