NQSF & NQPHN have partnered to deliver LGA Community Health and Wellbeing programs in North Queensland

  • Supporting North Queensland Local Government Authorities to deliver community health and wellbeing programs.
  • A sustainable, coordinated initiative delivering community health and wellbeing intervention bundles to combat obesity and associated chronic disease.
  • Developing evidence-based strategies to maximize positive individual and community outcomes in North Queensland.
  • Forming strong partnerships with relevant stakeholders to ensure lasting results.
  • Establishing the link from community health and wellbeing to local sport and active recreation communities.


  • NQSF & NQPHN JV project commenced July 2018 with the NQSF Board signing off on the agreement.
  • The NQSF community health and wellbeing questionnaire was circulated to NQ LGA’s in July via your NQSF delegates and councillors.
  • NQSF has appointed Judah Morris as our JV Program Coordinator.
  • The necessary data and evidence will be collated and strategy developed in the coming months.
  • A number of pilot programs will commence toward the end of this financial year.
  • Programs for years two and three will be developed based on the evidence provided by NQ LGA’s.

Why is this program is important?

  • In Queensland 1.3 million adults and 460,000 children are insufficiently active.
  • Physical activity provides numerous health benefits weight management, healthy bones and muscles, heart and lung health and reduces the risk of many chronic diseases.
  • Participation in organised sports and regular physical activity improves mental health and social well-being.
  • Community health and well-being programs boost local economies, foster community pride and creates positive behaviours and social inclusion.
  • Grassroots sports and community health programs are the foundation of achieving Sport Australia’s 2030 Nation Sports Plan’s priority “Sport and physical activity for all, for life”.
  • NQSF in partnership with the NQPHN will work with LGAs to develop community health and wellbeing programs which are sustainable and provide a positive change for individuals and communities.
  • Utilizing evidence-based strategies and tailoring to specific community needs, NQSF will provide communities with solutions to improve or create sport and physical activity programs which will be embraced by individuals, sporting organisations and local businesses.

Project Objectives

  • Identify NQ LGA and NQ community needs regarding community health and wellbeing programs.
  • Source the necessary resources to assist NQ LGA’s with the successful delivery of community health and wellbeing programs in the community.
  • Increasing the availability of community health and wellbeing services in NQ.
  • Provide a collective coordinated approach to strategically target segments of the community.
  • Improving community health and wellbeing by maximizing the outcomes of active and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Establish links from LGA community health and wellbeing programs to our sporting communities.

Sporting Communities have an obligation to Community Health

Evidence collected to date indicates:

  • Many LGA’s are unable to provide community health and wellbeing programs in their communities.
  • Resources are limited and many of the community health and wellbeing programs engaged are not sustainable.
  • Resources are limited in terms of extending successful community health and wellbeing programs.
  • Links between community health and wellbeing to our sporting communities do not exist.
  • A collective coordinated approach across North Queensland would have a positive impact on community health and wellbeing.


Judah Morris


With a background in Exercise Physiology, Judah has a strong passion in health promotion and delivering evidence-based interventions to enable individuals and communities to improve their health. Along with experience in developing health programs, Judah is currently completing a Master of Public Health to further his skills in delivering community-based health and wellness programs. As a competitive distance runner, Judah has a strong interest in the role that sport and recreation play in improving our health and how keeping active contributes to overall wellness.

A strong communicator, Judah is ready to partner with LGAs and relevant stakeholders to ensure community needs are met in the development of sustainable health and wellness programs.

References – 

Queensland Health (2016) The Health of Queenslanders 2016. Report of the Chief Health officer Queensland. Queen/sand Government: Brisbane, p.92. Available at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/_data/assets/pdf file/0017/537101/cho-report-complete.pdf, accessed 16 August 2018.

Queensland Sport & Active Recreation (2018) Queensland Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2019-2029.

Queensland Government: Brisbane p.8. Available at http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/Site Collection Documents/ Discussion PaperQueenslandSportActive Recreation Strategy.pdf, accessed 16 August 2018.

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries 2016. Benefits to the Community- The value of sport and recreation.

Government of Western Australia: Perth. Available at https://www.dsrwa.gov.au/about/ benefits-to-the-community, accessed 16 August 2018.4.

Sport Australia (2018) Sport 2030- National Sport Plan. Australian Government: Canberra p.6. Available at https://www.ausport. gov.au/nationalsportplan/home/second row content have a say2/ Sport_2030_-_National_sport_plan_ -_2018.pdf, accessed 76 August 2018.

Fostering & Strengthening Active Participation in North Queensland.

Contact Details

Phone:07 4724 2500

Townsville Sports House
Office 4
Redpath Street
North Ward Q 4810

PO Box 347
Belgian Gardens Q 4810