Health and wellbeing
The Golden Plains Shire Health and Wellbeing team is a partnership initiative between Golden Plains Shire Council, integrated living Australia, 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:
- Healthy eating and active living
- Access to local health and community services
- Healthy and sustainable environments
- Connected communties
- Family violence and gender equity
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.
We also provide a range of other activities and programs across the Shire some of which include:
Our Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and Wellbeing Action Plan 2017-2021 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.
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 Community Wellbeing Officer on 5321 1508.
The Golden Plains Shire Health & Wellbeing Team lead monthly walks along paths and trails in Golden Plains and surrounding areas. Walks are 5 to 6km in length and all fitness levels are welcome as a support vehicle is on hand with pick up points along the walks. Bring along water, snacks, any important medication and wear suitable clothing.
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.
Every October VicHealth's Walk to School program encourages Victorian Primary School kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. The aim of the program is to encourage students and their families to consider ways they can incoporate walking, riding or scooting to school into their regular routinue. For those families who live too far from school to walk to school we encourage you to park a short distance from school and walk the remaining way. It's a great way to help students learn healthy habits and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Along with the health benefits, walking to school has benefits for the whole community. It reduces traffic congestion, helps us connect with family and friends and even saves the environment! There are so many great reasons to participate in Walk to School this October.
Walk to School creates positive health outcomes. It is based on extensive research and evidence indicating that increased physical activity in Victorian children can provide real health benefits. To promote physical activity in Victorian communities, VicHealth provides funding for local councils to support schools. Golden Plains Shire schools can contact Community Wellbeing Officer on 532 1508 to find out about our local walk to school activities or visit https://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: