Community partnerships lead to local government award

A group of nine men and women standing together. Four people are holding framed certificates.
SMHS Senior Health Promotion Officer Ruth Aspinall (third from left) with City of Cockburn staff at the Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Awards
August 22, 2018

Strong partnerships with the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) Health Promotion team helped the City of Mandurah and City of Cockburn take out awards at the recent Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Awards.

SMHS Community and Population Health Services Manager Richard Crane said the awards were very encouraging for the SMHS Health Promotion team and the local councils.

“We are thrilled to accept these awards alongside the Mandurah and Cockburn city councils,” Richard said.

“They show the real-world impacts that strong links and partnerships can have on the health and wellbeing of a community.”

Presented by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, the awards recognise local government projects that work to improve children’s environments and health.

The City of Mandurah was awarded the Injury Prevention Award, recognising the success of the ‘Our Mandurah Youth Alcohol Strategy’, which delivered the Smart Generation program in local schools and saw supply monitoring implemented across liquor outlets in Mandurah.

Smart Generation is an evidence-based program aimed at reducing rates of alcohol consumption in adolescents, targeting Year 8 and 10 students in three Mandurah schools.

The program encourages conversation between parents and children about setting rules and boundaries to delay alcohol consumption until the child turns 18 years of age.

The supply monitoring element of the program involved an underage, trained undercover operative visiting 18 liquor outlets in Mandurah seeking to purchase alcohol. In 2013, six out of eight stores provided alcohol without asking the buyer for ID. When the experiment was repeated in 2017, all 18 liquor stores asked the buyer for ID first.

The City of Cockburn was announced the overall winner for projects including Smoke Free Environments which was led by the SMHS Health Promotion team.

The Smoke Free Environments project saw the implementation of positive smoke free signage at local sporting venues in Cockburn.

“The aim was to create healthier sporting club environments for the community, especially as these are popular venues with young people and families,” Richard said.  

View the full list of award winners for 2018 (external site).

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