Kelly Edwards holds a Bachelor of Commerce, MJ Human Resources & Management, Diploma in Sustainability and Diploma in Event Management. Kelly was also an Alumni for the Leadership Great South Coast Program.
Craig has come to Portland District Health from Portland Secondary College where he specialised in physical education and psychology. Craig is passionate about health and well-being, working with youth and supporting men’s health.
Portland District Health’s Health Promotion Team are partly based at Active Health Portland.
Lindy, Kelly and Craig, along with other members of the Active Health Portland team and Portland District Health’s team, are working on enabling people to increase control over, and to improve their health. They have taken a multi-faceted approach to Health and Wellbeing for Portland District Health staff and the Portland community.
Some of the projects the team are working on are as follows:
The ‘Healthy Together’ Victoria’s Achievement Program – both within Portland District Health and in some Portland Schools.
Highlights of this program have been:
- achieving stage 1 recognition in the Healthy Together Achievement Program,
- creating a new Employee Wellbeing Policy, Including Health and Wellbeing in New staff Orientation Program and
- identifying and promoting healthier options on the Portland District Health Kiosk menu.
S.E.A. Change Portland – Sustainable Eating and Activity change
The Team is working with Southern Grampians & Glenelg Primary Care Partnership, Glenelg Shire Council and Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Service as well as the whole community of Portland on this new approach aimed at changing the environment which has made it easy to be overweight and obese.
Highlights so far have been:
- Portland has been selected as the trial location for a new approach to obesity reduction by the World Health Organisation
- Community workshops involving local schools, businesses, kindergartens, clubs and community organisations as well as Council and State government departments to develop actions we can do to make our community a healthier place.
- Working with local cafes to identify and offer healthier options on their menus
- Celebrating everyday local people who are doing great things around healthy eating and physical activity through radio, social and print media.
- Encouraging event organisers to offer free water at community events
- Helping Portland Neighbourhood House to access funding and start a healthy cooking program (Community Kitchen)
They have also developed “The Healthier Choice Tool” which is a simplified label reading tool that can easily fit into a purse or wallet so you can use it while you are shopping. This tool will help you to compare similar products by using the 100g column on the nutrition information panel to choose a better alternative. If you would like tailored advice about products and your own health then you should contact your local dietitian. If you would like a more detailed label reading guide you can visit the how to understand labels at the eatforhelth.gov.au website.
The tool can be found here.
Developing a healthier environment for Youth
The aim is to develop a community culture of responsible drinking and preventing alcohol-related harm among young people. The Team are working with other key organisations in the community to form the Glenelg Alcohol Health Promotion Planning Committee.
Highlights are as follows:
- Student surveys about health and wellbeing issues including alcohol and other drugs
- Using social media and communication to increase community awareness strategies to prevent alcohol related harm
The Health Promotion Team continues to implement new projects into the community and regular updates can be found in the Portland Observer, by listening to Community radio 3RPC on Mondays at 1.00pm and via the S.E.A. Change webpage and Facebook page