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Welcome to Healthy Greater Bendigo's mid September newsletter.
In this edition we have an important report plus some fantastic upcoming events to invite you to.

We hope you enjoy our newsletter. 


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:
New Report
Australian Girls wellbeing in decline

The Western Australian (WA) Commissioner for Children and Young People’s conducted an inaugural Speaking Out Survey conducted in 2019 has found that female young people in WA rated their wellbeing less favourably than male young people.

female young people were:

  • twice as likely as male young people to report not feeling happy with themselves, feel unable to achieve their goals or to deal with things that happen in their life
  • much less likely than male young people to feel like they belonged at their school
  • significantly less likely than male young people to feel safe in their neighbourhood and on public transport.
The report builds a case for urgent action across government and non-government sectors and the community more broadly to focus on improving girls’ wellbeing outcomes.


Download the full report here

Value based communication for health promotion - are you interested? 

VicHealth are continuing their work on Healthy Persuasion - how to frame messages to have the greatest impact on health and wellbeing. We encourage our stakeholders to sign up to receive this information here. (
If you are interested in exploring this work in more depth, Healthy Greater Bendigo would like to hear from you!! We want to know how many of you would join in a workshop to dive deeper into values based communications, and whether you'd like to work together to coordinate some consistent health promoting messaging based on the new approach.
1 minute survey - Click here

Exciting opportunities from our partners at Coliban Water


National Water Week

National Water Week, 18-24 October 2021, is fast approaching and Coliban Water have some great news to share with you.

Coliban Water are hosting Explore your Backyard, a festival of free online events and resources to encourage people to grow their gardening skills and explore their local neighbourhood.

Explore Your Backyard will have something for everyone. Kindergarten and early years children will love resources from the dirtgirlworld team. Older students will love our Butterfly and Bee encounter, backyard crafts and science experiments. Some events are live, most will be available on demand as well.

Click here to visit Explore you Backyard
Are you involved with a school or community garden?

Coliban Water are having an online launch of National Water Week with Costa Georgiadis at 4 pm, 17 October 2021 and would love you to join in.

Greater Bendigo kindergarten, school and community gardens will be showcased during the event.

Please send an image or 30 second video showing how you save water in the garden or contribute to local biodiversity and healthy waterways.

The deadline for images / videos is 1 October 2021.
 Please email them to:



Virginia Hill, Eaglehawk Social Affordable housing masterplan:

Opportunity for feedback

The Victorian Government want to want to hear from people in the Eaglehawk community to help plan for the future of social and affordable housing project at Virginia Hill, Eaglehawk.

Community Feedback is sought on the draft masterplan to help refine the plan.

The Government would like to hear what you think about proposed improvements to the neighbourhood including housing, connections and public spaces, and how best to keep you informed.

Click Here to Provide Feedback

Global impact to local action - Masterclass

Join The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre for an informative masterclass with one of Australia’s leading change-makers in chronic disease prevention. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio is presenting his insights and top lessons on what it takes to create real and lasting systems change for public health.
Click here to Register
Be.Bendigo Mental Health & Wellbeing- Resilience Workshop
Please join Sharmi Cantwell Be.Bendigo's Mental Health and Wellbeing consultant as she delivers a workshop on Resilience and Mindfulness.

This training program defines resilience as the ability to withstand, recover, and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands.
  • Resilience is not one skill, it is a set of skills that promotes effective problem solving, adaptability, self-regulation, positive coping, and social support.
The program is based on scientifically based research, using valid and reliable methodology that builds on participant experiences.

The wellbeing building blocks of positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment are developed in this program. 

This workshop teaches the skill of Mindfulness. Regular mindfulness practice, strengthens awareness, openness and focus. During times of stress and adversity, mindfulness allows you to refocus on aspects where you have control and take purposeful action.**This session will be recorded.

Click here to register

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