Health and Wellbeing Pillar Update

Latest Pillar Activity
Health and Wellbeing Pillar

Key Health and Wellbeing Projects

Developing a Joined-Up HWB Action Plan across the G21 Region

A number of partner agencies including all councils) are working together to focus on no more than six actions that can be scaled up and implemented across the G21 Region.

These activities will form part of an Action Plan that will be submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) by the end of October.

The actions will be:

  • A focus on Early Years Settings and increasing the adoption of Healthy Eating Guidelines;
  • Increasing physical activity and incidental activity;
  • Identifying opportunities for Active Travel;
  • Ensuring water is the beverage of choice and reducing the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages; and,
  • Increasing participation rates for girls and young women aged between 12- 24 years.

Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women and Children

Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South-West is the lead organisation to co-ordinate agencies working in the area of Prevention to form an action plan that aligns with the Strategic Plan – Preventing Violence Against Women and Children.

In September, key agencies assembled with Deakin University's GLOBE (Global Obesity Centre) to map prevention activities and identify new activities for implementation. Following this workshop, a one-year action plan will be developed across the region.

Refugee & Asylum Seekers:  Improving Mental Health Care & Outcomes

As part of the Action Plan for this project, Diversitat and partner agencies were successful in receiving $30,000 from the Give Where You Live Foundation to co-design a consumer input forum with people who are refugees residing in the Greater Geelong region.

Diversitat will directly employ a project officer on a short-term contract to design and implement this component of the joined-up action plan.

Over 99 professionals from across the Region have registered for the Community of Practice and they are using the digital platform Basecamp to engage with each other.

G21 Physical Activity Strategy

Councils are continuing to implement actions from the Physical Activity Strategy.

The original consultant who completed the G21 Physical Activity Strategy has been engaged to review and update of the Strategy by meeting with all relevant council staff. The recommendations from this work will be an input into the overall regional action plan.

Strategic Plan

A short, sharp Strategic Plan has been developed as required by DHHS. The priority areas are Active Living and Healthy Eating, Gender Equity, Improve Social Connectedness and Mental Health and Wellbeing, Capacity Building and Leadership, Communication and Engagement.

A detailed Action Plan will form part of the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

Choose to Change Colac

HWB staff were involved in a community workshop in Colac as part of the Deakin University Global Obesity Centre project.

HWB staff facilitated table discussions to develop collective actions and will have ongoing roles in the Choose to Change Colac program.

DHHS Reports

As required by DHHS, all reporting requirements have been completed and sent to DHHS at the end of September. These reports included:

  • Three case studies;
  • New HWB Strategic Plan;
  • Partnership report;
  • Audited financial statement; and,
  • At this point in time, no feedback has been received.

HWB Pillar Engagement

During the past 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;
  • Healthy Achievement program;
  • Victorian State-wide Primary Care Partnerships network;
  • Choose to Change Colac;
  • Presentation to the Sports Forum co-ordinated by the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar;
  • Co-ordination of the Regional Action Plan workshop; and,
  • Met with relevant councils who are developing Action Plans from their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans.

Contacts for information: Libby Mears (Pillar Leader), David Meade (Deputy Leader), Lenny Jenner (G21 Board Liaison).