Keeping Well Newsletter

Goal

To increase the capacity of members and stakeholders to work together to enhance integrated health promotion.

2013 2014 IHP Action Plan

2013 – 14 IHP Progress

Goal Directed Care Planning: Why, When and How!

goal-directed-care-planning-flyer  and care-planning-registration-form

Healthy Food and Active Living

Obesity levels continue to rise across Australia and it appears that this is unfortunately not something the Southern Grampians Shire and Glenelg Shire residents are not immune to. As it stands, both the Southern Grampians Shire and Glenelg Shire are approximately 10% above the state average with regards to overweight and obesity levels.

A Community Based Systems Diagram of Obesity Causes – research article published in PLOSOne. The application of system thinking to the development, implementation and evaluation of childhood obesity prevention efforts represents the cutting edge of community-based prevention. We report on an approach to developing a system oriented community perspective on the causes of obesity. A Community Based Systems Diagram of Obesity Causes. 

For more information on SEAChange (Portland) or GenR8 Change (Southern Grampians) please visit our Project on a Page

For further information, please contact Clinton Thomas (Project Officer) clinton.thomas@wdhs.net, (03) 5551 8471

Prevention of harm from alcohol and other drugs

Healthy Glenelg

SGGPCP and partners have been approved for funding through the Australian Drug Foundation Local Drug Action Team Program. The project will allow us to expand our work on prevention of harm from alcohol and other drugs, with a focus on children, young people and their families.  PCP is partnering with Portland District Health, Glenelg Shire Council and Heywood Rural Health, other key stakeholders such as Victoria Police, GSG LLEN, education, other health services and the broader community.

The project aims to increase the health and wellbeing of local children, young people and their families. We will use the Communities That Care (CTC) framework, taking into account our local context. CTC Ltd will provide training, advice and support for the process.  It will improve understanding and skills in the local community and service sectors to deliver effective prevention programs which address the underlying causes of the issues rather than just managing the behaviour outcomes. Individual communities will help shape the action plan and strategies to be implemented within their community, tailored to meet their strengths and needs and designed to create lasting change.

MEDIA RELEASE – LDAT to tackle Glenelg issues

 

Glenelg Alcohol Health Promotion Planning Committee – preventing alcohol-related harm to young people – the PCP is working with a group of partners in Glenelg Shire to prevent alcohol-related harm, with young people as the main target group initially.

You’re Enough – underage alcohol message revealed

A covert operation to reduce underage alcohol use has now been revealed. Posters featuring three brightly-coloured characters, Quirky, Daring and Funny, have been appearing in Portland, Heywood and Casterton over recent weeks, sparking curiosity as to their origins.

The campaign sends a positive message to young people under 18 to believe in themselves – You’re Enough to have fun and fun to be around without drinking. The other tagline ‘Not drinking is fine’ challenges a community culture of alcohol being part of every event, celebration and commiseration.

The campaign was developed by the Glenelg Alcohol Health Promotion Planning Committee and Glenelg Beyond the Bell, driven by Glenelg Shire Council, Victoria Police, Portland District Health, the Glenelg Southern Grampians LLEN and Southern Grampians Glenelg PCP.  The group worked with RMIT University students and graduates to develop a new message supported by a playful and vibrant set of artworks.

Concerns at the level of underage alcohol use were confirmed with the findings of the 2014 Glenelg Shire Communities That Care youth survey which found significant levels of drinking among Year 6 and Year 8 students. The campaign aims to encourage young people to defer their first drink and reduce levels of drinking. When young people start drinking at an early age, there is significant harm to the developing adolescent brain and increased risk of mental health issues and future alcohol problems. They are also less likely to do well at school or complete school.

The campaign also includes a brochure for adults which encourages them to not to supply young people with alcohol and to support young people to defer the first drink as long as possible.

The campaign has engaged young people as creative partners, with local young people currently developing their own characters and artwork, ensuring that the campaign will continue to grow and evolve.

You can also read the Media Release here: You’re Enough media release

The three campaign posters are:

Project on a page

Glenelg Alcohol Health Promotion Action Plan 2015

Glenelg 2014 Youth Health Wellbeing Report

Coping With Ice FACTSHEET

PRESS RELEASE: “Adults should not supply alcohol to children”

For further information, please contact Rowena Wylie (Project Officer) rowena.wylie@wdhs.net, (03) 5551 8471

Community Resilience through Climate Change Adaptation

Rural People: Resilient Future

Glenelg SAVES

For further information, please contact Jo Brown (Manager, Health and Wellbeing) joanne.brown@wdhs.net, (03) 5551 8563

Healthy Together Victoria Achievement Program.

SGGPCP has registered to become a “Healthy Workplace” through the Victorian Government initiative: “Healthy Together Victoria – Creating a Healthier Workplace”. For more information, please click here.

For further information please contact Robyn Holcombe (Administration) robyn.holcombe@wdhs.net (03) 5551 8471