August 2019

Did you know that the South Coast PCP is one of 28 PCPs across Victoria? PCPs have 18 years experience in building successful partnerships, addressing complex health and social issues and responding to local, regional and statewide health priorities.  Click here to see the work of PCPs from a whole of Victoria viewpoint...

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We have over 300 subscribers to our South Coast Primary & Community Partnership Newsletter. This provides a great opportunity for you to promote your programs, projects and events and learn about what others are doing. 

We're planning for a regular monthly newsletter in the first week of every month and welcome your contributions. Please send anything you would like included to Deb at and encourage others in your network to subscribe 

Prevention Launch
On 31st July 2019, key stakeholders including DHHS, Bass Coast Health, Gippsland Southern Health Service and South Gippsland Hospital gathered with PCP staff to celebrate the launch of the new South Coast Prevention Team.  We discussed the  opportunities and potential this new model presents for community based prevention work to impact positively on the health and wellbeing of local communities. Tim Owen from DHHS congratulated the partners on creating the first sub regional prevention team of it's kind in Victoria and acknowledged the leadership shown by the three health services in resourcing this new team. 

Respectful Relationships

Our South Coast Prevention Team supports schools in South Gippsland and Bass Coast to deliver Respectful Relationships.

The Respectful Relationships initiative was a direct response to a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Royal Commission recommended that the Victorian Government:

  • Mandate the introduction of respectful relationships education into every government school in Victoria from Prep to Year 12.
  • It should be delivered through a whole-of-school approach and be consistent with best practice

Respectful Relationships is a primary prevention activity designed to stop violence before it starts by addressing the deep-seated gendered drivers of family violence.

The following videos were made in partnership with the Corner Inlet Learning Alliance; Foster PS, Foster SC, Fish Creek and District PS, Toora PS, Welshpool and District PS and Tarwin Valley PS, DET and the South Coast Prevention Team.

The videos aim to inform and engage community about the Respectful Relationships Initiative and how they can support and play a role, further enabling the building of a culture of respect to change the story of family violence for future generations.


What is the Respectful Relationships Initiative? Where did it come from and what is it setting out to do?

What is the whole school approach?

What are the benefits of whole school approach?

Why RR is important to your school and community?

What does RR look like in the classroom?

Lead school- Foster PS

Orange Round

South Coast PCP is proud to have been involved in Orange Round at Phillip Island. Orange Round was held on the weekend of 28 and 29 July in partnership with Phillip Island Football Netball Club, Phillip Island Soccer Club and Change for Sam, officiated by Jordan Crugnale MP and Mayor Brett Tessari. This round highlights gender equality and the link to family violence. Activities included a minute silence prior to the start of the game, an education session with all clubs involved, banners and other visual campaign materials and a marquee with staff on site to engage directly with members of the community.

Tap Water Every Day. Our water it's healthy, it's free

The South Coast Prevention team has been funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver a local level social marketing campaign in an attempt to support efforts to address the local health data and priorities related to sugar sweetened beverage consumption in teenage males across the South Coast.

The campaign has been co-designed with local teenage males and is being implemented in partnership with the South Coast Water Partnership.

The campaign will run from 10 September to 10 December; watch this space for exciting things to come with is project!

Excellence in Health Promotion & Prevention 

The South Coast Prevention Team attended the Excellence in Health Promotion and Prevention Conference at Enliven PCP. The delegates heard from some great speakers on health literacy, systems approach, community engagement and evaluation. An inspiring day with confirmation that we are on the right track working in a contemporary evidence-based approach focused on systems and whole of community approaches for health and wellbeing.


Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health conditions in Australia, yet it is one of the most misunderstood.

Am I at risk?
We know that one person in four will get diabetes and that it is often linked to the way we live today. The lifestyle factors that can increase your risk of getting type 2 diabetes are:
  • If you are not very active
  • If someone in your family (mother, father, brother, sister) has type 2 diabetes
  • If you are overweight/obese or are carrying extra weight around your waist
  • If you have pre-diabetes (this is when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.)
  • If you have high blood pressure, abnormal blood fats (cholesterol) or heart disease
  • If you smoke
  • If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • If you are of Pacific Islander, Southern European, Middle Eastern, Northern African or Southern Asian background.
  • If you have had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
You can do a lot to reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes
Exercising regularly, reducing fat and calorie intake and losing a little weight can help you reduce your risk. Your lifestyle choices can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Evidence from large research projects in the United states, Finland, Europe and Australia have shown that adopting a healthy lifestyle is effective for preventing type 2 diabetes.
It is important for everyone to be active every day and eat well, not just those aiming to prevent diabetes. Yet while most of us know the benefits of living a healthy, active lifestyle, many of us see it as a lot of hard work and having to give up lots of good things, when it’s really not like that at all.  Involving the entire family in making decisions such as taking steps to set lifestyle goals and working towards making lifestyle changes is an important first step to preventing type 2 diabetes.
Read more here

What's on Locally?

What's on Regionally?

What's on Metro & Beyond?

  • Send us any metro and beyond events to share here
  • 12th International Conference on Grief & Bereavement in Contemporary Society - Save the Date 13-17 July 2020 



Green paper presented in Parliament announces:

"Therefore, we can now announce that the government will end the sale of energy drinks to children under 16. We will be setting out the policy in our consultation response shortly"

For those of us working in the Primary & Community world (and with particular interest given our current project around reduction of sugary sweetened beverages), we know the huge influence the environment has on health outcomes. This is a positive policy response from the UK Government.

Read the full report here

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Postal: 33 Murray Street, Wonthaggi 3995
Phone: 03) 5672 2494

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