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Welcome to Healthy Greater Bendigo's October newsletter.
In this edition we have new upcoming events to share with you. 
Plus information on new initiatives that Healthy Greater Bendigo is undertaking.

We hope you enjoy our newsletter. 

Healthy Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University Innovation Sprint

This November 15th – 19th La Trobe University and Healthy Greater Bendigo are teaming up to deliver an Innovation Sprint exploring ways to reduce food insecurity across Greater Bendigo.  

Prevention focused. The Innovation Sprint will be a dynamic, innovative and opportunity focused exercise held over 5 days. The Innovation Sprint frames food insecurity as a challenge with an opportunity for innovative solutions.    

 The Innovation Sprint is designed to train participants in the complexities of food insecurity including the importance of healthy eating, physical activity and social connection. The participants will then use this knowledge in the development of innovative solutions for addressing food insecurity across Greater Bendigo.   

The project funded by the Vichealth Reimagining Health grants and delivered through Healthy Greater Bendigo’s Health is Everyone’s Business Leadership Activation Project which aims to engage and support local leaders to see health as everyone’s business, understand the complexity of food systems and identify innovative opportunities to affect them.

Dr. Brad Hodge from La Trobe University is leading the Innovation Sprint in what is a first for the La Trobe University Rural Health School, Bendigo.

Dr Hodge notes “Sometimes we just need to take a few steps back from the challenge in order to really understand it. This innovation sprint is about understanding the complexities of Greater Bendigo’s need for food relief and healthy eating, then taking a creative problem-solving approach to generating and testing ideas that might revolutionise the way that we engage with this challenge”.       

For more information on the Innovation Sprint you can contact Healthy Greater Bendigo's Matt Moylan at or Dr. Brad Hodge from La Trobe University at   



Healthy Supermarkets Community of Practice Online Event 

The Healthy Supermarkets Community of Practice online event is coming up soon, on Monday 11th of October. If you or your organisation would like to be involved in the event, email your interest to Matt at

Nourish Network Event - Levers for Change

The Nourish Network is a multi-sector collective working collaboratively to transform food retail practices for the better health of people and planet.

To register for the event please email Victoria Hobbs at the Nourish Network on:
Resilience Workshop
Bendigo Community Health Services will be hosting Smiling Mind for a FREE virtual 90-minute Resilience Workshop.

This is a valuable opportunity to build skills and knowledge to be able to experience the many benefits that come with increased resilience and mindfulness in the workplace. Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased positive emotion, life satisfaction and self-esteem beyond the workplace
  • Clearer, more focused thinking
  • Stress management
  • Increased productivity and attention

When: Oct 20, 2021 01:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
This workshop is FREE to attend.


Register for the event here
Help our researchers and earn $50!
Healthy Greater Bendigo are working with researchers from the Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition, designing an intervention to increase vegetable intake... and we need your help!

This study has received ethics approval from The Human Research Ethics at Deakin University: HEAG-H 83_2021

To Find out more Click here

Value based communication for health promotion Fundamentals and Masterclass training in November 2021 

Healthy Greater Bendigo is teaming up with Common Cause to deliver values based communication training in November and December. 

The training aims to build the communication skills of participants involved in delivering effective messaging. The programs will enable more consistent and effective messaging across a variety of topics – from healthy eating to walking and bike riding

Dates are still to be confirmed
To register your interest in attending the training please email Maddison Hendy at Healthy Greater Bendigo at:

Supporting children's wellbeing when working with separating parents webinar


This webinar will be of interest to professionals working in parenting and family support services and relationship services and other social and community services working with families.

Separation can cause high levels of stress for families and significantly impact children’s wellbeing. The extent of this impact is influenced by factors such as the quality of the parent–child relationship, the presence of family violence, and the level of parental conflict.

This webinar will explore:

  • The importance of understanding the impacts of separation on children when working with parents
  • How to work with separating parents in child-centred ways to promote the parent–child relationship and children’s wellbeing
  • How to work with distressed parents and navigate disagreements.
Webinar Date: Wednesday 13th October 2021
Time: 1 to 2pm AEDT

Register for the Webinar click here

National Mental Health Month 2021 Virtual Food and Mood Forum

Did you see the new Youth Communication & Engagement Playbook?

If you create content for young people, this useful toolkit is one to check out. Created in collaboration with the YMCA and underpinned by research by The Lab along with other youth organisations, this easy-to-use guide will help you post content in a way that encourages connection and conversation with young people.
Download here
Try for 5 National Nutrition Week
Try for 5 is held during National Nutrition Week, October 10-17. Try for 5 inspires all Australians to eat more vegetables – with a new awesome recipe collection, live cooking events, virtual farm tours, resources, veg tips and hacks.
To visit the website click here

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