Council and health service join forces on health planning

ARARAT - Ararat Rural City together with East Grampians Health Service and other health service providers have jointly developed the Ararat Rural City Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.

The plan will be reported on four times a year as senior leaders monitor strategies to improve the health of the community.

"It is crucial for local government and public health services to work together to promote and plan for better health," East Grampians Health Service chief executive Nick Bush said.

Mr Bush said early indicators are that the certificate of roles is improving service delivery.

"Ararat Rural City is legislated to develop a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and it was very positive that East Grampians Health Service and Ararat Rural City could plan the future direction of the municipality's health," Ararat Rural City chief executive officer Andrew Evans said.

Mr Bush said the health of the Ararat community would be measured again in 2018 by the Victorian Government's Healthy Together program.

Mr Bush said that he is very positive the 2018 results will be much better than the initial reports that resulted in Ararat being judged 'Arafat' by some sections of the media.

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