Place Based Approaches

Local solutions to local problems

Place-based work is a person-centered, bottom-up approach used to meet the unique needs of people in a given location by working together to use the best available resources to gain local knowledge and insight. By working collaboratively with the people who live and work locally, it aims to build a picture of the system from a local perspective. Ideally, a place-based approach is led and owned by local people and generates and sustains positive outcomes by building on local strengths (such as existing community activity and networks) and fostering peer supports, social capital, community resilience and social cohesion. Essentially it seeks to improve the social, cultural, economic and/or physical environment, in order to improve overall health and reduce the differences in health amongst the local community.

The Central Victorian Prevention & Population Health team (CVPPH) is a place-based platform, to identify local issues and implement local solutions using a collaborative approach. The CVPPH uses local data, knowledge and expertise to ensure that actions are responsive to local needs or challenges by building on local strengths.

In the prevention space, the CVPPH play a pivotal role in coordinating planning, aligning mutually reinforcing activities and evaluating the primary prevention plans at a local government level. These plans align with the Municipal Public Health & Wellbeing priorities. The CVPPH have a strong, collaborative approach (cross sector networks) to implement these plans at a local level.

These plans have a whole of population approach but applies a social inclusion lens to ensure our most disadvantaged people have the same opportunities to participate in the community. However, there are pieces of work that focuses on particular vulnerable groups (eg.LGBTIQ+, Aboriginal, mental illness in young people, socially isolated older people) to build social capital, resilience and leadership.

Co-design and Collective Impact are frameworks that can be used to progress place-based work.

Here are some great examples of placed-based work, previously undertaken by the Central Victorian PCP:

Batting for Gender Equity

Castlemaine says Yes

Suicide Prevention



Central Victoria Prevention & Population Health acknowledges the traditional owners on whose land we live and work, their rich culture and spiritual connection to country. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and celebrate their living culture and unique role in the life of our catchment.

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