Health & Wellbeing Pillar Update
The G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Primary Care Partnership has finalised its 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan. This focuses the PCP on providing a collective prevention platform in three domains:
- Enabling Healthier Lifestyles
- Preventing Violence Against Women; and
- Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Under the domain of Enabling Healthier Lifestyles there are two pieces of work – the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework, and the framing of a governance structure that will provide oversight for the projects being implemented.
Under the domain of Preventing Violence Against Women, the HWB Pillar is continuing its support and involvement with the Health Services Alliance. The Alliance is currently focused on developing a communication toolkit for health settings to “build regional understanding of the drivers of and actions to prevent violence against women”.
The HWB Pillar is also facilitating a bi-monthly region meeting for stakeholders and project-lead organisations to develop greater collaboration in this space; the second meeting occurs at the end of March 2019.
Under the domain of Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing, the HWB Pillar continues to provide backbone support to the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health group. Its 2018-2019 action includes a range of collaborative tasks for its partners to improve the delivery of mental health services to this cohort. This includes the development of a Community of Practice for frontline workers as well strategic advocacy.
The HWB Pillar is also involved with a range of regional initiatives. Current highlights includes:
- Providing project support to the Early Childhood Early Intervention project led by Barwon Child Youth and Family.
- Maintaining involvement with Colac Community Partnership Executive Group.
- Providing project support to the Choose to Change Colac, a childhood obesity prevention project.
Following the re-framing of the Pillar into two components, the Roundtable and Primary Care Partnership, exploration work has started with the Roundtable to explore new areas of focus.
The PCP will remain primarily focused on prevention work under its three domains, while the Roundtable has the capacity to explore a range of projects to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the G21 region.
The Roundtable met in March and will next meet in May.