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Thursday, 17 August 2017


Thursday, 17 August 2017


The Victorian Government has chosen to support the Loddon Campaspe Region’s aspiration for tackling obesity and other preventable health problems through a Victorian Government investment of $150,000.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP, announced the funding on behalf of the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford for the Healthy Heart for Victoria initiative in Bendigo today ahead of tonight’s Regional Assembly.

This project is a direct result of Government listening to the local community, through last year’s consultation led by the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership.

The initiative will help align regional and state wide efforts to tackle preventable health problems, in particular - obesity and mental health issues.

The Loddon Campaspe Region has an adult obesity rate of 23.4 per cent.  This is the highest rate of obesity across all Regional Partnership regions, and compares to a state average of 17.4 per cent.

With these statistics in mind, the regional Partnership identified the need to tackle poor health outcomes in the Loddon Campaspe region as one of its top priories.

The $150,000 grant will support a business case to accelerate and target existing efforts for more impact, including those identified in the six Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans.

Whilst there is already a lot of heavy lifting being done by Hospitals, Community Health providers, Councils, the Department of Health and Human Services and Primary Healthcare Partnerships it is hoped that this work will help coordinate activities.

Funding for the ‘Healthy Heart’ comes from the 2017-18 State Budget allocation of $29 million to support Regional Partnership priorities across Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Ms Edwards

“Government is listening to the needs of the Loddon Campaspe Region.  We are funding these priorities that were raised at the 2016 Assembly of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership.

“This grant will help local government authorities and communities to tackle poor health outcomes in the Loddon Campaspe region. While each council is making its own efforts to address this, the region can benefit from an overarching approach, for the benefit or individuals right across Loddon Campaspe communities.

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