Difficulty accessing health services and the number of women smoking during pregnancy are among issues a project officer appointed by SA Health will face when working through the Southern Eyre Peninsula Regional Health Plan.
The health plan, a combined strategy by the Port Lincoln City Council, Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council and Tumby Bay District Council, aims to identify and address health issues found throughout Lower Eyre Peninsula.
A working party consisting of representatives from the three councils will be established to assist the appointed officer to act on the priorities and strategies in the plan.
Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council chief executive officer Rod Pearson said the health plan also identified demographic and social issues in the communities.
He said the council had already made progress on recreational and fitness objectives from the plan by building and maintaining infrastructure encouraging physical activity.
“The regional health plan consolidates actions being undertaken to benefit health outcomes such as development of walking trails and reserves as well as identifying potential future strategies to improve health outcomes,” Mr Pearson said.
The Southern Eyre Peninsula Regional Health Plan 2015-2020 notes long travel distances, access to health and other services, an ageing population and people living alone and at risk of isolation as challenges facing the region.
The project officer will also liaise with other Eyre Peninsula health working parties.