September 2019

We have a new landline number: 03 5671 4272
You can also contact us on our mobiles
Kristen Yates Matthews, Executive Officer: 0427 475 259
Rebecca Scott, Prevention Manager: 0418 672 135
Rachel Sands, Health Promotion Officer: 0457 459 094* note new number 
Sarah Green, Health Promotion Officer: 0409 798 861
Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice attempts to Green-Up menus in the South Coast

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice was a pilot staged over a 2 year period that aimed to increase the availability, access and promotion of healthy menu options being provided in local cafes and restaurants across the South Coast. Using the Victorian Government’s 'Healthy choices: food and drink classification guide', menu options within participating businesses were classified as Red, Amber or Green. Findings from this pilot will be available in the next South Coast PCP newsletter.
The South Coast PCP acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government. 

Gippsland Health Literacy Forum

More than 50% of Australians have low health literacy.

This means more than half of consumers who access health organisations are unsure of the information provided to them and services available to assist them to make informed decisions about their health.

Staggering statistic right?!

This impacts all the work we do - each and every one of us - we can do better.

The Gippsland PCPs have been working in the area of health literacy since 2011 delivering a range of capacity building projects with partner organisations. 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. The infrastructure, policies, processes, materials, people and relationships that make up the health system have an impact on the way in which people are able to access, understand, evaluate and apply health-related information and services. 

In collaboration with our Gippsland PCP colleagues, we are very pleased to announce Professor Helen Keleher as our keynote speaker for this year’s FREE Health Literacy Forum.

Don’t let your organisation miss out!  

Please register yourself and a colleague here 



The launch of the Tap Water Every Day, our water it's healthy, it's free campaign is almost here and we need your help!

Do you know who would make a great Tap Water Every Day Champion?

A champion's role is to lead by example and inspire young males across the South Coast to choose tap water over sugar sweetened beverages. Champions come in all form; they may be a teenage male, a local family, secondary teacher, sportsperson, older teenage male (18-20) mayor, trades person or school principal.

If you know of someone who would suit this important role, please contact the Prevention Team!

Sarah Green, Health Promotion Officer: 0409 798 861
Rebecca Scott, Prevention Manager: 0418 672 135
Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019-2023

Minister Mikakos has released the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019–2023.

The plan sets the direction for action across State and local governments, the health and wellbeing sector and the community at large to achieve sustained improvements in the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

Feedback from the sector during the consultation process has been vital to the plan’s development and we thank all those who have contributed.

This third plan identifies ten priorities, continuing the priorities of the previous plan with the introduction of two global threats to health and wellbeing; tackling climate change and its impact on health and decreasing the risk of drug resistant infections in the community.

In addition to setting a broad priority agenda, the plan seeks to direct attention towards four areas of focus for the next four years:

•        tackling climate change and its impact on health
•        reducing tobacco-related harm
•        increasing active living
•        increasing healthy eating.

Implementation resources have been developed to support partners to act on the priorities of the plan, with specific guidance for local government, early childhood settings and schools, health and human services and workplaces.

All documents can be accessed here

Review of the NDIS Act and the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

I encourage people with disability and their families and carers to have their say on how NDIS processes could be improved and what is important for us to include in the Participant Service Guarantee.’ 
Stuart Robert, Minister for the NDIS

NDIS participants are at the centre of the NDIS legislation review and it is important that we capture what matters most to them and their families.

Public consultation for NDIS legislation
  • The review will legislate participant service guarantees to improve the experience people have with the NDIS.
  • This will look at shorter timeframes for an access decision, plan approvals and plan reviews.
  • There is a focus on improving the experience for children and those needing specialist disability accommodation, assistive technology and other similar services.
  • Any changes will be in place from 1 July 2020.
 How to have your say
  • The Government has appointed an independent expert, Mr David Tune AO PSM, to lead the review.
  • It is essential that people with disability, their families and carers have input into the Participant Service Guarantee to benefit future participants.
  • You can have your say by:
    • Completing the survey online (available from 9 September 2019)
    • Providing a written submission (submission process open from 26 August 2019)
    • Participating in a face-to-face workshop (September – October 2019)
    • For more information, including the list of face-to-face workshops, discussion paper and terms of reference, please go to:

Free Pantry - A Great Community Project

A free pantry in Ascot Vale invites neighbours to 'take what you need and give what you can'. People are doing both. See more here

What's on Locally?

What's on Regionally?

  • Gippsland Health Literacy Forum. Traralgon. 4 September. Flyer
  • Financial Capability Workshop. Morwell. Tues 10 September. Flyer
  • Reslience Workshop 2019. Churchill. 3 October 2019 Flyer
  • Noah's Ark Strengthening Parent Support Program Info List

What's on Metro & Beyond?

  • Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Symposium.  QLD. 21 September. See program and registration details here
  • Supporting & Communicating with the Bereaved. Mulgrave. Friday 6 September. Register here
  • Skilling & Development Workshops -  Topics covered will include: Grant writing, creating a high performing team, proactive media engagement and sustainable funding.
  • Canine Comprehension - Dog Assisted Learning. Term 4 bookings now open


In May 2018 Primary Care Partnerships across Victoria were invited to participate in a state-wide survey. The aim of the survey was to collect information regarding exemplar initiatives of Primary Care Partnerships across Victoria. The survey was designed to articulate the role PCPs play in coordinating, supporting and facilitating partnership work and illustrate the collective effort of the partnership platform including the range of initiatives across priority settings, populations and government policy agendas. PCPs were asked to enter information into the survey detailing exemplar projects or initiatives that had made a difference in their catchment.

This report highlights the collective activity of the 28 PCPs across Victoria at a point in time and the alignment to the government health and wellbeing priorities from over 178 survey entries representing more than 150 unique PCP initiatives.

Training, Grants & Other Opportunities


  • Send us your employment vacancies to promote here
  • Red Cross is seeking a Drought Coordinator  to work in the drought affected parts of Gippsland, Victoria.

Newsletters & Resources

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