December 2019
Technology Update
External emails have begun to flow! And we now have Internet although it is still quite slow. Its been a challenging and creative time as we devise work-arounds to do all those tasks that we take for granted that rely on technology. If you are not receiving emails from us it might be that your IT has blocked us.
So this PCP News is a smaller version of our usual publication without all the usual events listings etc. But please keep sending through your flyers and info to us as we hope to be back up and fully running in time for a February PCP News. In the meantime, if we possibly can, we will post some of your events to Facebook. So if you haven't already, search for and like us on Facebook to keep in touch. Thanks for your patience and understanding. 

From now until 15 December 2019, you are invited to give your own or your organisation’s views on what a 10-year strategy to reduce overweight and obesity in Australia should focus on.
A range of social, environmental and economic factors contribute to obesity and impact a person’s ability to maintain a healthy weight. If the current trend continues, more than 18 million Australians will be overweight or obese by 2030.
Governments want to hear from you about what actions could be done to prevent obesity. This is an opportunity to help shape a national strategy that focuses on what government will do and how government can work with communities, non-government organisations and industry to create environments that support a healthy weight and support and empower individuals and communities.
Resources are available on request, including a Communication Kit containing background information, key messages, example media releases, newsletter copy, social media tiles and web badges; and an Engagement Pack, should you want to hold your own consultation activity.
For more on how to get involved, go to the national obesity strategy consultation hub.
If you require any further information about the consultation process, or you would like to receive a copy of the Communication Kit or Engagement Pack, please contact

We are seeking feedback on our recent
Tap Water Every Day Campaign.


The Tap Water Every Day campaign has been running since 10 September and aims to improve the health of local teenage males by increasing tap water consumption and reducing the high rates of sugar sweetened beverage consumption.

Alarming data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates that the average Australian teenage male consumes 17.5kgs of sugar from sugar sweetened beverages alone in a year! This can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes and dental decay. The Tap Water Every Day campaign has been working to motivate, empower and increase access to tap water in an attempt to change this behaviour. 

Led by the South Coast Primary & Community Partnership, the project has been working directly with secondary students from across South Gippsland and Bass Coast to develop a campaign that reflects the needs of local young people. 
We are now  seeking your assistance to help us to evaluate the Campaign. We are after responses from the whole community, not just teenage males.
It would be appreciated if you could do the following:
  • Circulate the link and introduction below within your organisation, through email, staff newsletters and the intranet
  • Circulate to any community groups and local networks you have
  • Share the South Coast PCP Facebook post on your organisations Facebook page
  • Complete the survey yourself
 Give us your feedback and WIN!

By simply completing the following survey you will go into the draw to win a $50 Big W voucher or 1 of 2 Brita filtered water jugs!
The survey will help us evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign 

South Coast Service Providers Network Meeting

The Purpose:
  • To bring together representatives from organisations providing health, social, community and local government services in the Bass Coast & South Gippsland Shires:
  • To provide a forum to network and collaborate
  • To share and disseminate information 
  • To provide a vehicle for communication and support 
The Format: 
  • Any relevant general business 
  • 2 guest speakers - 15 minutes each on their topic  
  • Agency 'Round Table' speed-dating
  • Informal networking with cuppa and snacks  
If you would like to be included on the data base for this meeting please email your details to Deb: 

Dates for 2020 -
Meetings alternate between South Gippsland Shire and Bass Coast Shire. All welcome!

Date:  Thursday 13 February 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Chambers, Michael Place, Leongatha

Date: Wednesday 13 May 2020
Time: 10.30am – 12.30 pm
Venue: The Old Wonthaggi Post Office (Cnr Watt St and McBride Ave, Wonthaggi) meeting room 

Date:  Thursday 13 August 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Chambers, Michael Place, Leongatha

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020
Time: 10.30am – 12.30 pm
Venue: The Old Wonthaggi Post Office (Cnr Watt St and McBride Ave, Wonthaggi) meeting room 

See you there!
Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice 

Hear from some of the businesses involved in Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice about their journey in supporting our community to eat healthier when dining out across the South Coast.

Watch the video

For more information please visit South Gippsland Shire Council.  

The project objective was to increase the availability , access and promotion of health menu options being provided in local cafes and restaurants across the South Coast
Some findings from the pilot:
Health Literacy Forum 2019

Each profession tends to speak their own ‘language’, we’ve all experienced it…What did that lawyer mean? What is the tax agent talking about? What does that word actually mean? Health is no different, in fact it’s more confusing to many and can have significant and serious consequences. We call this ‘Health Literacy’. 60% of adult Australians have low health literacy. Health Literacy is the degree to which a person has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. Health Literacy is important as it shapes peoples long-term health outcomes and the safety and quality of the care they receive. 
On Wednesday 4 September, the Gippsland PCPs hosted the 2019 Gippsland Health Literacy Forum. Keynote speaker Professor Helen Keleher shared the latest in global best practice and Safer Care Victoria presented their ‘Partnering in Healthcare Framework which is designed to help health services respond to the needs and expectations of consumers. Participants on the day learned that health literacy is the responsibility of the system within which we work, it should not be viewed as a deficit issue of consumers.
Watch this fantastic short video showing a common consumer experience of health services. For more resources and  information visit our website


Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series

There is widespread evidence demonstrating the relationship between the health and wellbeing of an individual and the environments in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Factors such as employment, housing, education and social support can work to strengthen or destabilise the health of people and their communities. These factors are referred to as the social determinants of health (SDoH).

In partnership with Health Justice Australia and Social Futures, the Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series aims to create a shared language around SDoH. Each webcast will be filmed from a state-of-the-art studio in Sydney, facilitated by Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, and will feature up to five expert panelists.

The series will outline the theory behind SDoH (Webcast 1) and then contextualise them in the detail of factors such as

  • early life (Webcast 2)
  • socioeconomic position (Webcast 3)
  • housing, communities and neighbourhoods (Webcast 4)
  • health justice (Webcast 5)

Watch Webcast 1 & 2 here or  click here to REGISTER FOR WEBCASTS 3,4 & 5 Registering for these webcasts will ensure you are notified each time a new video is ready for on-demand view.


  • Send us your employment vacancies to promote here

Helpful Web Links

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Phone: 03) 5671 4272

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