Latest Update from the Pillar - July 2017

G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar: New Strategic Plan on a Page

The G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Executive have met to alter the current Pillar activities based on new directions provided by DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services). The draft plan has been reviewed by DHHS and they have signed off on the new directions.

A Joined up plan and evaluation plan around the key health promotion priority of Healthier Eating and Active Living is progressing between a number of agencies including: Golden Plains Shire, Barwon Health, Bellarine Community Health, City of Greater Geelong, Colac Area Health and others to be determined.  A Backbone support group have been undertaking a number of actions to progress work around shared health priority including:

  • Needs assessment of the shared health priority
  • Mapping of activities currently taking place across the G21 Region
  • Professional development workshops including understanding Systems Thinking, Collective Impact and Shared Measurement.

Planning for a Big Ideas Forum between G21 and Deakin University is currently underway, and includes leading academics from Deakin Uni and practitioners with a focus on evidence to action. This partner forum will take place on 25th July at Kardinia Park. This concept emanated from the G21 HWB Pillar meeting in April 2017.

Local Councils – Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans.

G21 HWB Pillar staff have been working with local Councils in the preparation of their new Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing plans by either attending feedback sessions, providing up to date data and information and /or supporting plan development by providing a submission into the engagement process. All Councils will feature work around the shared health promotion priority of Healthier Eating and Active Living. The City of Greater Geelong will delay the development of their new plan due to the Our Futures long-term strategy.

Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women and Children

Funding has been received by DPC (Dept. Premier and Cabinet) for a joint application between Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, G21 and local Councils This application (once actioned) will work across multi- sectors and agencies around the Prevention of violence against women and children in the G21 Region. The establishment of the working group to commence this grant is yet to be established.

G21 Affordable Housing Taskforce

This project is now complete; however, members from relevant organisations are working on a Homelessness Practitioner Forum that brings together Community Housing and Homelessness Services from across the G21 Region to discuss program delivery, opportunities and resourcing concerns with a focus on the Victorian Housing register.

Refugee & Asylum Seekers: Improving Mental Health Care & Outcomes.

A detailed work plan has been developed between a numbers of partner agencies that address this complex problem. The agencies include: Barwon Health, phn Western Victoria, Catholic Care, Barwon Child, Youth and Family and Diversitat. Current activities include:

  • Developing a framework of co-design and consumer input, that will guide the question around access.
  • Preparing a funding application to Give Where you Live for funding that will enable the co-design workshops to take place.
  • Preparing a draft paper for publication in a number of relevant professional networks and papers.

G21 Physical Activity Strategy

Councils are continuing to implement actions from the Physical Activity Strategy. Golden Plains Shire has led a piece of work around increasing participation of girls and women and the results of their interventions are pending. The G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar has expressed interest in reviewing the strategy and updating the strategy in light of the shared health promotion priority of Active Living. This review will take place in the new financial year.

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
  • Activity mapping workshop – using Systems Thinking theory
  • Governance group – Improving mental health care and outcomes for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Preventing Violence against women and children – PPEG
  • Healthy Achievement program
  • Victorian State-wide PCP network.

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