City picked for families initiative

Invercargill has been selected to take part in a Government initiative on healthy families.

The city is one of 10 Healthy Family Communities to be established in New Zealand. The initiative, based on an Australian Healthy Together Victoria model, looks at issues such as healthy eating, exercising, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation, to prevent chronic disease.

The Ministry of Health says the 10 communities come from areas with higher-than-average rates of preventable chronic diseases (such as diabetes), higher-than-average rates of risk factors for these diseases (such as smoking), and/or high levels of deprivation.

A report to the Disability Support Advisory Committee and Public Health Advisory Committee says the Australian model supported leaders to implement voluntary initiatives in community partnerships and skilled health promotion workforce.

Public Health medical director Marion Poore said a ministry registration of interest, to shortlist organisations that could act as the lead provider for each of the 10 areas, including South Invercargill, closed on Wednesday.

A ministry registration document says it expected district health boards, including public health units, to have a significant role in the initiative.

Providers would be invited to submit a detailed response to a request for proposal, outlining how they intend to deliver the initiative in Invercargill.

The Southland Times