HWB Pillar Update


Healthier Eating & Active Living Plan

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.

Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women and Children

Members of the Health Services Alliance Action Plan 2017-2018 are meeting in July to reflect on the plan, key achievements, any unexpected outcomes as a result of engaging in this work, and development of the 2018-19 Action Plan. The workshop will also have a focus on self care for workers.

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 apart 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

HWB Pillar Engagement

During the last quarter, the HWB team has participated in the following reference groups of committees:

  • Backbone support group – Healthier Eating and Active Living.
  • Governance group – Improving mental health care and outcomes for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
  • Preventing Violence against Women and Children – PPEG.
  • DHHS Prevention workshop with PCP’s located in Western Victoria.
  • Meeting with Barwon Water to develop an ongoing strategic partnership.
  • Progress meeting with relevant Council staff regarding a new G21 Region Profile.
  • Primary Care and Population Health Committee