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Community Programs

All healthy lifestyle programs and providers are invited to apply for Healthy Communities Quality Framework Registration.

Principles

Every effort community organisations make to improve the health of local communities by promoting healthy lifestyles is valuable and can have a lasting impact.

The Healthy Communities Principles were designed to promote and support healthy lifestyles in communities. The principles can be used to assist with developing policy, implementing programs and activities and sustaining local, tailored effective approaches. These principles have also been developed to assist community organisations in considering how they can build capacity within their communities to improve healthy lifestyles through their leadership and action.

Benefits of Capacity Building

Capacity building is defined as 'the development of sustainable skills, structures, resources and commitment to health improvement in health and other sectors to prolong and multiply health gains many times over'1. Capacity building increases the range of people and organisations that are able to contribute to reducing health problems by giving them the skills and motivation to encourage behaviour change. It allows invested resources to be used more efficiently and effectively. It can also lead to more community members being trained to run programs or become mentors, helping others to improve their health. It is important to consult with a community to decide what programs may best fit the area.

If you are unsure or want more information, refer to the Healthy Communities Quality Framework or contact Healthy Living Network on 1300 456 000.

If you are delivering programs and wish to be listed on the Healthy Living Network, use our online decision tree to assist you to decide which registration path to take:

1 Hawe P, King L, Noort M, Jordens C, Lloyd B (2000) Indicators to Help with Capacity Building in Health Promotion. NSW Health Department, Sydney

Call 1300 HLN 000
The Healthy Living Network is a component of the Healthy Communities and Healthy Workers Initiatives
under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) funded by the Australian Government.