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.

Hello all,

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.


Zoe Barnett
Director, G21 Health & Wellbeing

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.

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

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.

Keeping Connected During COVID-19

City of Greater Geelong Coronavirus Support Page 

The City of greater Geelong have established a Coronavirus Support page which includes health information and details on the impacts to events, facilities and services across our region.

Bellarine Community Health Finalist in Geelong Business Excellence Awards

Bellarine Community Health has been announced as a Finalist in this year's Geelong Business Excellence Awards.

Headspace & Rainbow Network Partnership: New Training Video on Pronouns

The new video resource, made in partnership with Rainbow Network, features young people talking about pronouns and inclusive language – with a sneaky guest appearance from one of our team at the end!

The Systems School: Building Capacity For Systems Thinking

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.


“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. 


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.

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
Kate Smith


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