Welcome to our monthly newsletter!  
This newsletter is intended for our Pillar partners, and provides updates on the Pillars current projects and health & wellbeing news from across the region. 
Your feedback on the content and format are always welcomed and appreciated.

Hello all,

It is certainly an interesting and ever changing time to return to G21. Some positive news in this uncertain time is that G21 received the welcome announcement that PCP funding is extended until Dec 31 2020. This provides a level of security to bring us through this currently uncertain time.

The G21 HWB Team began working remotely a fortnight ago to #stayathome and help #flattenthecurve. We are utilising technology to remain connected both internally and to support our partners during this time. Work has commenced on adapting our HEAL(Healthier Living and Active Living) work across the region.  The initiative is focusing on what it can do to support the community to continue to be healthy in their own homes. There is agreement to focus on the “healthy@home” and work with health services, LGAs and NFPs. This also includes work around prevention of violence against women, which is so very important at this time.

In order to support our community, our website is updated daily with links around the latest COVID-19 advice and updates from DHHS, as well as comprehensive links around mental health and wellbeing, how to prevent infection and spread, and emergency relief and links to support for those experiencing financial distress. The HWB Team is working closely with our partners during this time to both adapt and continue the valued work that was occurring prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing support for partners during organisational changes, as well as looking to the future and planning for the recovery and reconnection effort that will be of vital importance for the G21 region.

The G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Executive met on Friday 3/4 and group members have progressed in the process of developing a model for improved health and wellbeing planning across the region, aligning effort and priorities. This will be an attempt to improve outcomes in people’s health through collective effort of partner organisations. By linking planning and resources across a wide range of community agencies it is hoped that social inequities that result in poor health outcomes are addressed in a planned/place based way.

G21 has been undertaking a consultative project to look at the environment surrounding social isolation and mental health. The first two stages focussed on understanding the policy context and how the services system responds in particular to young people 16 – 24 years of age. The third stage is being planned with a series of conversations with young people. Currently this project is in the process of adaptation given the current COVID-19 situation. It is hoped that the G21 Health and Wellbeing pillar can provide the region with an informed focus for ongoing work.

Growing Up in G21 – a report commissioned by G21 in 2010 – is about to be updated, 10 years on. This valuable resource will assist local government and community organisations with their service and infrastructure planning.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to connect at this time. 

Please stay safe and #stayathome where at all possible.


Warm regards, Zoe

Zoe Barnett, G21 Director of Health and Wellbeing
Premier's Active April is part of the Victorian Government's commitment to promote healthy, active lifestyles and get Victorian's to join in the fun of increasing physical activity. 
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 all participant offers have been withdrawn - so now's your chance to be creative!

If you need some inspiration to keep moving at home, visit The Get Active Workout videos and activity timer are a simple way to move and track your activity. There will be ten available for you – from strength to cardio workouts!

To find out more click here:
Keeping Healthy At Home During COVID-19

VicHealth - Health Promotion Covid-19 Resource Hub

Access the latest information resources, plus share your own resources with others - VicHealth's Health Promotion COVID-19 Resource Hub is supporting health promoters groups by providing evidence-based tools, content and assets to promote important messages to your communities at this crucial time.

To find the guiding documents that have contributed to and support the HWB Strategic Plan 2018-21 click here

To find what is happening this month and what you might want to promote in your organisation and community, click here

To read the latest Health and Wellbeing News from our partners, click here. If you would like to submit a news item, please email the team.

Reconciliation Australia has announced the theme for National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2020 is In This Together.
For more information click here

Share Your Events

The G21 HWB Website gives you the opportunity to add and promote your own events and training on the website at a time that suits you!
To contact the G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar team directly, phone 52274000 or email:
Director of Health & Wellbeing:
Zoe Barnett

Project Support Workers:
Liz Dando
Kate Smith


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