Healthy Heart of Victoria
What is Healthy Heart of Victoria?
Healthy Heart of Victoria (HHV) is an initiative aimed at improving 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.
Loddon Shire is one of six local Councils involved in the initiative. The other Councils involved are Campaspe Shire, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, 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.
There are three main components to the initiative:
The Active Living Census
A survey conducted to help with planning for health and recreation services and allow better understanding of people’s activity levels and preferences.
First conducted within the City of Greater Bendigo in 2014, the Active Living Census (ALC) was carried out across all households in the Loddon Campaspe region in 2019.
Thank you to the residents who completed the survey. Over 800 responses were received from across Loddon Shire, with one local resident receiving a prize for completing the ALC.
Local results will be published in early 2020.
Infrastructure and activation that gets more people, more active, more often
Improvements to infrastructure, facilities and/or programs across the region to enable more community members to increase their activity levels.
The Healthy Heart of Victoria infrastructure and activation projects in Loddon Shire include the installation of outdoor fitness equipment in Boort and Wedderburn, shade and water fountains.
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.