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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.
STATEMENT FROM THE PREMIER

From 11:59pm on Wednesday, 5th August regional Victoria will return to Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions.

Read more here

G21 HWB PILLAR UPDATE - AUGUST 2020
DIRECTOR'S UPDATE 
 

Hello all,

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.

Zoe

Zoe Barnett
Director, G21 Health & Wellbeing
 
IN AUGUST THE G21 HWB PILLAR SUPPORTS
HOMELESSNESS WEEK

Sunday, 2 to Saturday, 8 August 2020

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.
 
STATEMENT FROM THE PREMIER - 28 JULY 2020
HOMES FOR HOMELESS VICTORIANS DURING PANDEMIC AND BEYOND

You can't stay home if you don't have one.   And you can't wash your hands and protect yourself if you don't have access to soap and water.
Keeping Connected During COVID-19

Colac Otway COVID Support Line

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. 



 

Coping with stress - CoGG Healthy at Home Toolkit

It's normal to feel sad, confused, scared or angry, especially when it seems like everything around you is changing rapidly. There are things you can do that can help: 
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Funding boost for LGBTIQ family violence prevention

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.

Clubs on the Surf Coast and Bellarine compete in blood challenge

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.

COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER

NAPCAN invites you to get involved with National Child Protection Week (6-12 September) and play your part in creating safe and nurturing environments for all Australian children. Remember…

  • By building stronger communities, we can create safer environments for children
  • We all have a role to play in protecting children from harm

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!

For more information or to find out how to be involved visit:
https://www.womenshealthweek.com.au/.

R U OK? day works towards inspiring and empowering everyone to meaningfully connect with the  people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.

QUICK LINKS

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.
TO CONTRIBUTE NEWS, EVENTS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES 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!
 
THE G21 HEALTH & WELLBEING TEAM
To contact the G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar team directly, phone 52274000 or email:
Director of Health & Wellbeing:
Zoe Barnett zbarnett@G21.com.au

Project Support Workers:
Liz Dando ldando@G21.com.au
Kate Smith ksmith@G21.com.au
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