Health & Wellbeing Pillar update

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Health and Wellbeing Pillar

The Health & Wellbeing Pillar report for July 2019:


It was a busy month for the G21 Health and Wellbeing staff.

The end of year reporting to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) process has commenced. A number of short videos clips are being used to describe the value of partnerships within the Primary Care Partnership (PCP) itself, with a deeper understanding of reach, impact and outcome measurements.

This is a very difficult piece of work given the complex environment of health and wellbeing. Prevention work has to be seen in the context of personal choice amidst the overwhelming power of big business. So often health and wellbeing messages have been the method of informing people (QUIT/Smoking, Choose Water etc) however another successful approach is understanding the systems people’s lives happen in – availability of fresh food, cost of food, busy lives, footpaths, cost of joining a gym or a sporting club.

Such change takes the commitment of those who have a direct impact on environments where people work, play and live. A constantly changing and challenging piece of work.


The HWB Team ran two forums in July. The first one was “Building and Inclusive Workplace – understanding unconscious bias”. Forty five people attended the forum which was conducted as a partnership between Deakin, Women’s Health Barwon and G21.

The second forum was ‘Lets Understand Disadvantage’ with three members of the HWB Executive presenting – Max Broadley from BCYF, Dianna Rice from Diversitat and Jo Murdoch from Barwon Water. Emma King, the CEO of VCOSS (Victorian Council on Social Services) attended and gave an overview of the contemporary data sets that help inform service delivery. Forty people crammed into the conference room at G21 and feedback has been very positive.

The Evaluation and Monitoring (and Learning) framework is back on track with a new facilitator and a smaller working group working on a draft for broader discussion. This work will be completed by the end of August.

The other areas of focus of work include developing better collaboration between agencies in Colac and the potential of more co-ordination between the five Councils.