South west health partnership strengthened

Published Tuesday, 17th October 2017

City Manager Alan Young, Mayor Frank Carbone and Stephen Conaty, Director Population Health at SWSLHD sign the 2017 MOU.
City Manager Alan Young, Mayor Frank Carbone and Stephen Conaty, Director Population Health at SWSLHD sign the 2017 MOU.

Fairfield City Council and South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) reaffirmed their collaborative efforts to ensure our community is healthy.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone and City Manager Alan Young today signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SWSLHD. 

“Council and SWSLHD are committed to improving the health of the Fairfield City community through a diverse range of health projects and initiatives,” Mayor Carbone said.

“The latest agreement strengthens Council’s existing partnership with the SWSLHD and will see a range of collaborative initiatives rolled out through to the end of this decade.”

Objectives of the 2017-2020 MOU include:

1.Maintain an integrated and strategic approach to addressing health in planning, policy development and program delivery

2.Contribute to a reduction in childhood obesity

3.Support the development of and access to healthy environments

4.Provide effective governance for the partnership

“Together our organisations are helping reshape the future of our community’s health and Council has long provided opportunities for our community to take action and live healthier lives,” Mayor Carbone said.

Some previous achievements linked to the existing partnership include the development of Council’s hugely popular Gyms in Parks outdoor exercise program, the promotion and supply of translated resources to the City’s diverse community regarding tobacco reforms and the enhancement of Council’s Puff Free Parks Policy.

“We’ve already seen great success with our exercise programs, walking tracks, bike paths and increasing awareness of health risks associated to smoking,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Council is proud to continue working with SWSLHD to develop exciting, engaging health programs that connect with our City’s diverse community.”

The first MOU with SWSLHD was signed in 1995.