June was an exciting time in progressing work in the Healthy Eating and Active Living space. Representation from each of 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.

There was also a governance workshop, which looked at what was working well, and reflected on areas we could improve communication between partners moving forward. A successful day that highlighted how far we have come.

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.