Health & Wellbeing Pillar Update

Healthier Eating & Active Living Plan

May was an exciting time in progressing work in the Healthy Eating and Active Living space.  Several members from the seven working groups, and members of the Backbone Support Group participated in a Program Logic workshop with Dr Helen Jordan from the University of Melbourne.  The logic is non lineal, and mapping the activity, outcomes and interconnections over the breadth of activities underway from the plan is quite a task!

The strength of the plan lies in the systems thinking, collective impact approach across increasing physical activity and healthy eating within the G21 region.

This whole of population approach is markedly different to other regional areas, with our focus on several cohorts within the population where evidence suggests we are best placed to focus our efforts for change.

Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women and Children

Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West has published an Integrated Health Plan to inform regional collaboration, in part, relating to prevention of violence again women.  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.

This has included the development of the Health Services Alliance Action Plan 2017-2018.  This will evolve over time as the activities take shape.  Governance groups for the region held first meetings this month (June), led by Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West.

Refugee & Asylum Seekers:  Improving Mental Health Care & Outcomes

Using a grant from Give Where You Live Foundation, Diversitat and partner agencies, have developed a co-creative program relating to positive mental health.  Around 9 people from diverse backgrounds have collaborated with a range of service providers having shared ideas relating to service development.  The participants presented the findings of the collaborations to organisations in March, and then to service providers in May.  The report, including a set of recommendations, is now available via the G21 Health and Wellbeing website.

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 has also received an invitation to be a part 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 should be available in July, and has included family consumer feedback around the recommendations.