Health & Wellbeing Update

Latest Pillar Activity
Health and Wellbeing Pillar

G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Realignment

The Pillar re-framing aims to clearly define how the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar operates to benefit the health and wellbeing of people in the region.  By shaping the Pillar into two parts, the Pillar is better able to address the broad range of health and wellbeing needs in the region.

The G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar is one of the eight Pillars within the G21 - Geelong Region Alliance and has a focus on building strategic partnerships that facilitate real improvements to health and wellbeing in the G21 region.

The Pillar receives funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to auspice the Primary Care Partnership (PCP) which has a specific focus of providing a platform for collaborative primary prevention planning and activity.  You may have noticed some changes on our website to the structure of the Health and Wellbeing Pillar Membership (currently known as the Roundtable) tasked with shaping health and wellbeing planning and advocacy to support the region to achieve the 2050 vision set out in the Geelong Region Plan (2007).  Its members represent their communities and key stakeholder organisations and are therefore able to develop health and wellbeing projects that benefit the region and its varied communities.

The Primary Care Partnerhship (PCP) has a specific focus on collaborative primary prevention projects based on the health priorities set out in the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and the five Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans.  The PCP is governed by the PCP Executive, a selection of G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Members whose organisations are stakeholders in primary prevention activity in the region.

Healthier Eating & Active Living

G21 Region Healthy Eating and Active Living initiative has completed the first workshop in a series of two in 2019, reflecting on the achievements in the HEAL area to date, and how to move forward with an increased efficiency and interconnectedness with organisations with similar aspirations within the G21 Region.  Further feedback and consolidation of these thoughts will be presented at the second workshop, with the understanding supporting documentation will also be developed.

The HEAL Initiative successfully ran the “Choose water this summer” with a collective regional effort to engage in the promotion of choosing water over Sugary Sweetened Beverages.  A great display of local partners getting together and sharing resources for maximum impact.

Deakin University, under the insightful and knowledgeable guidance of Prof John Toumbourou has commenced the monitoring and evaluation components with the HEAL Initiative, and intensive work with the working groups is underway.  This evaluation is anticipated to provide local level data that will be invaluable in demonstrating successful interventions and creating more active and healthy G21 communities.

Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children

G21 has brought together key health promotion providers and local government to begin the conversation of what efforts are interconnected and could potentially be shared (eg resources) in the Prevention of Violence Against Women space.  This involves reflecting on the rapid and significant change in legislation and focus that has occurred over the last two years since the development 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 under taken.

Refugee & Asylum Seekers:  Improving Mental Health Care & Outcomes

The 2018-2019 RAS MP 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.

In 2019, the next stage of gathering data will commence in Term 2 with all primary schools participating in the Colac Choose Change childhood obesity project.

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 2019 includes bringing together 40 plus early childhood educators to discuss enablers and barriers to having conversations with parents around referral to ECEI services.  This has led to the beginning of development of easy to use framework when talking to parents.  Work in the working groups is progressing, and regional approaches being explored.