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.
With the announcement and commencement of new restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID 19, now is the time more than ever to be kind, remain patient and check in on each other.
The G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Initiative held their annual Evaluation Workshop on Thursday 17 July. This session explored, celebrated and summarised the year of HEAL activity through presentations from each of the six working groups on outcomes from the HEAL plan. This was followed by a series of breakout room sessions that explored learnings from the year, and a particular focus on the ability of the collective to pivot with the onset of the pandemic.
The results of the evaluation will be compiled into a comprehensive report, which will form the basis of DHHS reporting for IHP funded organisations, as well as providing summaries of activity for the five LGAs MPHWB Plans.
The three part series of workshops to progress the “towards a new model of HWB planning” with Lenny Jenner commenced on Monday 23 July. The series will be trialled in the first instance in the SCS, with an exploration of roles and responsibilities, expectations and accountability across LGAs, health services and NGOs. A summary of the workshops and approaches can be found under projects on the G21 HWB Pillar website.
Other activities include evaluation of the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children work, which will also inform DHHS reporting requirements.
Work has begun on the refresh of the 10-year anniversary of the “Growing up in G21” project, and capturing a 2020 update. The “Growing up in G21” document is anticipated to form that basis of LGAs Early Years Plans which are due for renewal in 2021. This work is will also include known impacts of the pandemic on 0-8 year old's in the G21 region.
Members of the G21 HWB Executive, along with the Chair, David Meade, and Director HWB have been participating in the VicPCP Strategic Operating Model, and review of potential new models of PCPs.
The Director of HWB presented at the’ Loneliness and social Isolation’ conference online of Friday. This was a joint presentation with DHHS around the experience of social isolation for youth in the G21 region, and the ‘Connected Community’ project.
Along with the update to a new look G21 website, the G21 HWB Pillar will merge with the G21 website. This is an exciting opportunity to simplify the way our online resource work, make it far more user friendly and strengthen our connection with the other G21 Pillars.
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.
G21 HWB Pillar, along with Sirovilla have begun the recruitment process for the Project Manager of Social Housing. This role will sit within the HWB Pillar Team and will work across the G21 Region.
Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.
Even before COVID-19 almost 120,000 people were homelessness in Australia every night.
A million Australians are currently unemployed with many facing rental stress and the possibility of losing their home. It’s a crisis but we can turn things around.
Colac Otway Shire Council residents self isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 with no access to food and essential supplies can receive emergency relief packages by contacting the COLAC OTWAY SUPPORT HOTLINE on 5232 9440.
If you have other support needs, please provide details and you will receive assistance connecting with the appropriate agencies.
Our physical distancing and good hand hygiene has kept our flu cases down by 99% proving how important these basic steps can have in reducing transmission, especially during the pandemic. The major disparity follows a trend that has seen a massive decrease in cases since social distancing measures were implemented across Australia in response to the coronavirus.
Colac Otway Shire Mayor Jason Schram has praised the Colac community for its proactive response to Colac’s COVID crisis but says Stage 3 Restrictions must be introduced before the spread escalates further.
“If the government isn’t ready to lock down the whole state then based of the rising number of cases for our small population, at least allow Colac Otway to enforce Stage 3 Restrictions for schools and nursing homes to protect our community,” Cr Schram said.
The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre, in partnership with BATForce, City of Greater Geelong and Creative Geelong Inc, is proud to launch the project findings summary and creative resources developed as part of the Victorian Government funded, Breaking the Binary Code project.
A new program is being developed to help prevent family violence against people from LGBTIQ communities, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government.
Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced $95,000 in funding for La Trobe University’s Rainbow Health Victoria service to develop a vital family violence prevention training program to help reduce family violence against LGBTIQ Victorians.
Football and netball clubs across the Surf Coast and Bellarine may not be able to compete on the field, but off-field they are able to face off in the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood’s Victorian Football Netball Blood Challenge.
The challenge sees clubs across the state compete to see who can give the most blood donations from July through to the end of September.
For the first time, Victorian policy makers, planners, health promotion and community wellbeing staff can use the platform to view maps to understand key elements of liveability in their local areas. The Australian Urban Observatory(link is external) is a new online tool for government, community health, organisations, students and members of the community wanting to understand and improve the health and liveability of their cities.
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System has launched a new online survey to get a better understanding of the frontline mental health workforce in Victoria and to hear their ideas for change directly.
The survey will be open to all frontline mental health workers, including lived experience workforces, who provide mental health treatment, care and support within mental health services in Victoria. Volunteers are also encouraged to participate.
A commitment to introduce an effective, visible pregnancy health warning on alcohol products in Australia and New Zealand has been applauded as a public health victory by Cancer Council Victoria. Ministers from across Australia and New Zealand, meeting today as part of the Forum on Food Regulation (FoFR), have voted in favour of a red, black and white label, which is recommended as the most effective for warning people of the risks of alcohol use in pregnancy.
This Women’s Health Week (7-11 September), Jean Hailes are planning something a little different. They are encouraging you to make your steps count and join them in collectively walking 22 million steps – the equivalent of a walk around Australia!