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This newsletter is intended for our Pillar partners, and provides updates on the Pillar's current projects and health & wellbeing news from across the region.
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G21 HWB PILLAR UPDATE - DECEMBER 2019
The G21 HWB Pillar provides ongoing support for the following projects:
Connected Communities project – a funded project that is exploring the key indicators that result in social isolation and loneliness for young people 16 – 24 living in the region. This work will then be shared with service system organisations, local government and state government in order to understand the actions that need to be undertaken;
Working with Barwon Health to continue their excellent work in workplace responses to smoking; supporting people to stop smoking and to develop cultures that mean smoking will not be as prevalent in future generations;
Prevention of Violence Against Women Health Services Alliance development of a Health Literate Message Toolkit – this is a significant piece of work that will be used in a range of health setting.
Responding to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness;
Review of the G21 Growing Up on G21 Report.
Supporting work undertaken by other G21 HWB Pillar group to focus a lens on health and wellbeing.
Developing a monitoring and evaluation framework to reflect the impact of collective interventions.
If you wish to find out more about any of these projects, please email hwb@G21.com.au.
We look forward to providing further updates shortly.
Jill Evans – Director of Health and Wellbeing
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.
IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.
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An active network of women with disabilities in Geelong is advocating for better access and inclusion for people with disabilities.
The Barwon Hub Women with Disabilities Leadership Network is one of three groups across the state under the umbrella of Women With Disabilities Victoria.
The Barwon Hub’s liaison officer Deb Haygarth says bringing women with disabilities together has been empowering.
“We are encouraging women with disabilities to be leaders, to advocate for themselves and to strive for inclusion. As a group offering each other support we are achieving those things and making a difference,” Deb says.
The group was the first of its kind in Victoria when formed in 2015. It receives a small amount of seed funding through Women With Disabilities Victoria and has access to office facilities at G21.
Deb says the group has about 20 members and is keen to welcome newcomers.
“We welcome any women with disabilities from the Geelong region to join us. Inclusion is a big thing for us. Getting people out and into the community and feeling capable is important,” Deb says.
“We are involved in anything that promotes better access for people with disabilities within the community.”
The group is also involved with other bodies and forums. As part of a Barwon Health consumer group members are advocating for improved facilities and access to treatment for people with disabilities when in hospital.
“Hospitals and their facilities are often not designed to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. Unless we speak up things like that will not change,” Deb says.
The group also has an active social side. Members were recently involved in the Reclaim the Night march through Geelong. For the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December, the group will end the year on a light-hearted note with a belly-dancing event, followed by afternoon tea.
For more information about the group, or to enquire about joining, contact Deb Haygarth on 0402 355 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Greater Geelong, in partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity, is creating an inclusive playspace at Rippleside Park. This will be a unique place where people of all ages and abilities will be able to play alongside each other.
The Victorian Government is developing a capability framework, tools and training packages to assist allied health professionals to assist people with disabilities, their families and carers to navigate allied health services.
The Australian Government is inviting applications to provide grants to conference organisers to help people with disability participate in nationally-focused, disability-related, conferences held in Australia.
When Rebecca Young parks her car in a disabled parking spot she often feels the searing stares.
Is she driving her grandparents' car? Why does she have a disability sticker when she is aged in her 30s and appears to walk perfectly well?
The Borough of Queenscliffe is the latest municipality to come under pressure from ratepayers to declare a climate emergency.
A newly-formed local climate group, Queenscliff Climate Action, is demanding the borough make climate action a priority, and is preparing a petition and survey to be presented to the council in December.
Dr Laura Alston, a researcher at Deakin University and Colac Area Health, will generate evidence to better help health services drive community action to improve the diet of rural Australians to reduce heart disease.
Interest in understanding the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures and how culture relates to health and wellbeing has been growing. The first step is to identify what is ‘culture’ and then to describe how the literature reports the relationship between culture and health and wellbeing.