HEALTH PROMOTION & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Castlemaine ShowTai chi in the parkRural Women's Morning Tea


WHAT IS HEALTH PROMOTION?

Health promotion is a process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants and thereby improve their health. This definition is based on the World Health Organisation Bangkok Charter (2005)

Health promotion not only embraces actions directed at strengthening the skills and capabilities of individuals but also includes changing social, environmental, political and economic conditions to reduce their impact on communities and individual health.

 


HEALTH PROMOTION at Castlemaine District Community Health

Castlemaine District Community Health is committed to promoting physical activity, healthy eating and oral health in the Mount Alexander Shire.

Castlemaine District Community Health maintains and promotes a range of physical activity and healthy eating groups and programs. These include Tai Chi, Heartmoves, Strength Training, Community Gym, Walking groups, Make a Change, and Making a Move. Partnerships with local agencies and stakeholders have assisted with the expansion of sustainable and affordable programs in townships throughout the district. The need for further expansion is explored through regular Come & Try activities.

Castlemaine District Community Health is also committed to developing healthier environments for children and youth. We actively encourage health promoting early learning centres, primary and secondary schools throughout the Shire.

Castlemaine District Community Health is committed to minimising the spread of blood borne viruses, such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C , among injecting drug users and to the wider community.

Castlemaine District Community Health encourages the use of sterile equipment by injecting drug users through providing and promoting a Needle Syringe Program . The Needle Syringe Program aims to reduce the spread of blood borne viruses and other harms associated with injecting drug use. Information, education and referral are part of this program.

Castlemaine District Community Health has a strong partnership with the Maldon Hospital , and jointly runs a number of health promotion programs, including the Maldon Walking Group .

 

SUPPPORTING LGBTIQ+ POEPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY

Are you passionate about social justice and want to know more about inclusivity? Do you want to better understand the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people?

Castlemaine District Community Health (CDCH) has received a two year government grant to improve the wellbeing of people in the LGBTIQ+ community. To kick off this project, we held community workshops in September 2018 to give everyone in Mount Alexander the chance to find out more about LGBTIQ+ issues and about how they can support their LGBTIQ+ friends.

For current workshops, see the CDCH Notice Board on the Home page.

More broadly, the propose of this grant is to strengthen and build the capacity of the LGBTIQ+ sector, with the overarching aim to improve the health and well-being of people in the LGBTIQ+ community in Mount Alexander Shire. Specifically it will:

More information can be found here;

LGBTI+ Grant Frequently Asked Questions

 

Health Promotion Newsletter

Click here to download the current issue of our Health Promotion Newsletter.

If you would like to receive the newsletter by email, please provide your email address to Liza Shaw: email@cdch.com.au

 

 

 

MOUNT ALEXANDER COMMUNITY CHILDREN'S NETWORK (MACCN)

Mount Alexander Community Children's Network (MACCN) is a community based network auspiced by Castlemaine District Community Health. MACCN has a key role in addressing social connectivity of children and families, and has to date:

Click here for more information on MACCN

The MACCN website: www.maccn.org.au

Other initiatives supporting social connectedness include: