Healthy Eating & Active Living
Healthy eating and active living (HEAL) is a priority for key partners in the Central Goldfields Health and Wellbeing Partnership.
In Central Goldfields Shire, activity levels are low as is water consumption, with CGS having a higher than average intake of sugary beverages. In 2017 when this current plan began being implemented, partners agreed to develop a healthy eating an active living network to pull together interested partners. Although not a CVPCP priority the CVPCP team support the Central Goldfields Health Eating and Active Living Network.
This network has not continued due to staffing changes and some difficulties engaging partners, however the Healthy Heart of Victoria local project control group has continued to bring together some of these partners and have a focus on these areas. Particularly engaging the community in sporting and recreational activities and looking to increase incidental exercise and social connections in more vulnerable areas.
Food Security – Forming a food security network to address the issues now exacerbated by Covid-19.
Healthy Heart of Victoria – Healthy Heart of Victoria Central Goldfields getting more people more active more often.
Move It – Move It project funding requires a rethink due to Covid-19
Smiles for Miles – Dental Health Service Victoria’s Smiles 4 Miles program is once again being implemented by Maryborough District Health Service into Early Childhood Service in the region
Sons & Daughters of the West – The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s, Sons and Daughters of the West programs, work towards educating and empowering members of the community to make their health a priority.
Mental Wellbeing is a significant issue for the Central Goldfields community, with a significantly higher rate of psychological distress compared with Victoria.
On top of this engagement in education or work and a feeling of social connection is low for Central Goldfields young people. Over the previous years of this plan, we have identified that a lack of sufficient youth mental health services has meant that young people are unable to access the services they need when they need them.
In the 2019/20 year a significant amount of work was put into developing and launching a youth hub to service those needs and to also attract and advocate for more services (see case study).
The Central Goldfields Youth Alliance are currently undergoing a strategic planning process to refocus and realign their work since separating from Go Goldfields.
Other work has been done to support projects within Maryborough Education Centre to empower both first nation and LGBTIQA+ youth to have a voice and be supported, visible leaders.
LGBTIQA+ youth at Maryborough Education Centre – Maryborough Education Centre gets proud.
Nalderun First Nation’s Youth Leadership – Nalderun build the resilience and leadership capacity of young Aboriginal students and older youth mentors across the CVPCP catchment
Youth Hub – Central Goldfields pop up youth hub to improve outcomes for young people
Staff Health & Wellbeing (MDHS) – In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) wanted to ensure their staff’s health and wellbeing was made a priority.
Prevention of Violence Against Women
The work to prevent violence against women in the Central Goldfields Shire is predominantly managed by the Go Goldfields Family Violence Action Group (GGFVAG).
Partners of the Central Goldfields Health and Wellbeing Partnership are members of this action group and contribute towards the stated outcomes.
Changing the Story – Municipal Association Victoria funding was used by Council to implement the Changing Our Story project in 2019/2020. They employed a Coordinator to lead Council’s Changing Our Story project which was focused around communications and empowering young people in the Prevention of Violence against Women (PVAW) project.
16 Days of Activism – Local organisations and local leaders collaborated to create an accessible and meaningful program of events for the community to attend and connect through, in the Central Goldfields during this important campaign from November 25 to December 10. There is also a Highlights Video here.
Strengthening Hospital Response to Family Violence – Maryborough District Health Service is committed to contributing towards ending family violence through implementing the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence initiative.
Prevention of Violence Against Women Strategy – Women’s Health Loddon Mallee is continuing to build regional capacity for aligned and strengthened action towards Gender Equality and the Primary prevention of violence against women.