The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held next month over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Mrs Helen Clifford, Health Promotion Coordinator at Gold Coast Health joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Gold Coast Active and Healthy City Strategy 2018-2022’.
The Gold Coast has a long and proud history as an active and healthy city and offers a lifestyle which is the envy of cities around the world. However, like many of the world’s major cities, the Gold Coast is experiencing an increase in preventable health conditions that have a significant impact on the quality of life for individuals and the greater community.
The Gold Coast Active and Healthy City Strategy 2018-2022 is a shared commitment to support the community to be better enabled to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make positive choices for their health.
The strategy aims to increase engagement of those who are least likely to be experiencing an active and healthy lifestyle by creating supportive community initiatives.
While obesity is a priority area to be addressed on the Gold Coast, this strategy provides the opportunity to influence a much broader range of liveability and quality of life indicators that determine our community’s opportunities to be active and healthy.
A critical element of the strategy is a commitment by a comprehensive range of stakeholders across the Gold Coast to work together to:
• identify underutilised, and improve uptake of community resources
• develop City applications for future initiatives and research
• reduce the challenges that some people face in order to engage in active and healthy lifestyle
• develop shared systems and measures.
Ms Helen Clifford • Lead for the collaborative development of Active and Healthy City Strategy 2018-2022. • Facilitated strategic Health Promotion policies and practices for the 2018 Commonwealth Games to ensure the creation of health promoting environments. • Program manager responsible for the establishment of the Gold Coast’s Partners in Recovery consortia ($12M Commonwealth funding) program to provide support to people with severe and persistent mental illness. • Most significant public health achievement: as Principal Project Officer for Water Fluoridation with the Office of the Chief Health Officer in 2007-2008 during the development and implementation of water fluoridation across Queensland.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit liveablecities.org.au