Young people, together with experts from Orygen, Beyond Blue, headspace and Switchboard will discuss the impacts of coronavirus and how we can work to improve mental health outcomes for young people in the immediate and long term.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-imagine life and health in Victoria.  

Feed Me Bellarine’s motto is ‘no questions, no agendas’ as they help feed people in need all over the Bellarine.


It seems hard to believe we are in June, and looking towards the second half of 2020. With the very welcome easing of restrictions, and fortunate low numbers of COVID cases, we are seeing the resumption of many activities. Sporting clubs are planning carefully the re-emergence from lock down, and organisations settling into the “new normal”.  

Community sporting clubs and associations can now make their pitch for a share of more than $100 million in Victorian Government grants dedicated to supporting grassroots players and volunteers.

Western Victoria’s health practitioners can now more easily access clinical health information and support following the release of a new mobile-friendly HealthPathways platform.

Deakin University research into mental health and nutrition and well-being has been given a significant boost with the announcement of $8.9million in funding from the Federal Government.

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) Chair Ms Lynne McLennan today announced Rowena Clift as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer, replacing former CEO Dr Leanne Beagley who left WVPHN in April to take on the role of CEO with Mental Health Australia.

genU will welcome Clare Amies as its new CEO on 24 June 2020.

genU Board Chair Stephen Roberts said Clare brought a wealth of experience to the role, following terms as CEO at both WorkSafe Victoria and Western Region Health Centre in Melbourne.

This framework is designed to provide guidance in managing risks associated with COVID-19 within fitness facilities in Australia. 

This Girl Can - Victoria launch new Get Active @ Home page which provides exercise videos for women that focus on feeling good, not looking good.

We all have seen many incredible young people doing amazing things in these challenging times, why not recognise their efforts and nominate them?

Nominations close Friday 19 June.

Victoria Police have developed a suite of videos in multiple languages to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to seek help if they are experiencing family violence.

The consultation period for the Victorian State disability plan 2021-2024 has been extended.

Victoria has a proud history of championing the inclusion and rights of people with disability. The Victorian Government wants the next state disability plan to continue to create more opportunities for people with disability and to drive lasting positive change.

Bellarine Community Health (BCH) will expand its dental health service for people with intellectual disabilities thanks to a $24,536 grant from the State Trustees Australia Foundation.

Mental Health Foundation Australia launches the Australian Mental Health Awards for 2020 to recognise and honour outstanding individuals and organisations who have contributed to the Mental Health Sector. 

Nominations for the 2020 awards are open now, and close 10th July 2020.

The Give Where You Live Foundation is collecting and collating information, resources and services that can support you through the current crisis. Whether you are an individual, business or community service needing help.

Leadership in a time of crisis poses a whole new set of challenges. These challenges are sudden, unexpected and more extreme, creating situations we have not experienced before and often there are no precedents for dealing with them.
They also present possibilities for the transformation of individuals and for whole societies to lead a response, which results in new capabilities and qualities within our Geelong community.

The Australian Institute of Families (AIFS) are asking Australian families to tell us how their lives have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic.  The survey will be open until June 2020.

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Victorian communities can have their say on their local government representatives with council elections to go ahead on Saturday, 24 October 2020.