HWB Pillar Update


Healthier Eating & Active Living Plan

A number of the working groups have been conducting Systems mapping workshops to prioritise areas of focus for the next stage of action.  The Incidental Activity group explored factors which prevent and facilitate opportunities for movement in both young families and older people in our community while the Veg group explored the barriers and enablers to vegetable consumption in the G21 region.

The Community Consultation working group have been working hard in preparation of conducting a community consultation in the coming months around vegetable, sugar sweetened beverage and water consumption in the region.  They hope to collate local level data which will determine key actions moving forward.

Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women and Children

The Health Alliance of Barwon Health, Colac Area Health, Bellarine Community Health, Womens Health and Wellbeing South West and G21 have started developing the 2018 - 2019 action plan. Reflecting on the significant work in 2017 - 2018, the collaborative has made progress in raising awareness of the violence against women across their organisations and in laying the foundations for embedding gender equity as a key prevention strategy. Once finalised, the new plan will be made avilable on the G21 site.

Refugee & Asylum Seekers:  Improving Mental Health Care & Outcomes

Using a grant from Give Where You Live Foundation, Diversitat and partner agencies, have developed a co-creative program relating to positive mental health.   Around 9 people from diverse backgrounds have collaborated with a range of service providers having shared ideas relating to service development. The participants presented the findings of the collaborations to organisations in March, and then to service providers in May. The report, including a set of recommendations, is now available via the G21 Health and Wellbeing website.

Choose to Change Colac

G21 is continuing to contribute a staff member 1 day per week to this Deakin University (GLOBE- Global Obesity Centre) childhood obesity project, in partnership with Colac Area Health and Colac Otway Shire.  A series of activities, based on consultation undertaken by Steve Allander’s team, have been mapped and a wide range of community groups are being engaged through the project. The Director of Health and Wellbeing has also received an invitation to be apart of the Backbone Support Group for the Great South Coast.

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Project

This project is a collaboration between NDIS and BCYF to deliver disability support services to children from 0 to 6 years of age.  G21 participated in a multi-agency steering group and is contributing to the development of a plan that will document recommendations for service development, based on the service (currently working with 600 families) and a range of consultation activities. This plan should be available in July, and has included family consumer feedback around the recommendations

HWB Pillar Engagement

During the last quarter, the HWB team has participated in the following reference groups of committees:

  • Backbone support group – Healthier Eating and Active Living.
  • Governance group – Improving mental health care and outcomes for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
  • Preventing Violence against Women and Children – PPEG.
  • DHHS Prevention workshop with PCP’s located in Western Victoria.
  • Meeting with Barwon Water to develop an ongoing strategic partnership.
  • Progress meeting with relevant Council staff regarding a new G21 Region Profile.
  • Barwon Health Primary Care and Population Health Committee