What is it?
Healthy Heart of Victoria aims to improve the health of people in the Loddon Campaspe region – the ‘heart’ of Victoria.
The initiative was developed in response to the higher than Victorian average rates of obesity, chronic disease and high-risk health behaviours currently seen within the region.
Healthy Heart of Victoria projects are designed to focus on those parts of the community that are the least active and least supported. The initiative aims to get more people, more active, more often.
Campaspe Shire is one of six local councils involved in this initiative. The other councils involved are Central Goldfields, City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire and Mount Alexander Shire.
In 2016 the community told the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership that it was concerned about health statistics and outcomes in the region. The community also believed that health was everyone’s business, not just health services and professionals.
To address these concerns, a series of design workshops were undertaken involving more than 100 stakeholders from local government, health services, primary care partnerships, universities and state government departments to develop the Healthy Heart of Victoria Implementation Framework.
Subsequently, in 2018 the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative was funded $5M.
There are three main components to the initiative:
The Active Living Census
A survey was conducted in 2019, inviting all households across the shire to participate. The survey information will help with future planning for health and recreation services and allow better understanding of people’s activity levels and preferences.
Thank you to the residents who completed the survey. Almost 3,500 responses were received from across our shire, with a number of local residents receiving supermarket voucher prizes for participating in the survey.
Local results will be published by mid 2020.
Infrastructure and activation that gets more people, more active, more often
This component of the initiative focuses on improvements to infrastructure, facilities and/or programs across the region to enable community members to increase their activity levels.
The Healthy Heart of Victoria infrastructure and activation projects in our shire include upgrades at Crossenvale Park in Echuca including improvements to access paths, seating, drinking fountains, shade and play equipment. A number of local activities are also planned for the area.
Health Broker workforce
A workforce of ‘Health Brokers’ has been appointed to work across the six Loddon Campaspe Councils.
The Health Broker’s role is to develop relationships between council, local organisations and community groups to help build knowledge and influence decision making with respect to health and wellbeing.
For more information about this project, please contact the Recreation Services team.