The G21 HWB Pillar Executive is formally inviting representatives from both the Department of Health (DH), and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing(DFFH) to be members of the Executive in the wake of the machinery of government which saw the split of the former Department of Health and Human Services. This is also an important part of the Primary Care Partnership (PCP) transition process that is occurring until March 2022. Initial discussions around the transition process have begun with DH, DFFH and VicPCP.
Whilst the transition is a state-wide transition, there is opportunity to shape the model of the PCP governance in our region over the coming 12 months. Further details will be shared by DH and DFFH over the coming months. The next nine months are critical in shaping where and how the PCP will be utilised in our region. Any transition plan developed will be on the basis of guaranteeing no reduction in funding and no involuntary job losses (PCP Program funded positions).
The HWB Pillar welcomed the news that our joint grant application with Sirovilla to the Anthony Costa Foundation was successful for $40,000. This will enable an additional year for the ongoing work in the development of a Regional Social Housing Plan, as well as four LGA plans and working collaboratively with Housing Victoria. We acknowledge and thank Sirovilla on working with us and bringing together all the components on such a successful grant application, and cannot wait to see the continued outcomes achieved in this project. This funding, together with contributions from the G21 HWB Pillar, the four LGAs and Sirovilla, ensure we can resource the Social Housing Project Manager for 2021/22 year.
The G21 HWB Pillar Executive has endorsed the four regional priority areas for both Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans and Health Integrated Health Promotion Plans for the next 4 years. These are
- Gender equality
- Social connection
- Enabling healthier lifestyles through healthy eating and active living, and
- Climate Change and its effects on health.
The G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Initiative is holding its annual Regional Forum on Wed April 28. Forty-five G21 members are attending to workshop the formation of the next 12 month action plan, and set the content for the next four year HEAL Regional Plan. This builds on the existing collective impact approach to continue to provide an evidence based, data informed approach to enabling healthier lifestyles in the G21 region.
The Connected Communities project exploring social isolation and social connectedness has received the delightful news that the model used to complete the “Local and Vocal” youth summit late last year is being rolled out across the West Division DHHS, with the intention of making this a statewide model. The project engaged young people in an online forum, led and facilitated by young people’s voices in co-designing activities that increase social connection with a focus on mental health.
Other activities include evaluation of the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children work, and subsequent planning for PVAW and Gender Equality for the G21 region.
Work is continuing into the 10-year anniversary of the “Growing up in G21” project and capturing a 2021 update. The “Growing up in G21” document is anticipated to form that basis of LGAs Early Years Plans which are due for renewal in 2021.