Healthy Loddon Campaspe
What is Healthy Loddon Campaspe?
Healthy Loddon Campaspe (previously known as Healthy Heart of Victoria) is an initiative aimed at improving health outcomes in the Loddon Campaspe region – the heart of Victoria.
The initiative was developed in response to the region showing higher than Victorian average rates of obesity, chronic disease and high-risk health behaviours.
Healthy Loddon Campaspe (HLC) projects are designed to focus on those parts of the community that are the least supported to help encourage healthy eating and get more people, more active, more often.
There are six local Councils involved in the initiative – Campaspe Shire, Central Goldfields Shire, 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. They also believed that health is everyone’s business, not just health services and professionals.
To address these concerns, a series of design workshops were undertaken involving over 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.
Stage 2 of Healthy Loddon Campaspe
Following the positive impact of Stage 1 of the initiative on health outcomes in the Loddon Campaspe region, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Victorian State Government provided further funding for an additional four years as part of the 2022 State Budget.
The initiative will continue to work within the region by:
- Implementing place-based activations focusing on physical activity and healthy eating. Projects will continue to focus on those parts of the community that are the least supported to help encourage healthy eating and get more people, more active, more often.
- A workforce of localised Health Brokers in each Local Government Area focused on developing relationships to help build knowledge about health and wellbeing.
- Utilising and sharing the findings from the Healthy Loddon Campaspe Active Living Census to help ensure that investments, infrastructure, programs and services across the region are what is needed and where it’s needed.
Planning is currently underway for the implementation of Stage 2 of the Healthy Loddon Campaspe initiative, with new projects to be announced in early 2023.
Want to know more?
Read about the significant impact the initiative has made in the region so far.
View some case studies about Healthy Heart of Victoria projects and their impact in the region.
Components of Healthy Loddon Campaspe
Healthy Loddon Campaspe is implementing place-based activations focusing on physical activity and healthy eating. Projects will continue to focus on those parts of the community that are the least supported to help encourage healthy eating and get more people, more active, more often.
Examples of HLC activations in Greater Bendigo include:
- StoryWalks project with Goldfields Libraries in Long Gully and Heathcote
- Oval Lighting project in Heathcote and North Bendigo
- Healthy Sports Clubs project with Heathcote Football Netball Club, Heathcote Bowls Club, Heathcote Tennis Club, Kangaroo Flat Football Netball Club, North Bendigo Football Netball Club and California Gully Cricket Club. This project included the development of educational videos and a Healthy Eating Tips and Hints booklet
- Jamie’s Ministry of Food pilot project with Heathcote Community House and Bendigo Community Health Services
- Trail signage in Long Gully
- Tai Chi classes at Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre
- Healthy Meal Makers at Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre
- Café for a Day project with Bendigo Foodshare
A workforce of localised Health Brokers work within the six Loddon Campaspe Local Government Areas to help build knowledge about health and wellbeing.
The Health Broker’s role is to make health everyone’s business – developing relationships between Council, local organisations and community groups to help build knowledge and influence decision making with respect to health and wellbeing.
All households in the Loddon Campaspe region were invited to take part in the Active Living Census (ALC) in May-June 2019. Almost 25,000 responses were received.
The results from the ALC provide important information about people’s health and wellbeing. It also includes information about barriers to healthy eating and active lifestyles.
The ALC findings provide evidence at a local level, and enable reliable comparisons with other data, as well as across townships and demographic groups such as age and gender.
No other region in Australia has this type of data at this level of detail. The data supports planning for health and recreation services and a better understanding of people’s activity levels and preferences. It also gives us valuable information on what would help people meet national guidelines for healthy eating and active living.
We encourage any interested members of the community to view and utilise the data for their needs.
Key findings from the 2019 Active Living Census for Greater Bendigo include:
- Walking is the most popular physical activity for adults
- 2 in every 3 adults in Greater Bendigo are overweight or obese
- 1 in 10 households in Greater Bendigo do not have enough to eat. In some areas this increases to 1 in 5 households
- 1 in 8 adults meet the daily vegetable consumption guidelines
- Greater Bendigo residents consume more sugary drinks than residents in the Loddon Campaspe Region and Victoria
- 5.5% of Greater Bendigo residents gamble weekly
- Females consume nearly three times more vegetables than males
- Residents in Maiden Gully, Strathfieldsaye and the Rural East reported higher levels of life satisfaction than Greater Bendigo residents
The 2019 Active Living Census reports for Greater Bendigo can be found here:
Findings for the entire Loddon Campaspe region can be found at the Regional Development Victoria website
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