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Healthy Communities Initiative



The Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) was an Australian Government Department of Health initiative that aimed to help reduce overweight and obesity by increasing the number of adults engaged in healthy lifestyle programs. This was to be achieved by providing funding to local government authorities (LGAs) to deliver community-based physical activity and healthy eating programs.

The Australian Government provided $71.8 million funding for four years from 2010.

The three key elements of the program were:

  1. grants to LGAs
    • 92 LGAs received grants between April 2010 and June 2014 to increase the number of adults predominately not in the paid workforce to engage in physical activity and healthy eating programs and activities
  2. national program grants
    • eligible not-for-profit organisations across Australia received grants to expand their current healthy lifestyle programs
  3. quality framework and registration system
    • development of a web based portal (the 'Healthy Living Network') through which all participating programs and service providers were registered and promoted.

The Department of Health contracted KPMG to undertake an evaluation of the HCI. The Collaboration of Community-based Obesity Prevention Sites (CO-OPS) also undertook a synthesis of LGA data in conjunction with the findings from KPMG’s evaluation.

Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health


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Last updated: 4 September 2017
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