Health & Wellbeing Pillar Update

Latest Pillar Activity
Health and Wellbeing Pillar

Healthier Eating & Active Living

G21 Region Healthy Eating and Active Living initiative has been engaging in community consultation around several areas of focus in relation to HEAL.

Work continues to flourish within the “Increasing Water Consumption, and decreasing the consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSB). There is a collective regional effort to engage in the Sugar Free Summer campaign, with many local partners getting together to market the campaign around not consuming SSB. City of Greater Geelong is taking the lead on this initiative. Barwon Water continues to raise the profile of drinking water through the “Choose Tap” campaign, and encouraging sustainability with reusable drink bottles going out to the community at events.

A combined Barwon South West Healthy Living Forum is taking place at the end of November, facilitated by Dr Seanna Davidson (the Prevention Centre, Deakin University) which will focus on systems thinking and collective impact learnings from the BSW region.

Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women and Children

G21 has been working with the key health promotion providers to identify the components of the regional plan involving shared effort with Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West.

The Health Services Alliance has developed a 2018-2019 Action Plan. This will evolve over time as the activities take shape. Exploring a coordinated, regional approach to prevention of violence against women and children is currently being undertaken.

Refugee & Asylum Seekers: Improving Mental Health Care & Outcomes

The 2018-2019 RASMH Action Plan is in full swing, with the development of a Communities of Practice for health professionals working with Refugee and Asylum seekers. The action plan includes key actions such as co-location of different organisational staff, and engagement with first responders, emergency staff and police.

Feedback was provided to the Co design participants of the project that was completed in October 2018. Participants were delighted to recognise their part in the project is resulting in systems change, and improved experiences and outcomes for Refugee and Asylum Seekers.

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 is also current Chair 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 is now available on the G21 website, and has included family consumer feedback around the recommendations.

Work in the working groups is progressing, and regional approaches being explored.

G21 Health and Wellbeing Website and Newsletter Review

You may have noticed some changes on our website. We are in the process of updating our website and newsletter to ensure we are providing the G21 community with the information they are seeking. Several consultations were held with our partners around what they are looking for, strengths and areas for improvement. Keep an eye on our website as updates occur. We aim to make accessibility simpler and navigating easy and relevant. Feedback around the new look is welcomed.

G21 HWB Pillar held a Roundtable Executive meeting in October which focused on the Prevention of Violence of women in the G21 region, and increasing Volunteering opportunities and tools for organisations to utilise in supporting volunteers.

In addition to the above key priority areas, G21 HWB Pillar/ PCP is seeking to develop a 10 year G21 HWB Plan, as a visionary guiding plan for the G21 region. This would provide guidance for the DHHS funded PCP Strategic Plan. The G21 HWB Pillar has lent support to:

  • Volunteering Geelong in an application for volunteering support for organisations across the G21 region.
  • Becoming an “active agent” with Active Geelong.
  • Part of the Accessible Cities Taskforce.
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the inclusion zone at GMHBA stadium and Geelong Cats.