Health and wellbeing
The Golden Plains Shire Health and Wellbeing team is a partnership initiative between Golden Plains Shire Council, Ballarat District Nursing & Healthcare, Barwon Health and Ballarat Community Health.
Funded by the Department of Health, the Health and Wellbeing Team has a commitment to working in partnership to enhance and promote the overall health and wellbeing of individuals and communities across Golden Plains Shire.
The key priorities for the Health and Wellbeing Team include:
- Promoting mental health and wellbeing
- Building healthy communities through increased physical activity and good nutrition
- Improving capacity building through evaluation and partnership development.
Learn about Health and Wellbeing services:
The Health and Wellbeing Team provide a range of activities and services from four main community hubs. These are:
396 Sago Hill Rd, Haddon. Ph. 5342 7000
19 Heales St, Smythesdale. Ph. 5321 1500
Swamp Rd, Dereel.
27 High St, Bannockburn. Ph. 5220 7260
For information about the current activities and services offered at these community centres please contact using the phone numbers above.
Community Centre Open Week 8-14 May 2017
We are running a Community Centre Open Week to promote and support existing and new activities at our community centres. All Community Centre Open Week activities will be promoted in the Community Open Week brochure. Free and reduced room hire will be available for some activities (conditions apply). For more information download the Expression of Interest Form or contact the centres on the numbers above.
We also provide a range of other activities and programs across the Shire some of which include:
Our Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan "Healthy People - Healthy Places" sets the overarching framework for all of the policies and partnerships that must be in place if people in the Shire are to enjoy good physical and mental health in great communities. For more information click here.
Golden Plains Shire Council is a proud supporter of VicHealth's H30 Challenge. The Challenge encourages Victorians to make a simple 30-day pledge to replace every sugary drink they would normally drink, with water. As part of the campaign we are offering people who live, work or play sport in Golden Plains Shire the chance to win prizes for taking the Challenge.
More information at H30 Challenge
To make more residents aware of the H30 Challenge we are inviting sporting clubs to become involved in promoting the Challenge. Clubs can apply for $500 sponsorship to hold a H30 Challenge match or activity and there are some great bonuses on offer.
Download Sponsorship Form here
The Health and Wellbeing Team currently has funding available for ‘Gem of an Idea’ grants. These small grants of up to $500 are available for non profit community groups to undertake projects or activities aimed at promoting community connections, good nutrition, physical activity and/ or mental wellbeing. For more information visit the Gem of An Idea page.
Heart Foundation Walking is a network of free community based walking groups led by volunteer organisers.
The Heart Foundation Walking Area Coordinator for Golden Plains Shire can provide assistance to establish new walking groups or support any existing groups across the Shire to recruit walkers or plan walks with other groups.
For more information on the range of walking opportunities across the Shire contact Jacinta Walsh on 5321 1500 or email@example.com .
The Golden Plains Shire Health & Wellbeing Team lead monly walks along some of our local parths and trails. All fitness levels are welcome as a support vehicle is on hand with pick up points along the walks.
Health and Wellbeing staff work with partners and the community to identify opportunities to help people get more active across Golden Plains Shire.
Some of the programs and projects that the Health and Wellbeing team are delivering or partnering with others to provide currently are Branch into Music, Steady Feet, Sporting Schools, Nature play, Walk to School, and Trailblazers.
To find out more, please contact the Health and Wellbeing team.
In 2015 there was a great response from the community in relation to ‘Food for Thought’ forums at which information from a recent local Food Access study was shared and local solutions identified.
Following the Forums, two Food Network groups have been established, one in the north and one in the south of the shire, to identify and work on projects that help improve access to healthy food in Golden Plains Shire.
Project ideas have been prioritised by the food networks and are being developed by community working groups. The food network groups continue to meet and work on these projects and identify additional opportunities to strengthen our local food access system. If you would like to be involved in these projects or if you would like to start your own project and be linked into the Food Networks please contact Jacinta Walsh on 5321 1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A range of health information and resources are available for individuals, communities and events. This includes information on a variety of topics including mental health, diabetes, men's health, relationships, and available health and community services.
Please contact the Health and Wellbeing Team or drop into one of the above Hubs to enquire about any of the resources available.
October 2017 - exact dates to be confirmed
For more information call 5342 7000 or email email@example.com
For more information on the statewide Seniors Festival 2017 go to www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au or call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300 135 090.
Walk to School is a VicHealth initiative which many local councils across Victoria apply and receive funding from to deliver local Walk to School activities and active travel initiatives in their communities.
The Health and Wellbeing Team works with schools in the Shire to develop initiatives to support active, healthy lifestyles for children and families in Golden Plains Shire.
Visit www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au for more information.
For additional information on any of the activities or services provided, please contact the Health and Wellbeing Team Leader.
Follow the links below to find out more about the agencies involved in the partnership: