Loneliness is now recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent public health issues.
One in four people report that they regularly feel lonely and these statistics have only become more significant with the impact of COVID-19. While loneliness affects people individually it can also have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the community as a whole.
The antidote to loneliness is meaningful social connection – with family, friends, support networks and the community.
Council has recently prepared the Draft Monash Loneliness Framework 2020-2025, making us one of the first Councils to look at loneliness and how it impacts on the health of our community. This framework focuses on the importance of social health and facilitating social connections and community engagement as a way of reducing loneliness.
Please read: Draft Monash Loneliness Framework 2020-2025 (pdf, 226KB)
Earlier this year we conducted targeted consultations with the community and key stakeholders to assist us with the development of the Draft Monash Loneliness Framework 2020-2025.
Working with evidence-based research and targeted consultations with our community and stakeholder partners, we aimed to understand how people are experiencing loneliness in Monash. We have developed the Draft Monash Loneliness Framework 2020-2025 to outline how Council will address loneliness in our community. Council sought community feedback on the draft until Wednesday 29 July 2020.
For more information, please contact Community Wellbeing team on 9518 3555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org