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VicHealth update: 17 May 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, public health, Awards, funding, alcohol, walking, nutrition, violence

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VicHealth a true Melbourne Achiever 

VicHealth has been awarded the prestigious Melbourne Achiever Award in recognition of its ground-breaking health promotion work over the past 30 years.

The award acknowledges and celebrates significant and sustained contributions to Melbourne city that leave a lasting legacy.

The award recognised VicHealth’s work including combatting the pervasiveness of smoking, driving efforts to prevent violence against women, and recent work to promote gender equality in sport.

VicHealth Chair Fiona McCormack said it was a tremendous honour to receive such an acclaimed award, previously won by organisations including the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Children’s Hospital. “I’m extremely proud of the progress VicHealth has managed to achieve over our first thirty years,” Ms McCormack said.

VicHealth’s Patron and founding Chair Professor Emeritus Sir Gustav Nossal said VicHealth’s achievements were well worth celebrating. “Over thirty years VicHealth has embodied the principle that prevention is not only better than cure, it is also so much more cost-effective,” Sir Gustav said.

Find out more about VicHealth's Melbourne Achiever Award recognition.

Melbourne Achiever Awards group.
Left to right: Ms Kellie-Ann Jolly (CEO Heart Foundation Vic.); Mrs Nancy Cain; Ms Wendy Farmer (President of Voices of the Valley); Ms Natalie Suleyman (MP Member for St Albans and VicHealth Board Member); Ms Nicole Livingstone OAM (Deputy Chair of VicHealth Board); Hon. John Cain (former Premier of Victoria); Ms Fiona McCormack (Chair of VicHealth Board); Ms Jerril Rechter (CEO of VicHealth); Mr Stephen Walter (VicHealth Board Member); Ms Lyn Morgain (CEO of cohealth); Ms Amanda Gailiss (Youth Governor); and Ms Keran Howe (Executive Director of Women with Disabilities Victoria).

Local councils work to tackle risky drinking cultures

Six Victorian councils will deliver four new projects thanks to VicHealth’s $1.3 million Alcohol Culture Change grants initiative for Local Councils.

Councils will work with research partners, community groups, workplaces and licenced businesses to develop ideas and deliver projects that target groups of risky drinkers in their local area.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said VicHealth defines ‘alcohol culture’ as the way people drink social norms, attitudes and beliefs. “We know that one-size doesn’t fit all – Victoria is a diverse state with many drinking cultures. These new projects will target groups of people most likely to drink at risky levels, including young people in night-time entertainment precincts and middle-aged male blue collar workers,” Ms Rechter said.

The winning ideas are:

  • What’s Your Story? - City of Port Phillip, City of Melbourne and City of Stonnington
    Involves collecting stories from young adults who successfully changed their risky drinking habits.
  • Who’s it gonna hurt? - City of Wodonga
    Includes a social marketing campaign and workplace-based education program.
  • Rural youth action Challenging Alcohol Norms (RyACAN) - Horsham Rural City Council
    Includes a parent education program and a range of binge drinking deterrent activities.
  • Youth action on alcohol culture change - City of Whittlesea
    Includes a social marketing campaign and spaces where young people can express creativity.

Find out more about these community initiatives to address the risky drinking culture.

Funding to get more Victorians walking

VicHealth has announced funding of $1.05 million over three years to continue its support of Victoria Walks, to encourage more Victorians to walk for recreation and transport. The funding will enable Victoria Walks to deliver walking projects, support VicHealth’s Walk to School program, and collaborate with government to increase walking in Victoria.

Victoria Walks Executive Officer Dr Ben Rossiter said the funding would allow the organisation to enable communities to support a culture of regular walking as part of active living.

Find out more funding to encourage walking in Victoria.

World-first trial helps Australians shop healthier

A first-of-its-kind trial encouraging Australians to make healthy choices at the supermarket has been launched.  Seven IGA supermarkets will participate in the ‘Eat Well @ IGA’ project, which will promote healthy food choices to shoppers.

The project is a partnership between Deakin University, the City of Greater Bendigo, VicHealth and IGA, and has been funded by a $550,000 grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Lead researcher Dr Adrian Cameron from Deakin’s Global Obesity Centre in the School of Health and Social Development said each ‘intervention store’ will display a range of health promoting material including shelf tags with a Health Star Rating system to highlight healthy items.

Learn more about the Eat Well @ IGA project.

Read the Deakin University article on this project with VicHealth.

Family Violence Workforce Census

Victoria’s first family violence workforce census has been extended to 19th May 2017.

If your work intersects with family violence, we encourage you to participate in this census. It is an important chance to have your say on how you currently work to prevent or respond to family violence, and what you think you need to support you.

Your input will help government to plan for the future, and to understand and address workforce challenges.

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Principal Program Officer - Mental Wellbeing 

VicHealth is seeking a Principal Program Officer to join our Mental Wellbeing team.

You will support the development and management of activity which aims to increase the mental wellbeing, resilience and social connection of young people and women, with a particular focus on contributing to the prevention of violence against women and gender equality strategies for VicHealth.

Applications close 23rd May 2017.

Find out more about this mental wellbeing position at VicHealth.

Find more job vacancies on the VicHealth website.

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