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Considering health as a triangle, with three equal sides that are interconnected and crucial to your overall health, is a way for you to move towards acieving more balance in your life (2).

Health Triangle theory says that the three sides of the triangle need to be balanced to achieve true health. When one side of the triangle is emphasized too much or not enough, the other sides will change, causing imbalance. 

The benefits of making the health triangle part of your life are almost unlimited. The great thing about thinking of our health as a triangle, is that when one side gets stronger, the other two sides can work to get equally strong. You can also focus on more than one side of the triangle at one time. For example, if you join a gym to get in better physical health, you're also learning new things and meeting new people.

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Physical Health

  • Exercising or being active on a regular basis
  • Eating well, nutritious balanced meals
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting or avoiding drugs and alcohol
  • Getting sufficient sleep/rest

Mental Health

  • Learning new information
  • Managing stress and worry and developing coping strategies
  • Learning ways to deal with life experiences and problems
  • Managing mental health issues

Social Health

  • Managing relationships with friends and family
  • Give and seek out support when needed
  • Learning to work and manage group situations

The triangle emphasises taking responsibility for your own health by practicing prevention, such as wearing seat belts, and by actively improving personal health. You improve health by incorporating healthy habits like a proper diet and eliminating risk factors for poor health, such as smoking.

If you are concerned about your mental health or the quality of your life, you can do many things and make changes in your life that will help you to feel much better (1). Click here for some self-help tips that you may find useful 

Below are a few websites for Health Initiatives in Australia - Aimed at Promoting your Health and Wellness.

Action for Happiness

Formerly the domain of philosophy, religion and self-styled gurus, happiness is now a hot topic of scientific enquiry. What is it, how can we become happier and why should we even bother? These are some of the key questions driving current psychology, neuroscience and medical research the world over.

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. Actions for Happiness wants to see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.

It brings together like-minded people from all walks of life and help them take practical action, drawing on the latest scientific research. It is backed by leading experts from diverse fields including psychology, education, economics and social innovation.

Shape Up Australia

As a nation, our waistlines are growing. Today, over 63% of Australian adults and one in four children are overweight or obese. Unhealthy eating and not enough physical activity can lead to overweight and obesity, and an increased risk of developing a chronic disease such as some cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Shape Up Australia is an initiative to help Australians reduce their waist measurements and improve their overall health and wellbeing. There are many everyday changes you can make to help you Shape Up and get on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Keep an eye out for the Shape Up Australia brand when looking for healthy lifestyle information, programs or services near you. All Shape Up Australia branded activities are evidence-based, meaning you can have confidence in the advice and support you receive.

A Healthy and Active Australia

Information and initiatives on healthy eating, regular physical activity and overweight and obesity to assist all Australians to lead healthy and active lives.


Aged Care Australia

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing’s online source of information about aged care. Aged Care Australia provides the community with access to government and non-government information and services. It will help the community to make informed decisions about aged care options for themselves and their family members.

My Hospitals

MyHospitals presents information on hospitals throughout Australia and how they compare against national and state and territory data including:

  • Hospital profile
  • Services offered
  • Number of admissions
  • Waiting times for emergency departments and elective surgery
  • Safety and quality



1. SAMHSA,  Recovery and wellness lifestyle: a self help guide


2. McLaughlin M (2010) Definition of a health triangle,,








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