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MEDIA RELEASE - Health and wellbeing lead council work plan in 2020

20 December 2019

Improving mental health, access to health services and promotion of healthy living are key priorities of year three actions in the Glenelg Shire Council’s Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017 to 2021.

Council this week endorsed the third annual action plan which also focuses on supporting, recognising and empowering local Aboriginal communities.

A number of key partners, largely from government sectors, are featured in the annual action plan including local hospitals, schools, the Glenelg and Southern Grampians Primary Care Partnership, YMCA, Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service and Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation among others.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the plan provided “clear local priorities” to drive the direction of health and well-being for the shire over a four-year period.

“This action plan outlines the broad commitment of organisations and services across the shire, in delivering, supporting and advocating for health focused initiatives in our community. This is about working in close collaboration to continue to grow better health and wellbeing outcomes for us all,” Cr Rank said.

“The results to date over the past two years have been excellent and it is clear this detailed plan for the year ahead is going to continue to achieve positive outcomes. We want to ensure we have a healthy, active and happy community and can all lead prosperous lives.”

The third year actions focus on three key themes; connecting people, healthy living, and access and inclusion.

Supporting volunteers is a key focus in the connecting people theme, including the delivery of a self-identified carers group at the Casterton Memorial Hospital to increase social connection and support to navigate access to services. Meanwhile, Kyeema Support Services in Portland aims to develop a volunteer group at Seawinds Nursery targeting retirees who want to meet others and undertake meaningful social interaction.

Furthermore, the promote and recognise Aboriginal identity focus area aims to curate an Aboriginal Art exhibition in council’s 2020 program in addition to work focused on ensuring Koorie youth are engaged in education and culture through the Portland Heywood Koorie Youth Engagement Network.

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