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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 August edition of the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Newsletter.  

Acknowledging the impact of the recent 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 Friday, G21 will be going virtual for the annual G21 Stakeholder Forum. The event is free to all, and involves representatives from the region as well as experts around the theme of ‘connected communities’. The stellar line-up of speakers will be taking part in a thought-provoking discussion on how the G21 region can manage its fast-growing population while remaining one of Australia’s most liveable regions. People wishing to register for the FREE live video-stream forum on Friday 6 August (9.30 am – 12.00 noon) should go to
The G21 Region Social Housing Project continues to progress. Unfortunately, with COVID restrictions in place, the Social Housing Forum planned for July 29 has been postponed until Sept 3. With close to 100 registrations, this is sure to be an exciting event. Planning is underway for the second year for the ongoing work in the development of a Regional Social Housing Plan, as well as 4 LGA plans and working collaboratively with Housing Victoria.
Feedback from G21 members at the recent HEAL forum was overwhelmingly positive, with many reflecting on how far the collective impact initiative had come. Celebrating key achievements over the last 4 years, we will continue to provide an evidence-based, data informed approach to enabling healthier lifestyles in the G21 region.

The transition for PCPs across Victoria has begun, with engagement between VicPCPs, the Department of Health and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.  With completion set for March 2022, the next 6 months are critical in shaping how the PCP will be utilised in our region.
The “Growing Up in G21” project is near completion.  It is anticipated  the document will assist in the creation of shared metrics and to monitor change in the delivery of early years services across 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

Many people, if asked, would say that homelessness is when you don’t have a roof over your head, for example sleeping rough on the streets. However rough sleeping is only a small part of the picture. Homelessness is about not having a home – ‘home’lessness, not rooflessness. A home means a sense of security, stability, privacy, safety, and the ability to control living space (Mallet, 2004).

It is for this reason that the Australian Bureau of Statistics defines someone as homeless if their current living arrangement:

  • is in a dwelling that is inadequate; or
  • has no tenure, or if their initial tenure is short and not extendable; or
  • does not allow them to have control of or, access to space for social relations.

In order to work out how many people are homeless, the ABS counts people who are living somewhere temporarily, in a boarding house, living in supported homelessness accommodation, sleeping out (or in things such as tents) and living in ‘severely’ crowded dwellings.

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of people who experience homelessness aren’t rough sleepers (living on the streets). In fact, rough sleeping only makes up around 7% of homelessness while the remainder is ‘hidden homelessness’, that is, people sleeping in cars, rooming houses, couch surfing, or staying in other temporary types of accommodation.

Over 24,000 Victorians and 116,000 Australians are homeless on any given night (ABS, 2018). They include; families with children, young people, older people, single adults, people with disabilities, people in regional and rural Victoria and people in urban neighbourhoods.


Free live Q&A Event on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples to discuss how this monumental process might shape local policy and land use planning in Victoria and throughout Australia. 


 6-10 September 2021

Women's Health Week is a nation-wide campaign of events and online activities – all centred on improving women's health and encouraging individuals to make healthier choices. 
Women, communities and workplaces are encouraged to get involved by hosting an event, sharing the health information and encouraging women from all corners of Australia to put good health first.


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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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