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 Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan – Community Consultation Draft is the next step in ensuring a healthier future for all Tasmanians.
Community members, stakeholders and peak groups were invited to provide written feedback on the draft plan.
Additionally, the Health Council of Tasmania delivered a number of community consultation forums across the State in February to provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss the ideas put forward in the Plan.
Following this consultation process, the Health Council of Tasmania will provide a report to the Minister for Health outlining the views and ideas discussed at the forums.
This report, in conjunction with the public submissions received, will be closely reviewed by the Tasmanian Government.
The input and feedback received from the community consultation forums is invaluable in shaping the Government's Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan.
We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to either attend one of the community consultation forums or provide a written submission in response to the draft plan. Your input will help ensure we can achieve the goal of making Tasmania the healthiest population in Australia by 2025.
It is anticipated that the final Healthy Tasmania Strategic Plan will be released by mid-2016.
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