Health & Wellbeing Pillar Update

Latest Pillar Activity
Health and Wellbeing Pillar

The Health and Wellbeing (HWB) Pillar has had two meetings reflecting the work that has been undertaken to separate the Primary Care Partnership (PCP) work from the bigger picture Roundtable forums.

The HWB Executive oversees the contract to deliver the PCP contract with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Meetings are held bi-monthly with the April meeting considering the purpose of the Roundtable agenda as well as receiving an update from the three work domains – Healthy Eating and Active Living, Prevention of Violence Against Women, and Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The Roundtable meeting held in May received a presentation from Barwon Health and QUIT outlining the prevalence of smoking as the most significant cause of chronic disease.  QUIT director, Dr Sarah White will be running three future workshops, focussing on staff in the health and wellbeing sector, staff working with ‘at risk’ people, and senior executives from G21.

This work supports the leadership position Barwon Health is taking to further reduce the incidence of smoking.

The key piece of work undertaken across the G21 region is related to Healthy Eating and Active Living (HE&AL).  This work is supported by a strong network of organisations and individuals.  Work is being undertaken to develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework that captures the effort and the reach of the extraordinary volume of work.  Alongside this is the development of a governance structure which will clearly outline roles and responsibilities.

In partnership with Deakin the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar will be running a workshop with Dr Jennifer Whelan to highlight decision making that influences leadership thinking in diversity and inclusion.  Dr Whelan is an active thought leader and regular contributor to industry forums, events and public debate.  She is a contributor to The Conversation and The Age.

The next Roundtable meeting will be held in July with a presentation from Barwon Water about water insecurity.  The G21 Health and Wellbeing Executive will next meet in June.