Health Promotion and Community Engagement

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Our Preventive Health and Community Development Team has a strong philosophy of health promotion underpinned by the social determinants of health. To effectively influence the health and wellbeing of our communities we must address social and environmental determinants alongside biological and medical factors.

Our team addresses a range of key health priorities through strong partnerships with a variety of health and non-health organisations, including local government. We utilise a settings based multi-faceted approach to support our communities to build safe, supportive, and sustainable schools, community groups and sports clubs.

This is achieved through a variety of methods including information and resources, policy development, interactive education, peer development, and social marketing.

Alcohol and Drug Prevention

Alcohol is one of the top 10 avoidable causes of disease and death in Victoria through its strong link to injury, accidents and violence. Nexus works in partnership with sporting clubs, schools, youth groups and other community services to reduce alcohol and drug related violence and harm in the community.

Current initiatives addressing alcohol and drug related issues in the community include:

- Don't Let It Get Ugly Project and the #YOLOLiveWell Campaign:
Nexus works in partnership with local sports clubs and businesses to raise awareness of alcohol and drug related violence and harm in the community, including the local support services available - this is achieved through interactive education sessions with players/club officials/volunteers/employees, the implementation of a tailored Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Policy, support to maintain or progress Good Sports Accreditation, and membership on the Southern Mitchell Cluster Liqour Accord.

- Promotion of alcohol prevention campaigns and resources:
Nexus is always looking for innovative ways to enable people to live well in their community. We promote a variety of evidence based initiatives in relation to alcohol management and prevention such as the #YOLOLiveWell Campaign, Say When, FebFast, Dry July and Hello Sunday Morning.

- Advocacy in local planning:
Nexus is an active participant in various levels of planning locally and state wide - some plans include Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans, Youth Strategies, and Integrated Health Promotion Plans. It is our role to advocate for initiatives addressing alcohol and drug prevention to be included in relevant plans to ensure a coordinated response in our community.

For more information about these initiatives contact Nexus Marketing, Engagement and Prevention Manager on 1300 77 33 52.

GLBTI Community Group

The GLBTI Community Group is an opportunity for GLBTI people along with their friends and family living in a regional area to gather and connect socially.

The group provides an opportunity for members to socialise in a safe and inclusive environment including accessing knowledge and advice together and sharing experiences about a range of different topics.

Our group is confidential and respectful of your needs, circumstances and culture.

What happens at the group?

Our group meetings vary in design however are generally are set up to have a topic of discussion / presentation followed by dinner and lots of laughs.

The group has the opportunity to guide ‘what’s on’ based on what everyone is interested in including attending GLBTI events and social activities.

Dinner is provided and group members are most welcome and encouraged to help with the cooking and serving of the meal!

When is the group on?

The first Monday night of each month from 6pm to 8pm at the Nexus Primary Health Broadford 72 Ferguson Street.

Accessing this group:

· You can refer yourself to the group by contacting us on 1300 77 33 52, or a family member, parent or care giver can refer you. You can attend anytime to this group, you do not have to pre-book your place.

If you would like more information, click here to download our fact sheet.

As part of our commitment to providing inclusive and culturally appropriate services we support our to undertake appropriate professional development. To better assist our GPs, practice nurses and practice staff to consistently be inclusive of and sensitive to lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people we regularly refer to the following guide developed by the University of Melbourne - A guide to sensitive care for lesbian, gay and bisexual people attending general practice.

Healthy Eating and Food Security

All people have the right to access food that is safe, nutritious and culturally valued. We strive to strengthen community partnerships with various organisations and local residents to create supportive environments that promote culturally valued food through the implementation of the Healthy Food Connect Model.

Current initiatives addressing healthy eating and food security in the community include:

- Support schools in the Mitchell Shire to implement the Healthy Together Victoria Achievement Program:
Nexus works collaboratively with primary and secondary schools to support the effective implementation of the Achievement Program addressing healthy eating benchmarks. The Achievement Program provides a framework to build a healthy and engaged school environment.

- Undertake the Victorian Healthy Food Basket Survey in the Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires:
The Victorian Healthy Food Basket survey assesses the affordability of a healthy diet. The basket provides both healthy food choices and foods that represent typical purchases of Victorians. The healthy food component of the basket provides enough food to meet the nutritional needs of four different family types for a fortnight.

- Support local Community or Edible Garden Projects:
Our focus is to build on existing networks by supporting integration and sustainable governance structures. Nexus has supported the planning, development and implementation of the Broadford Community Garden, Clonbinaine Community Garden and the Super Edible Garden located at the Nexus GP SuperClinic Wallan.

- Support local sports clubs to build healthy environments:
Nexus works collaboratively with sports clubs in the Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires to establish sustainable and effective initiatives promoting healthy eating. This includes support to engage with Valley Sport delivered programs such as Healthy Sporting Environments, canteen and menu assessments, the implementation of tailored Healthy Eating Policies and interactive education sessions for players/club officials/volunteers/employees.

- Advocacy in local planning:
Nexus is an active participant in various levels of planning locally and state wide - some plans include Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans, Youth Strategies, and Integrated Health Promotion Plans. It is our role to advocate for initiatives addressing healthy eating and food security to be included in relevant plans to ensure a coordinated response in our community.

For more information about these initiatives contact Nexus Marketing, Engagement and Prevention Manager on 1300 77 33 52.

Life! Helping you prevent diabetes, heart disease & stroke

The Life! program is a Victorian lifestyle modification program that helps you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Changing your lifestyle isn't easy, especially on your own. The Life! program gives you the motivation and support needed to make and maintain positive changes to adopt healthy behaviours and a more active lifestyle.

This approach has been shown to be more effective than taking medication and has a long-term positive effect on your health. Life! will offer you the knowledge, skills, support and expert advice needed to make lifestyle choices to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Nexus will deliver the Life! Group Course that involves:
- a one-on-one introductory session,
- four group sessions run fortnightly,
- one follow up group session delivered approximately five months post the final group session.

If you would like all of the details for our next available Life! Group click here.

Each session is run by a qualified member of the Nexus team and runs for approximately 90 minutes, - your partner or friend can attend the course to provide extra support. You’ll receive a comprehensive participant workbook full of practical information on nutrition and physical activity, goal setting, sleep, stress and lapses.

Life! Program Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the Life! program, participants must have one or more of the following eligibility criteria:
- 18 years and over and have an AUSDRISK score≥ 12 and a BMI score ≥ 25
- 18 years or more and have previously been diagnosed with one or more of the following:

- cardiovascular disease (including myocardial infarction, angina and angioplasty)
- gestational diabetes
- moderate or severe Chronic Kidney Disease
- familial hypercholesterolemia
- serum total cholesterol >7.5mmol/L
- systolic BP of ≥ 180mmHg or diastolic BP of ≥ 110mmHg
- impaired glucose tolerance (by FPG, OGTT or HbA1c)
- polycystic ovary syndrome

- 45 years or more, or ≥ 35 years and of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and have an Absolute Risk score of ≥10% when referred by a GP clinic.

GPs - refer your patients Life!, to find out how click here

Allied Health Professionals - refer your patients to Life!, to find out how click here

If you would like more information about this group contact us on 1300 77 33 52.

Rural Access: Access and Inclusion for people with a Disability

The Community Building Program, or more commonly known simply as RuralAccess is delivered by Nexus across Lower Hume: Mitchell and Murrindindi Shire local government areas. The annual plan for RuralAccess is designed collaboratively with key stakeholders, with initiatives strategically aligned to the Victorian State Disability Plan 2013-2016 and the Community Building Program Objectives.

RuralAccess actively promotes and advocates for social and community change through strong, meaningful and strategic partnerships. This will enable people with a disability, their families and carers to fulfill their potential as equal citizens within the Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires.

All initiatives are developed using a Social Inclusion Approach, implemented and evaluated using the Community Building Cycle to ensure constant quality improvement and evolution based on community need. The fluid and cyclical nature of this process allows for initiatives to remain relevant and meaningful to the community.

Our RuralAccess initiatives address the following strategies:

Strategy 1: Work collaboratively with the communities across the Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires to enable the development of self-advocacy skills to ensure active participation in their health journey.

Strategy 2: Actively participate on Access and Inclusion Committees (or appropriate equivalent) with the Mitchell and Murrindindi Shire councils to inform future planning and direction to increase opportunities for people with a disability to participate in their community.

Strategy 3: Actively participate in the development and implementation of the Good Access = Good Business framework to enable local businesses and community settings to become sustainably inclusive for people with a disability.

Strategy 4: Engage young people in Primary and Secondary schools across the Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie Shires to develop the Don’t Park in the Blue Spot Campaign.

If you would like more information about the work we are doing contact our Rural Access Worker on 1300 77 33 52.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Sexual health prevention is a shared responsibility between all members of the community including parents, local health providers, schools and community groups. Nexus provides safe and inclusive education and resources to support the sexual health and wellbeing of all community members.