Two Iraqi refugee families have arrived in Victoria following the Federal Government’s commitment to accept an extra 12,000 refugees displaced by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The Council at Golden Plains Shire (GPS) is planning to improve their community consultation and engagement practices after receiving feedback that improvement is needed.

The Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley recently launched Victoria’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan.

An ambitious initiative that is tackling disadvantage in the G21 region celebrated a key milestone, bringing together philanthropic, business, government and community organisations to sign a Compact recognising that ‘addressing disadvantage is everybody’s business’.

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. 

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

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.

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

The Wesley Centre is about to open a new 'drop in' centre for asylum seekers and people who have Temporary Protection Visas.

For the second consecutive year, the G21 Refugee and Asylum Seeker Group coordinated a social media campaign in support of Refugee Week (14-20 June).

Relationships between young Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people have been strengthened by a unique sharing of experiences and stories through Aboriginal art at a Geelong school