The Tasmanian Government came to office in 2014 with a goal to make Tasmania the healthiest population in Australia by 2025. This is a necessarily ambitious target, since Tasmanians currently experience some of the worst population health outcomes in the country, with high rates of chronic disease and health risk factors like smoking, obesity, poor nutrition, low physical activity levels, and risky alcohol consumption.
Ambition is important if we truly want to work together as a community to improve our health and wellbeing. Getting a good start to life in developing healthy habits early is critical for a healthy adulthood and healthy ageing. Keeping ourselves healthier for longer and managing our risk of chronic disease is an integral part of living happy, productive and fulfilled lives.
Developed under the Healthy Tasmania policy, the Minister for Health has launched the Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan.
At its heart, the Plan is about people and the communities they belong to. Its actions are designed to give people the information and tools they need to make positive and healthy changes to their lives.
The Plan supports people from all walks of life to become more aware, interested, engaged and more in control of their own health and wellbeing. The Plan fosters community connectedness in the process, bringing people together to support each other toward better health.
The Plan was informed by the work of the Healthy Tasmania Committee of the Health Council of Tasmania . It was also informed by the feedback we received on the Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan – Community Consultation Draft and a report from the Health Council of Tasmania summarising the outcomes of the public forums it hosted earlier in 2016.
The Tasmanian Government would like to thank everyone who took the time to contribute to the development of this important policy, which lays the foundation for us all to work together towards better health.
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