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Victoria’s best health promotion projects honoured

Victoria’s best health promotion projects honoured
December 4, 2015

Victoria’s champions of health and wellness promotion have been recognised for their hard work in creating and supporting healthier and happier communities at VicHealth’s annual awards night.

Winners of the 2015 VicHealth Awards were announced at a ceremony at the National Gallery of Victoria on the evening of 1st December. They included an initiative to celebrate diversity in sport, a project that works with children to build empathy and awareness of race-based discrimination, a program to reduce the harm from problem gambling in Chinese-speaking communities in Melbourne and an initiative that worked with superannuation funds resulting in the divestment of tobacco stocks worth a total of $1.5 billion.

VicHealth Chief Executive Jerril Rechter said the VicHealth Awards showcase the diversity, quality and impact of health promotion programs, empowering communities to take control of their health, preventing chronic disease and keeping Victorians healthy.

Rechter stated “the standard of entries was very high and the quality of finalists was outstanding.

“There are so many organisations with such dedication to preventing chronic disease. The results from all the nominations in this year’s awards highlight how health promotion activities are returning great results in improving the health and wellbeing of Victorians.”

“Congratulations to all the inspiring winners and finalists for their hard work, which helps us all to see what’s possible in making our lives healthier.”

2015 VicHealth Award winners:

Encouraging physical activity 
The Active Maribyrnong Spring Into Summer Series - Maribyrnong City Council 

The Spring Into Summer Series program was designed and implemented to be a catalyst to help improve the health and wellbeing of local residents through a series of free physical activity programs. Residents could take part in their choice of twelve health and wellbeing programs including yoga, tai chi and Pilates. 

Preventing tobacco use
Tobacco Free Portfolios - Dr Bronwyn King 

Tobacco Free Portfolios aims to reduce and eliminate tobacco investment from the Australian finance industry. The initiative has led to the divestment of tobacco stocks worth $1.5 billion.

Preventing harm from alcohol
A Digital Alcohol and Drug Tool for Young People - Youth Support and Advocacy Service 

This project helps young people consider their position in relation to their alcohol and drug related needs. It encourages young people to seek help where necessary and offers support in a youth-friendly manner. 

Improving mental wellbeing 
Sisters and Brothers - cohealth Arts Generator 

The project works with children aged between eight and 12 years to build empathy towards those who experience discrimination through an innovative music program. The program also raises awareness about race-based discrimination and the harm it causes. 

Communications in health promotion 
Chasing the Luck? - Inner East Primary Care Partnership with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation 

This project aims to reduce the harm from problem gambling in Chinese-speaking communities in Melbourne’s inner-east. Activities include the development of an extensive media campaign in traditional and social media spaces, a website and an online competition. 

Building health through sport 
The Pride Cup - Yarra Glen Football Netball Club, Yarra Valley Mountain District Football Netball League, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Headspace, beyondblue, Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, Eastern Health, AFL, Netball Victoria and the Warburton Millgrove Football Netball Club 

The Pride cup is a locally born initiative to celebrate diversity in sport but has since been promoted throughout Victoria and to the LGBTI community. 

Building health through arts 
Tanderrum - Ilbijerri Theatre Company with the Melbourne Festival

The five nations of the Eastern Kulin came together to open the 2014 Melbourne Festival. Through a festival of song, dance, trading and cultural exchange, performed by local and international artists, Tanderrum increased community connections through the reclamation of cultural tradition. 

Promoting healthy eating 
The Good Foundation and Jamie’s Ministry of Food - The Good Foundation and Ministry of Food 

Jamie’s Ministry of Food is a community cooking program that aims to improve eating habits by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and reducing the amount of processed and takeaway foods eaten. The program gives participants the skills to cook their own healthy food options through practical and hands on cooking classes. 

Research into action
National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey - The Social Research Centre with Social Sense Marketing, The University of Melbourne and VicHealth

The NCAS aims to measure community knowledge of and attitudes towards violence against women in order to identify areas that need attention in future. The surveys also track changes in attitudes over time.

Outstanding journalism on health promotion issues
Miki Perkins - The Age 

Perkins’ coverage of violence against women has significantly focused on the need for attitude change and the link between violence against women and gender inequality. Her stories are compelling, told respectfully and show a strong knowledge of the subject matter.

The Nigel Gray award for Excellence in Health Promotion 
Mental As… - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

This award is in honour of Nigel Gray who was one of the true visionaries and leaders in health promotion in Australia. The award recognises an outstanding project or initiative that has a profound and positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

The ABC’s Mental As began as a weeklong national campaign in 2014 and was an extraordinary, ground-breaking initiative, involving all the ABC’s channels, aimed at bringing mental health into the mainstream to help kick-start a national conversation about mental health across the wider community. It raised more than $1 million for mental health research, which directly benefited 13 research programs and funded Australia’s next generation of emerging researchers. 

In its first year, Mental As was supported by a number of high profile Australians including actress Deborah Mailman, Network Ten presenter Jessica Rowe, designer Alex Perry, advertising guru Todd Sampson, musician Missy Higgins, actor Shane Jacobsen and ABC presenters Jeremy Fernandez and Emma Alberici. The ambassadors helped to raise awareness of the initiative and stimulate conversations about mental health and wellbeing. 

In 2014, Mental As was conducted during Australia’s National Mental Health Week from 5th to 12th October and across World Mental Health Day on 10th October. It was the biggest ever cross-platform programming event conducted by the ABC. Mental As ran again this year demonstrating the ABC’s commitment to tackling mental illness.

Images (from top): The Active Maribyrnong Spring Into Summer Series, the Pride Cup and the Ilbijerri Theatre Company.







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