Environments for Health, Five Years On… Since its release in 2001, Victoria’s Environments for Health Municipal Public Heath Planning Framework, has represented a leading edge approach to supporting quality public health planning at the local government level.
In 2006 the Department of Human Services appointed an external evaluation team from Deakin and Melbourne Universities to assess the introduction of the Environments for Health framework to municipal public health planning and to make recommendations for its future direction.
The evaluation aimed to determine the extent to which Environments for Health and related implementation activities had:
* been incorporated by local governments in their policies and practices * created greater opportunities for health gain, and * been supported effectively by the Department of Human Services and other stakeholders
The evaluation project involved participation from a broad range of key stakeholders, including all local Councils within Victoria. Data collection covered four distinct stages - document analysis, key informant interviews, state-wide survey of practitioners, and council and stakeholder forums, all with opportunities for input to the evaluation.