Warwick Winn, General Manager, Penrith City Council; Darren Ah See, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service; Kay Hyman, Chief Executive, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District; Lizz Reay, Chief Executive Officer, Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network
Plan for healthy future
20 Dec 2018
The Penrith Health Action Plan, a successful collaboration that is improving the health and wellbeing of local residents, has been extended until 2020 after the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District signed a new deal with the Plan’s partners.
NBMLHD, Penrith City Council, the Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service and the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network have agreed on action that will see Penrith benefit from improved access to health services and opportunities to address health related issues.
NBMLHD Chief Executive Kay Hyman says the collaboration creates a synergy which helps the partners to deliver programs more effectively.
“Like many communities ours faces complex health challenges which are not easily tackled individually or in isolation. The Penrith Health Action Plan formalises our collaboration with other health providers and Penrith City Council so our activities are coordinated and more effective,” says Mrs Hyman.
Priorities include the promotion and support of the Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service opening in Penrith’s city centre in early 2019, as well as promoting the role of local men’s sheds in reducing isolation and improving mental health.
The Penrith Health Action Plan won two awards in 2018 for best practice in collaboration and service delivery to local communities that lead to improved health and wellbeing.
One of the key projects, the ‘Village Cafe’ provides an inviting pop-up spaces in North St Marys and Kingswood for people to come together, take part in healthy activities and get advice from local health providers.