Healthy communities

Who we are 

Barwon Health is committed to improving health over a full spectrum of care. This includes promoting health and preventing poor health before it occurs. This is the role of The Healthy Communities team.

We recognise that health is not just an outcome of individual behaviour choices. We work with communities in the places they live, learn, work and play to create programs that prevent poor health outcomes. These initiatives aim to change the abilities, attitudes, behaviors and understandings that can impact on our health.

Read more about what we do below.

What we do

However we do not succeed alone. Our region covers the five local government areas of City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Greater Borough of Queenscliffe and Surf Coast Shire. This is also known as the G21 region.

We collaborate with other key partners across our region to improve the reach and outcomes of our projects. The Healthy Communities team works with a range of partners such as: 

• Workplaces 
• Health services 
• Schools and universities
• Local and state government 
• Local community organisations 
• Other Barwon Health staff and departments

To see some of the projects we worked on in 2017 click here

Our priority areas for 2017 – 2021 are:

HC Priority Areas

Upcoming Events

October - Mental Health Month 

For the first time this year, Mental Health Month will be celebrated, throughout Australia with events taking place from October 7th 2018.

This year’s focus is on Youth Mental Health. Mental Health Month can be launching pad for organisations, school or workplaces to consider activities that promote social connectedness, reduce stigma, improve community awareness about mental illness and promote healthy eating and active living, with the aim of achieving “better mental health for all.”

For more information see here

October - Barwon Month of Action

This year the Barwon Month of Action will run from 26th of October - 25th of November 2018

The Month of Action is a long running campaign that aims to raise awareness and educate our community about men's violence against women and children. There are a number of events being held across the region during the month. 

For more information see here

 

Realted Links

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Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.