SGGPCP held their AGM last week. It was great to see a variety of attendees across a number of organisations.

Fiona Heenan, Chair outlined some of PCP’s key achievements which included:

  • GenR8 Change/SEA Change – monitoring data collection and analysis, with both communities showing reduction of BMI).
  • Fire Awareness Award 2017   – access and inclusion category – Balmoral Fire Connect
  • Professor Anna Peeters Workshops – all things sugary drinks
  • Cormac Russell Masterclass

Jo Brown spoke on the award winning Balmoral Fire Connect Project, which highlighted the trusted relationship that people who work in the health and community services sector have with those who might be most vulnerable to extreme climatic events. A successful funding application to CFA Summer Fire Initiatives 2017/18 (ALLready Project) enabled SGGPCP to work with Creativa studios to develop a short animation to convey these messages. Jo showed a preview of the animation for ALLready Project

Our Executive Committee Membership for 2017-2021 is:

PCP Member Organisation Representative Name Deputy Name
Southern Grampians Shire Council Susannah Milne Evelyn Arnold
Glenelg Shire Council Edith Farrell Jodie Mayberry
Portland District Health Fiona Heenan Carolyn Millard
Heywood Rural Health Ros Jones Carol Stewart
Casterton Memorial Hospital Mary-Anne Betson Paula Layley-Doyle
Western District Health James McInnes Lena McCormack


Guest Speaker – Andrew Brown (Research Fellow, Global Obesity Centre, Deakin Uni), ran a short workshop session with attendees as a method to demonstrate how systems thinking can be used to understand any type of problem.

The group explored the questions ‘What factors enable or inhibit, services from empowering community?’ The session lead to starting map that showed the interconnection between many factors identified by participants. Andrew then highlighted how this approach can be used for all types of complex problems and issues.