Healthy Eating & Active Living
The Macedon Ranges Health and Wellbeing Partnership (MRHWP) members are all committed to working towards healthy eating and active living for their communities. In 2019/20 much of this work has focused on community partnerships, to engage settings including schools and sports clubs.
Healthy Heart of Victoria Active Living Census results have been informing some responses and will be vital to planning for our future work.
National Nutrition Week – During National Nutrition Week (13 – 19 Oct 2019) Cobaw Community Health and Macedon Ranges Health partnered to offer a free canteen assessment to all primary schools in the Macedon Ranges.
Healthy Heart of Victoria case study – Showing how the partnership used the Active Living Census data in 2019-20 to increase physical activity.
Engaging clubs in healthy choices – Cobaw Community Health and Macedon Ranges Health offered sporting clubs in the Macedon Ranges Shire the opportunity to have their club’s canteen, kiosk or vending machine assessed against the State Government’s Healthy Choices Guidelines.
Mental Health and Wellbeing is an important priority for the Macedon Ranges community. In 2019/20 the work continues to have a focus on suicide prevention and community connections. Cobaw Community Health’s WayOut and CLiP programs continue to strongly support the LGBTIQA+ community even through the challenges of COVID-19.
In response to COVID-19 the Macedon Ranges Health and Wellbeing PArtnership was mobilized by Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership to ensure service providers could respond to community needs in a timely manner. A number of initiatives were developed and delivered by this group to support the mental wellbeing of Macedon Ranges residents, especially those vulnerable or isolated.
Community Mental Health and Wellbeing – Romsey/Lancefield – The Romsey Lancefield Community Wellbeing Project has identified three action areas: 1) whole-of-community discussions around mental health, wellbeing and social connection; 2) building a respectful community and preventing violence against women; and 3) initiatives that engage young people.
Suicide Prevention – Macedon Ranges Shire was selected by North West Melbourne Primary Health Network as a site for one of the place based suicide prevention pilots. The project coordinator is auspiced by Macedon Ranges Health and the project is governed by local organisations and community members, supported by the Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership. A summary of the suicide prevention work in Macedon Ranges includes the work of the trial site and the Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Action Group (MRSPAG).
Way Out – In response to COVID-19 restrictions, WayOut pivoted to move most of its work with LGBTIQA+ young people online.
Macedon Ranges Health and Wellbeing Partnership developed various initiatives in response to Covid-19 and its impact on Mental Health and Wellbeing:
- Adaptable & Resilient Video Series and associated Case Study
- Health & Wellbeing Information packs – case study
- Be Connected – case study
- Slowing the Spread – case study
- Op Shops reopening – case study – Supporting op shops to safely reopen and service the vulnerable in our community.
Prevention of Violence Against Women
The Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network continues to act as a broad collaborative platform to provide advocacy, strategic support and place-based responses to tackle gender inequality. Over the last year, the network has had an increasing focus on masculinity as partners start to focus on the impact this could have on gender equality but also on other factors like suicide prevention and general mental wellbeing for men and other genders.
Making HERStory – The Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network organised a Making HERstory: a Leadership Forum to improve young women’s understanding of the concept of leadership, their leadership capacity and opportunities.
16 Days of Activism – The Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network uses the annual International 16 Days of Activism campaign to raise awareness in our local community of gender inequity, services available to community members experiencing family violence and the importance of speaking out against discriminatory attitudes and behaviours.
Role Modelling Respect – Cobaw Community Health collaborated with the Woodend/Hesket Football & Netball Club on a project called Role Modelling Respect. Players and members of the wider club community were invited to be photographed holding a statement that models respectful behaviour or challenges harmful social norms. The project aimed to promote a club culture that is inclusive and where every member of the club is valued
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.
Breaking Down Male Rigid Stereotypes – Macedon Ranges Shire is ready and resourced to lead the innovative work in addressing rigid male stereotypes.