Five women with a disability from the Surf Coast Shire have continued to develop a community awareness campaign to encourage others to reTHINK disABILITY,  following their participation in last year’s successful Enabling Women program. This Program focused on building participants’ self-understanding and skills in networking, communication, advocacy and understanding principles of human rights.

The G21 region's Bill Mithen has been celebrated in the 2015 Regional Achievement and Community Award.

The MAV has attended a senior level Victorian Government meeting regarding the intake of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. 

Barwon Health is working toward creating a culture of inclusive practice, with the introduction of a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (GLBTIQ) committee.

Bellarine Community Health (BCH) has welcomed the findings of an independent report released last week that revealed the organisation had “met all relevant standards”.

Bannockburn and Colac will get new men’s sheds as part of the latest round of State Government grants. Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos announced the grant winners at the opening of the Melbourne Men’s Shed at Federation Square.

Otway Health have recently welcomed their new CEO. Debra Cerasa, who started in the role in August of this year, and is now living in Apollo Bay, has a wealth of experience from a national and international career in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Barwon Health is working toward creating a welcoming environment for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the development of a new Aboriginal art display.

Attitudes which support a lack of equality and respect are linked with increased risk for women.  The workplace is an effective setting for changing these attitudes.  The Equal Footing toolkit is a practical guide for leaders, teams and individuals to drive change in their workplace. 

The State Government has signed an historic bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth outlining the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria over the next three years.

Geelong community leaders believe hundreds of Syrian refugees could be successfully settled in the region.

Local apprentices are building new lives for themselves and their families and helping to create a new community as part of the $80 million Norlane initiative.

New Men's Sheds to be funded in Bannockburn and Colac under State Government grants.

Nominations for the 2015 National Disability Awards are now open, giving Australians the chance to celebrate the people and organisations that have made a positive impact on the lives of people with disability.

The draft City of Greater Geelong Food Policy is on public exhibition until 9 September 2015.

This OECD resource looks at the ways in which governments design and deliver integrated social services to vulnerable groups and the opportunities and challenges this brings.

The Young Minds Matter survey has revealed one in seven Australian 4-17 year olds had a mental health disorder.

Rosie Batty is visiting Geelong as part of an Australian tour to discuss her new memoir A Mother’s Story.

Barwon Child, Youth & Family was officially launched by CEO Sandy Morrison at a breakfast held at Deakin University's Waterfront Campus in Geelong.

GMHBA are offering grants of up to $10,000 for innovative projects that encourage positive health and wellness outcomes for the community.