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G21 HWB PILLAR UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2020
We are delighted to welcome Roger Hastrich to G21 as Project Manager of Social and Affordable Housing. This role will sit within the HWB Pillar Team and will work across the G21 Region. Roger brings extensive experience in the social housing industry, including writing the ‘G21 Addressing Disadvantage Through Affordable Housing’ Strategy completed in 2016.
The G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Healthier Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Initiative recently completed a two part planning session with Wei Leng Kwok, exploring the impacts of the pandemic on this year, and ability of partners to achieve over the next 12 months. A change in the way we work was agreed upon, with a “COVID normal” lens applied to ensure all work can be completed within restrictions, and ensuring safety of both staff and the community, with a particular focus on the ability of the collective to pivot with the onset of the pandemic. These sessions were challenging, with a distinct need to hold onto the fantastic work already completed, whilst balancing the need to change the way in which the final year would be achieved, given the constraints of Health Services and the need to prioritise the COVID response.
The results of the planning sessions will be compiled into a comprehensive plan, which will form the basis of DHHS plans for IHP funded organisations, as well as providing summaries of activity for the five LGA’s Municipal Public Health & Wellbeing Plans.
The three-part series of workshops to progress the “towards a new model of HWB planning” with Lenny Jenner was completed on Monday 24 August. The series was 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. These workshops were incredibly well attended, and will be brought back to the G21 HWB Pillar Executive for further expansion.
Work has begun on the refresh of the 10-year anniversary of the “Growing up in G21” project. The document is anticipated to form the basis of LGAs Early Years Plans which are due for renewal in 2021. This work will also include known impacts of the pandemic on 0-8 year olds 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 DHHS funded KPMG report on the review on Victorian PCPs has being released. It is now available on the DHHS website. Rather pleasingly, G21 was highlighted as a case study, and a heartfelt thank you to all involved in the engagement with KPMG.
The Director of HWB presented at the online ‘Loneliness and Social Isolation’ conference. This was a joint presentation with DHHS around the experience of social isolation for youth in the G21 region, and the ‘Connected Community’ project. Further work is progressing with an online forum in conjunction with the Youth Voice in the G21 region.
Along with the update to a new look G21 website, the G21 HWB Pillar will merge shortly. This is an exciting opportunity to simplify the way our online resource works, making it far more user friendly and strengthening 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.
This Women’s Health Week (7-11 September), G21's HWB Pillar, the City of Greater Geelong, Women's Health & Wellbeing BSW and Leisure Networks are partnering with Jean Hailes to host a series of online events.
Colac Otway Shire have shown amazing strength, compassion and unity. Now more than ever, Colac Otway Shire Council are urging the community to work together, stay connected and be compassionate and kind.
Tuesday 15 September - 7:30pm The Victorian Government is helping parents and carers manage home learning and stay resilient during the coronavirus pandemic by providing a range of free online resources.
Following high demand for a webinar on 25 August, child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will be holding a second virtual event on Tuesday 15 September – aimed at providing parents and carers with practical skills, knowledge and strategies for managing the lockdown period and remote learning.
Healthcare workers from across the Barwon Health network sit at phone banks and point at names on whiteboards as they conduct the coronavirus detective work needed to break chains of transmission. Until recently, these contact tracers may have been doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists and healthcare administrators.
Golden Plains Shire Council is inviting all residents to get involved with its latest health and wellbeing program: Shake It Off. The Shake It Off initiative is a series of free online weekly dance classes, designed to promote mental health and wellbeing.
Tuesday 8 September The Geelong Small Business Festival is back for 2020, and the Borough of Queenscliffe will hosting an online event “Working With Family: Unfiltered”. This event will stream live and free for all local business owners and shopkeepers.
Thursday 3 September
Join us to hear from four local Foundations about how they are supporting our local community!
Facilitated by Pat Bourke, from Philanthropy Australia, we will hear from local Foundations about what they are looking at funding right now within the G21 region, what they are seeing, hearing and thinking about, and how they have responded in the current crisis.
Wednesday 30 September The Systems School presents a new online, open access Decision Support Tool for Systems Thinking.
This session will provide an overview of the Decision Support Tool for Systems Thinking for Primary Care Partnerships and their partner organisations.
Almost half of the state’s suicide deaths among boys under 18 this year occurred in the Geelong region, according to a startling Coroners Court report.
A new Coroners Court of Victoria report shows there have been 11 suicides in boys aged under 18 this year.
“National Mental Health Month: an important reminder to all Australians that we need to pay due attention to raising much-needed awareness about mental health, to advocating for mental health, to educating ourselves about mental health, and to promoting mental wellbeing in our communities.”
The Mental Health Foundation Australia is very excited to launch the National Mental Health Month Awareness Campaign 2020, occurring between the 1st and 31st of October. This year, the Foundation has organised numerous events across Australia, focussing on many different aspects in the area of mental health.