Political, social, economic and environmental factors are as important as genetics and physiology in determining the health and wellbeing of a community, asserts the World Health Organisation. This belief positions Local Government at the coalface of community health, with a major role to play in reducing chronic diseases and promoting healthy communities.
An effective method is to integrate health promotion into all facets of community life, especially its culture. Find on this site, accounts of how progressive councils, here and internationally, are tackling these major issues in creative ways.
For consultation about developing arts and health programs at local government level, contact Arts and Health Australia