First, loneliness is a killer. An influential meta-analysis, which collated and analysed the results of nearly 150 studies, underlines the impact on health of loneliness, or more specifically, lack of social integration and social support.  It found loneliness increases the risk of death more than such things as poor diet, obesity, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise, and that it is as harmful as heavy smoking.

The Gender Equality Bill being introduced to Parliament today promises better opportunities for women in the public sector and fairer, more equitable workplaces.

A draft plan to address homelessness and disadvantage in the region is available for feedback until 31 December.

The City of Greater Geelong's 'Draft Social Housing Plan 2018-2041' paves the way for more social housing in Greater Geelong, to address homelessness and increase living standards for residents on low incomes.

Victorians in the Geelong region will have better access to the mental health services they need with the expansion of the Andrews Labor Government’s Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) program.

As a nation, we're the heaviest we've ever been. 

67% of Australian adults are currently overweight or obese, bringing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and 12 types of cancers closer - along with a range of other health problems.

Junk food would come with warning labels, supermarkets could be banned from discounting chips and lollies and advertisements for  unhealthy snacks removed from buses under a draft plan to tackle Australia's $12 billion-a-year obesity epidemic.

The national report card on Australia’s health shows that we are not on track to meet our health targets, and foreshadows a rise in preventable chronic illness. 

Just Released, Australia’s Health Tracker 2019 shows that one in two people in Australia is now living with a chronic illness, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental illness, arthritis or dementia. A third of the burden of chronic disease is preventable. 

To mark the beginning of the international ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign, Bellarine Community Health (BCH) is announcing its commitment to lead change in our community.

Workplaces will be held to account in making sure women are being afforded the opportunities they deserve, thanks to landmark laws being introduced.

The Australian-first Gender Equality Bill will be introduced into the Victorian Parliament, making once-in-a-generation reforms to ensure gender equality is non-negotiable.

People living with an invisible disability shared with The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald what it was like to have people misunderstand and dismiss their pain.

All family violence and primary prevention workers in Victoria are being encouraged to complete Victoria’s second bi-annual Family Violence Workforce Census which is now live.

The Australian Government is inviting applications in an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI) in 2020-21.

The objective of this grant opportunity is to provide grants to conference organisers to help people with disability participate in nationally-focused, disability-related, conferences held in Australia. 

Calling all organisations that are passionate about better health and wellbeing outcomes in Victoria!


The Borough of Queenscliffe is the latest municipality to come under pressure from ratepayers to declare a climate emergency.

Using co-design to inform the development of an online Indigenous family violence resource: A project with the Wadawurrung community

Cycling or walking to and from work are among the best exercises for our mental health, according to a new paper, published in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity. Along with active transport, any leisure activity we enjoy, whether it’s playing football, hitting the gym or going for a stroll, also reap mental health rewards.

At the other end of the scale, physical activity at work and housework have the least positive impact.

To coincide with National Nutrition and Children’s Weeks, Golden Plains Shire launched the locally developed children’s book, ‘The Super Veggie Four’.

This report quantifies the health burden that tobacco use places on Australia. Tobacco use contributes to health burden more than any other risk factor and was responsible for 9.3% of the total burden of disease in Australia in 2015.

The report highlights that health inequalities exist, with lower socioeconomic groups and more remote areas generally experiencing higher rates of disease burden due to tobacco use. 

In recent years, interest in understanding the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures and how culture relates to health and wellbeing has been growing.

The first step in understanding this relationship is to identify what is described in the literature as ‘culture’ and then to describe how the literature reports the relationship between culture and health and wellbeing.  

The Local Government Bill 2019 will deliver improved local government democracy, accountability and service delivery for all Victorians.