Jo Hopkins, Kathryn Campbell, Parks Victoria and Louise Czosnek, DHHS (AUS)
Nature is Good Medicine
The links between health and nature have long been established and the evidence continues to grow. Parks, protected areas and natural urban spaces offer significant benefits to people and cities including heat reduction, improved air and water quality, healthy settings for socialising, physical activity and relaxation, while conserving biodiversity. The Victorian Government has demonstrated leadership at state, national and international levels over more than twenty years in achieving co-benefits for community health and nature. This includes the development of the 2017 Memorandum for Health and Nature, Parks Victoria’s Healthy Parks Healthy People approach, the recent release of Biodiversity Plan 2037, and Active Victoria’s ambition to be the number one destination for sport and recreation in Australia. This session explores how the Victorian Government is working with partners on integration of policy and planning, research and activation of community-based health programs in parks for the health and well-being of all Victorians.