Access to Services

Good health and wellbeing is not only dependent on having access to quality health care services. Evidence shows access to other quality public and community services such as schools, social services, libraries, community facilities and other local and central government services has an major impact in health too.

Hard to access public services (e.g. those that are far away from a specific community or development) can act to limit the extent to which certain groups (e.g. people with mobility problems, older people, young families and people on low incomes) can access those services. This can cause significant problems as these groups are often the people who are most in need to these services.

Accessible public services also provide opportunities for social interaction which can improve mental wellbeing and enable independent living.