Councils have an important and powerful influence on the health and wellbeing of communities. Councils make plans and policies, provide infrastructure and deliver community services, all which impact the determinants of health and wellbeing.


Main determinants of health – layers of influence (Dahlgren & Whitehead, 1991)

What Councils can do

Food Security



Sugary Drinks

How we can help

Our Healthy Policies team includes Health Improvement Advisors that work with councils to promote local planning and policy-making that leads to good health outcomes for the community.

Our Health Protection team includes Medical Officers of Health, Health Protection Officers, Communicable Disease Nurses and Licensing Officers to ensure compliance with various health-related laws. The team provide advice and recommendations to councils about physical environmental issues that impact population health.