“Making Onkaparinga a better place to live… Together”
Healthy Cities Onkaparinga (formerly Healthy Cities Noarlunga) is a non-government organisation coalition of agencies and community members which addresses health issues using the World Health Organisation’s ‘Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion’ as its primary reference.
Healthy Cities Onkaparinga has developed a process that provides community members with the opportunity not only to raise important health issues with representatives from the public and private sector, but also the opportunity to work with these groups to address the health issues.
Healthy Cities Onkaparinga is directed by a Management Committee, with places for eight community members and seven members from organisations and agencies committed to promoting the health of the Onkaparinga community. HCO has links with the City of Onkaparinga, the Southern Adelaide Health Service and Flinders University.
Healthy Cities Onkaparinga was established in 1987 as Healthy Cities Noarlunga, one of three Australian cities to test the European Healthy Cities model in Australia. It is a coalition of agencies and community members which address health issues using the World Health Organisations ‘Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion’ as its primary reference.
Healthy Cities Noarlunga developed a process that provides community members with the opportunity to raise important health issues with representatives from the public and private sectors and the opportunity to work with these groups to address the health issues. Healthy Cities Noarlunga was supported by Noarlunga Health Service and later the Southern Adelaide Health Service.
An amalgamation of local government areas resulted in the consolidation of three areas – Happy Valley, Noarlunga and Willunga – to form the City of Onkaparinga. Since the amalgamation the new City has undertaken a strategic planning approach which has focussed more toward a Healthy Cities Approach. Healthy Cities Noarlunga changed its name to Healthy Cities Onkaparinga on 1st July 2008 in line with local government changes and to better reflect the area of our activities.
Working in partnership is an integral component of the Healthy Cities approach.
HCO had a strong partnership with the Fleurieu Cancer Network, planning many events together and sharing resources.
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