Our work is guided by the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2019 – 2023.
The plan focuses on the following priority areas with four focus areas (outlined in bold):
• Tackling climate change and its impact on health
• Reducing injury
• Preventing all forms of violence
• Increasing healthy eating
• Decreasing the risk of drug-resistant infections in the community
• Improving mental wellbeing
• Increasing active living
• Improving sexual and reproductive health
• Reducing harmful alcohol and drug use
• Reducing tobacco-related harm
In April 2020, Inner North West Primary Care Partnership (INW PCP) held a workshop with the Prevention Alliance to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures, such as isolation, quarantine and physical distancing, on health promotion work and community wellbeing. During this workshop a range of collaborative activities and shared resources have been identified and implemented. While the public health measures implemented across Australia and in Victoria have been effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the focus on responding to the pandemic has created additional challenges and opportunities for organisations moving forward. The INWPCP have developed some shared resources to support our partners to apply a COVID lens during their planning period.
The COVID-19 and Mental Health Environmental Scan – This environmental scan is to provide an overview of research and policy on COVID-19 and mental health to identify gaps and reduce duplication in the mental health space. If left unaddressed, mental illness and distress is likely to become a ‘silent killer’ of the pandemic and a major public health crisis.
The Impacts of COVID-19 on Health and Wellbeing: A Rapid Evidence Review – This review has been divided into two parts to ensure INW PCP partners have rapid access to the findings. The first part presents the evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the social determinants of health, and the second part presents the impact of COVID-19 on selected Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan priorities.
Key policy and strategy documents and evidence based resources relevant to our catchments Prevention of Violence against Women activity.
Change the Picture: A national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and their Children.
The Compendium of Social Inclusion Indicators was developed by the Social Inclusion Board to guide monitoring and reporting against the former Australian Government’s social inclusion agenda. The Compendium is an index of the available national datasets used to routinely collect population data in Australia.
The Scanlon Foundation in Partnership with Monash University developed the Social Cohesion Index for use in the National Scanlon Mapping Social Cohesion Survey, which is conducted annually to measure social cohesion in Australia.
The Social Exclusion Monitor was developed by Brotherhood of St Laurence in Partnership with the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (University of Melbourne) to guide a multidimensional approach to measuring and monitoring the extent of poverty and social exclusion in Australia.
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