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Health Promotion

It’s important to look after your own health and wellbeing, including both your physical and mental health. South Gippsland Hospital is committed to supporting their staff and community to build a positive culture around health and wellbeing.

Staff can access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP is a professional, confidential counselling service that is available free of charge for all employees, volunteers and their immediate family members. EAP can help with a broad range of work related and personal issues. Contact Human Resources for more information.

Helpful Links and Resources

Tips and Help Sheets

To help you look after your own health and wellbeing, the South Coast Prevention Team have created these tips and help sheets.

  • Health Care Worker Self-Care
  • Tips and Ideas to Take Care of Yourself
  • Movement and Mindfulness Breaks
  • Managing your Mindset

Community Guides to Services in the South Coast

To support the South Coast community to access services locally, the South Coast Prevention Team have developed community guides by service type.

  • Family Violence Services
  • Emergency Food Relief Services
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Services
  • Youth Services

Community Guide to Local Health Services Supports

The South Coast Primary and Community Partnership, Bass Coast Shire Council and South Gippsland Shire Council have released a Community Guide to Local Health Services and Supports to assist the public to access services available right here in the South Gippsland and Bass Coast region.

 

Health Promotion at SGH

South Gippsland Hospital work as part of a wider primary prevention & health promotion team across South Gippsland and Bass Coast.

Your Prevention Team

The South Coast Prevention Team is a result of a strong commitment by Bass Coast Health, Gippsland Southern Health Service, South Gippsland Hospital and the South Coast Primary & Community Partnership to work collectively across the sub-region with pooled health promotion resources. This model provides clearer policy direction and delivers better alignment of prevention work to the broader health agenda across the sub-region.

The team are based at the South Coast Primary & Community Partnership office in Wonthaggi, with many of the health promotion officers working out of the health services each week.

South Coast Prevention Team (left to right): Sarah, Beth, Rebecca, Janelle, Rachel.

Rebecca Scott, Prevention Manager: rebeccas@southcoastpcp.org.au mobile: 0418 672 135

Sarah Green, Health Promotion Officer: sarahg@southcoastpcp.org.au mobile: 0409 798 861

Rachel Sands, Health Promotion Officer: rachels@southcoastpcp.org.au mobile: 0457 459 094

Janelle Smyth, Health Promotion Officer: janelles@southcoastpcp.org.au mobile: 0457 207 067

Beth Allan, Health Promotion Officer: betha@southcoastpcp.org.au mobile: 0438 057 040

 

In response to local identified health issues a four-year plan has been established that guides the work across the sub-region. The 2017 – 2021 South Coast Integrated Prevention Action Plan identifies three key health priorities.

The priority health areas are;

  • Preventing violence and injury
  • Improving sexual and reproductive health
  • Healthier eating and active living

The South Coast Prevention Team is guided by the following Primary Prevention Principles;

  • Whole of community, whole of systems approach
  • Outcomes focused
  • Transparent line-of-sight
  • A focus on equity
  • Prevention at scale
  • Leadership at every level
  • Emphasis on multi-risk factor approaches
  • Mutually reinforcing activities

 

Key to the delivery of the work is a platform of strong and effective partnerships. These partnerships span health services, local government, schools, early childhood services, sporting clubs, private businesses, state agencies, water corporations and community-based organisations.

What is happening in Primary Prevention and Health Promotion in 2020-2021?

Prevention of Family Violence

The Prevention Team work with schools across the South Coast and the Department of Education supporting them to implement the Respectful Relationships initiative. The Prevention Manager chairs the South Coast Partnership to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women and as a partner the Prevention Team worked together with local theatre creatives to produce a series of videos that promotes prevention of men’s violence against women messaging.

Sexual & Reproductive Health

The prevention team work with partners across Gippsland to implement the Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy 2017-2021. The team also work with schools across the South Coast to implement the Sexual Health and Wellbeing Benchmark of the Achievement Program

Healthy Eating

The Prevention Team are working with local neighbourhood houses on a project to improve the availability, access and promotion of healthy food and drink options. The Prevention Team also work with early childhood services, schools and workplaces to implement the heathy eating benchmark of the Achievement Program.

Active Living

The Prevention Team have been successful in their application for a Health Promotion Innovation Grant. One of only four in the State, the 2-year funding is for a community-based social marketing project aimed at increasing active recreation for older adults 55+, utilising the local natural environment of the South Coast such as beaches, trails and parks.

Partnerships

Key to the delivery of the work is a platform of strong and effective partnerships. These partnerships span health services, local government, schools, sporting clubs, private businesses, state agencies, water corporations and community-based organisations.

Achievement Program

The Achievement Program is a Victorian Government initiative that creates a healthy environment using a whole-service approach for students, staff, families and the wider community.

The Prevention Team work with education settings including early childhood services, primary and secondary schools to implement the Achievement Program. The team develops the South Coast Healthy Schools Newsletter and the South Coast Healthy Early Childhood Service Newsletter with opportunities, practical ideas and resources to improve the health and wellbeing of communities.

The Prevention Team also work with workplaces (Gippsland Southern Health Service, South Gippsland Hospital and Bass Coast Health) to implement the Achievement Program.

Health Promotion Campaign Calendar

Each year the Prevention Team develops a campaign calendar. The campaigns included in this calendar are aligned to the priorities in the 2017-2021 Integrated Health Promotion Plan, Council Health and Wellbeing Plans, the Victorian Health & Wellbeing Plan and supported by local health data. The campaigns are implemented by Bass Coast Health, South Gippsland Hospital and Gippsland Southern Health Service and are reinforced by the work of our partners (local government, YMCA, Gippsport etc). Activities are coordinated across organisations to avoid isolated efforts and to generate the greatest improvements in the health of our community.

Like to know more?

To find out more about the team, our projects and resources please visit our website

If there is a specific issue you would like us to address or a project you would like help with please email rebeccas@southcoastpcp.org.au

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