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Capacity building for NGOs to support people to make healthy choices and take an active role in maintaining good health and wellbeing. Background/context. Community engagement process – Taking the Pulse – to better understand factors that affect health and wellbeing

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Background context

Capacity building for NGOs to support people to make healthy choices and take an active role in maintaining good health and wellbeing


Background context

Background/context

  • Community engagement process – Taking the Pulse – to better understand factors that affect health and wellbeing

  • Gold Coast Health and Wellbeing Plan – a shared vision for improved health and wellbeing across the Gold Coast

  • Establishment of Health Promotion steering group

  • Scoping paper on evidence base for overweight/obesity prevention and local resources developed


Health promotion steering group

Health Promotion steering group

  • Health Promotion steering group consists of local key stakeholders who have a strong focus on improving health and wellbeing of those most disadvantaged in our community

  • Scoping paper and initial concepts of key priorities presented to Health Promotion steering group for development and wider discussion

  • Several partner organisations on steering group identified as relevant for pilot initiatives


Scoping paper identified

Scoping paper identified

  • Many scientifically supported activities are being provided at local, state or national level

  • Utilising existing opportunities and partnerships

  • A range of approaches are required:-

  • - Community-based interventions

  • - Settings-based approaches

  • - Practitioner level

  • Three key priorities identified and endorsed in the scoping paper were translated into project plans


Key priorities

Key Priorities

  • Capacity building – of social/community service staff (who have direct and frequent contact with socially disadvantaged people) to successfully make referrals to appropriate programs and services by:

    • increase staff confidence through skill development in motivational interviewing to discuss physical activity and healthy eating;

    • Create supportive social environments that promote discussion of health and wellbeing

    • increase staff (particularly community service providers) knowledge of chronic disease behavioural risk factors


Key priorities1

Key Priorities

  • Capacity building – at the organisational level to support staff in making healthy choices and ‘walking the talk’ by:

    • Working with management to identify opportunities in the workplace for healthy options/alternatives

    • Linking the workplace in with national, state and local initiatives

    • Offering GCML supported initiatives (such as Eat It training and Walking Groups) as a starting place


Key priorities2

Key Priorities

  • A coordinated walking strategy to increase accessibility to walking programs, prioritising areas or localities of needby:-

    • using existing mechanisms and relationships to effectively engage socially disadvantaged people, establishing walking groups through local health or community service providers

    • providing information and support to maximise opportunity for behaviour change, including building capacity of organisations to host walking groups; identifying and promoting walking routes; marketing strategies; data collection (qualitative and quantitative) to understand factors influencing sustainability of walking groups


Implementation of initiative

Implementation of initiative

  • Working with Griffith and Bond Universities to develop an evaluation framework and implement evaluation for individual priority areas

  • Brief motivational interviewing training for 80 participants throughout May

  • Model for walking groups being developed in partnership with key stakeholders

  • Organisational capacity building in development and to commence from July


Partnerships involved in pilot

Partnerships involved in pilot

  • Kalwun

  • Blair Athol

  • Uniting Care Communities

  • Act for Kids

  • Wesley Mission Gold Coast

  • Job Centre Australia


Thank you

Thank you!


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