Committee for Geelong (CfG)
today partnered with VicHealth, and the Victorian Regional
Community Leadership Program Secretariat (VRCLP), to contribute to
a forum on Geelong's health issues.
Current participants of the
Leaders for Geelong program and members of CfG's Leadership Program
Alumni were specifically invited to identify and discuss the health
issues and challenges they have experienced in the
Insights gained from the forum
will also help the CfG further its work to develop a second-tier
city policy for Geelong.
"The issue of health and
wellbeing complements the CfG's advocacy to establish a second-tier
city policy for Geelong as a pilot for the rest of Australia," CfG
CEO Rebecca Casson said,
"At a local level, a second-tier
city policy will assist with the development of a shared vision for
Geelong. This will unify local stakeholders and set out how
industry, residents, social enterprises and all levels of
government should work together to maximise social, cultural and
economic potential. This includes the health and wellbeing of our
CfG welcomes the Geelong
Advertiser's Fair Go for Geelong campaign as an important step
towards a second-tier city policy revolution.
"Given the changes in our city,
Geelong - and other second-tier cities such as Cairns, Gold Coast,
Newcastle and Wollongong - should be treated differently to the way
they are now. In this context, the CfG fully supports the
Geelong Advertiser's Fair Go for Geelong campaign," Ms Casson
The forum held at the Mercure
was one of a series VicHealth is hosting across regional Victoria.
Advice received from the Geelong event will also contribute towards
the upcoming refresh of VicHealth's Action Agenda for Health
Promotion, which is its roadmap for VicHealth's work to
"The feedback and ideas we've
received will help VicHealth develop broader strategies around
promoting healthy eating, encouraging regular physical activity,
preventing smoking, preventing harm from alcohol and improving
mental wellbeing," VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said.
VRCLP CEO Katrina Baddeley said
their ongoing mission is to develop leaders capable of tackling
regional Victoria's biggest challenges.
"We're committed to making
regional communities across Victoria vibrant and sustainable into
the future. In partnership with VicHealth, we're working on these
forums with current and future community leaders with a varied
range of life experiences. They are truly representative of our
rural and regional population," Ms Baddeley said.