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This newsletter is intended for our Pillar partners, and provides updates on the Pillars current projects and health & wellbeing news from across the region. 
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Welcome to our June edition of the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Newsletter.  

Whilst we remain in the Victorian Circuit Breaker lockdown, if you or anyone you know requires assistance, please see these resources compiled by the Give Where You Live Foundation for the G21 Region:

This month, the G21 HWB Pillar celebrate Refugee Week, and World Refugee Day (June 20). Please see below for further details on how you can join the celebration.

The G21 Region Social Housing Project continues to progress with Homes Victoria and our LGAs. The G21 Region Social Housing Project is vital to ensure that we work with the Victorian State Government on the life changing “Big Housing Build” which will inject $5.3b into the Victorian economy to build and upgrade social housing right across our state. Some $215m has already been committed to our region. This also includes building a vision and longer-term plan for social housing within the G21 Region. The planning phase for a regional Social Housing Forum is in full swing, subject to government COVID restrictions. Further details to be released later into the month.
The evaluation of the HEAL Regional Plan 2017-2021 is near completion. Alongside the evaluation, the planning process for developing our 12 month action plan, with a vision for the 4 year Regional HEAL Plan. Further details from the HEAL Leadership Group will be available when the draft plan is circulated later this month. All the latest information is available on the G21 website. 

The transition for PCPs across Victoria has begun, with engagement with both the Department of Health and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

The “Growing Up in G21” project is near completion, with the Steering Group meeting to discuss details of final chapter drafts, and to plan the launch of the document for the G21 region.

Our website is updated daily with links around the latest COVID-19 advice and updates from DH, 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 G21 HWB Team look forward to prioritising the health and wellbeing of the G21 Community and continuing to work collaboratively, as we progress through the current COVID 19 environment.

Stay safe

Zoe Barnett
Director, G21 Health & Wellbeing

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.  Over the past 20 years, Refugee Week celebrations have developed in a number of other countries. While there are minor differences in the dates for Refugee Week, all include World Refugee Day (June 20).

Refugee Week provides a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the country. The ultimate aim of the celebration is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia.

With a growing global population of elderly people, and as longevity increases, abuse of the elderly is an increasing and serious problem that affects health and human rights and can cause death, so it is vital to raise awareness of it and thus prevent it whenever and wherever possible.

Elder abuse is global and comes in many forms including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and also neglect. Elderly people are human and deserve the same dignity and respect as people of all other age groups.

Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to abuse and to being unable to defend themselves and get help as fear and infirmity can be major barriers to seeking and getting help, and sometimes spotting and challenging abuse in the elderly isn’t easy, some are isolated having outlived family and friends, and some are abused in institutions where abuse is not spotted or is covered up, and in some cases the elderly are not given priority by authorities in abuse matters.

The UN aims to raise awareness of elder abuse and prevent it, and on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, communities and the press and media can run events and highlight the danger of elder abuse and what can be done to prevent it and what to do if it is spotted.

For support and services in the Barwon region contact DVRCV

Why is Australian male health so in need of attention?

Because the health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females.

More males die at every stages through the life course, more males have accidents, more males take their own lives and more males suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age.

Meanwhile, men are less frequent visitors to general practitioners, and the perception is that they don't care about health or that health services are not well-prepared to interact with men effectively.
In Australia, Men's Health Week provides a platform for challenging and debating key issues in men's health and to raise the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs around the country each June.


Primary & Secondary schools are invited to participate in a climate challenge project. The objective is to identify ways to reduce carbon emissions and take action to reduce your school community’s carbon footprint.  The project will run in Term 2 for four weeks. Final date for submission of the project is Friday June 18.

In Episode 21, Leisure Networks staff members Tori Honner and Kimberley Brotheridge recently shared their stories during the recent 'This Girl Can' campaign. Speaking about striving to be your best, tackling challenges head on and breaking down the stigmas.

G21 and AFL Barwon are seeking public feedback on the G21 and AFL Barwon Towards 2030 strategy. The draft strategy has been approved by all five G21 LGAs for public exhibition, and now community feedback is invited.  Submissions for both strategies close on Sunday 11 July 2021.


 4-11 June 2021

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
2021 Theme: Heal Country, heal our nation


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


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