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Table of contents
- Lord Mayor's introduction
- Executive summary
- Our shared vision for Brisbane
- A profile of people who benefit from better access and inclusion in Brisbane
- Council's history of access and inclusion initiatives
- Reflection on Council's changing approach to access and inclusion
- How this plan was developed
- Implementation, monitoring and reporting
- An innovative local government role
Our Active and Healthy programs offer a wide variety of recreational activities in locations across the city through the Gone Walking, Active Parks, Chill Out, Real Adventure Women, and Growing Older and Living Dangerously programs. In these programs, participants experience new activities (such as canoeing, abseiling, water aerobics, orienteering, martial arts, tai chi and archery).
We also manage some significant public health programs that protect Brisbane's residents including:
- maintaining food safety standards and licensing food premises through the Eat Safe Brisbane scheme
- pest, rodent and mosquito control
- responding to complaints about dangerous and nuisance animals
- immunisation services for infants, children, seniors and adolescents in partnership with Queensland and Commonwealth governments
Council also has a clear role to play in the promotion of physical and mental health and wellbeing among Brisbane's residents through the provision of facilities and coordination of community programs. By partnering at the local level with a range of programs funded by Queensland and Commonwealth governments, Council enhances health outcomes for the people of Brisbane, in particular those who have a disability.
Apart from these programs, local government has a limited role in health. The Queensland and Commonwealth governments are responsible for hospitals, community health centres, medical services, mental health services, dental services, nursing homes, rehabilitation services, home and community care services, respite and home nursing services, home modifications and health-related transport services.
Where we are
Council's public health programs are important for everyone but especially for people with a disability who are more likely to have difficulties with their physical and mental health than Australians without a disability. 
Our immunisation and pest control programs prevent diseases that can result in short and long-term experiences of impairment. For example, in 2009, Brisbane had 29.1 cases of debilitating, mosquito-born Ross River Fever per 100,000 head of population, well below the South East Queensland rate of 40.9.
Council's response to complaints about dangerous and nuisance animals benefits everyone. It is not common for people to encounter stray animals in streets, parks and public places, testimony to the effectiveness of Council's animal control services including registration and impounding.
Many of the activities in our Active and Healthy program calendar are suitable for people of different levels of ability and are indicated as such in program promotional materials. Some have been specifically designed for inclusion and
some are facilitated by instructors who have a disability. We recognise that with careful choice of venues, facilitators and design of activities, more of these activities could be accessible and inclusive.
Council's Community Grants program provides funding to local non-profit community groups to promote active and healthy lifestyles. A recent recipient with an access and inclusion focus was the Kidney Support Network's project to provide information and peer support for people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds who have or are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
Where we want to be
We want all Brisbane residents to have an active and healthy lifestyle, supported in their choice of physical activity, play or sport, and appreciating the value of good health and wellbeing.
- Provide opportunities for everyone to participate in our Active and Healthy programs and increase awareness of these opportunities among Brisbane residents and visitors.
- Minimise the incidence of debilitating illness and disease.
- Keep the streets safe from dangerous and nuisance animals.
Existing actions that will continue
Accessible immunisation programs
We will continue to provide free immunisations through a mobile team visiting accessible venues to protect our infants, children, young people and seniors.
Mosquito and pest control
We will continue to minimise the incidence of debilitating illness through effective mosquito and pest control programs.
Animal control services
We will continue to keep the streets safe from dangerous and nuisance animals.
New initiatives or extensions
- Promoting the Active and Healthy program. We will produce new promotional materials providing improved information on accessibility of these programs and circulate the promotional material through community networks in Brisbane.
- Providing accessible and inclusive Active and Healthy activities. The next procurement process to establish a panel of suppliers for Council's Active and Healthy program will include new specifications about the suppliers' ability to provide accessible and inclusive programs.
- Community grants for physical activity projects. We will encourage applications from local non-profit groups for physical activity projects with a focus on access and inclusion.