“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.

Guiding Principles

A social view of health recognises the impact that physical, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the environment have on the health of the community.

Aims & Objectives

Healthy Cities Onkaparinga aims to stimulate community action in Onkaparinga about issues that affect health and to develop possible solutions for these issues.

Community Participation

Healthy Cities Onkaparinga aims to encourage community participation, firstly in the identification of needs, and then addressing the issues. Community involvement is central to the HCO approach.

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.

History

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.

Partnerships

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.

Need more information?

Would you like to know more about our organisation? Kindly contact us via one of the details below.

Get in touch with us

Phone(08) 8179 5942
Emailenquiries@healthycitiesonkaparinga.org.au

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