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Health Promotion

Email: health.promotion@nhw.org.au
Green Street, Wangaratta, VIC 3677

What is Health Promotion?

Health promotion enables people to increase control over their own health. It covers a wide range of social and environmental interventions that are designed to benefit and protect individual people’s health and quality of life by addressing and preventing the root causes of ill health, not just focusing on treatment and cure. World Health Organization

What we do

We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our community by promoting good health and preventing poor health before it occurs.

Our health promotion team work closely with other key partners and organisations across our region including Gateway Health, Alpine Health, Benalla Health, Mansfield District Hospital, Central Hume Primary Care Partnership (CHPCP) and the Rural City of Wangaratta. Our aim is to identify opportunities in the community and create supportive environments for communities to increase healthy behaviour choices.

We are a key contributor to the Integrated Health Promotion Prevention plan developed by the Central Hume Primary Care Partnership.

Northeast Health is also involved in the Local Health and Wellbeing partnership with Rural City of Wangaratta, which supports the development and implementation of the Health and Wellbeing plan 2017 – 2021

Some of our current and ongoing projects include;

Smiles 4 Miles is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) which aims to improve the oral health of children and their families. Tooth decay is Australia’s most common health problem. Smiles 4 Miles assists early childhood services to encourage and promote good oral health habits and healthy eating among children in their care. 

Dental Health Services Victoria

NHW Dental Service supports the implementation of this program in 21 services across Wangaratta, Benalla, Beechworth and Mansfield. The three key messages of the program are Eat Well, Drink Well and Clean Well. As part of this program, the NHW Dental clinic provides free screenings to all children at participating services.

Three circles containing the words Eat Well, Drink Well and Clean Well

Schools can make a big difference when it comes to creating a healthy eating environment. When children and young people eat well they learn better, are more alert and are more likely to grow and develop to their full potential. By providing foods and drinks that support health and wellbeing for primary and secondary school students, you can help them establish healthy eating habits throughout some of the most influential years of their life. 

Healthy Eating Advisory Service

Our Health promotion team work closely with local schools to implement the healthy choices guidelines in their settings. This involves working with staff and assisting with menu development, menu assessments using FoodChecker, policy reviews/development plus marketing and promotion. The healthy choices guidelines use the traffic light system to identify and promote healthy choices. Green for everyday food, amber for choose carefully and red for occasionally.

Click to download NHW Smoke Free policyNortheast Health is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment that is free of tobacco-related risks. As part of our commitment to a smokefree health service, we have implemented a tobacco-free policy. This means that smoking is not permitted on any NHW campus at any time, including all buildings and grounds/outdoor areas

Visit the Smokefree NHW page for more details.

Gateway Health Breastfeeding app logoPregnancy is an ideal time to promote and support healthy lifestyles changes. Improving healthy habits gives the baby the best start to life. We work with NHW Antenatal clinic, Midwifery Group Practice and Lactation clinic to develop a number of antenatal resources. These include the Models of CarePregnancy Journey Map and Breastfeeding Journey Map.

We have also developed a Breastfeeding app, which can be downloaded at the App Store or Google Play store by searching for 'Breastfeeding Gateway'.

As the largest employer in Wangaratta, and as a health service, we have a duty of care to lead the way in improving the health of our staff and our community. Our onsite café is one of the areas our community members access, so it makes sense to ensure that what we offer promotes our commitment to improving the health and understanding of healthier food choices.

healthy food choices in the NHW cafe
Serving up some healthy choices in the NHW cafe

In 2015 we underwent a menu assessment looking at all food made and sold in the onsite café. We then looked at ways we could change the menu and increase the healthy options available for purchase. This was a huge undertaking but we were able to meet the Healthy Choices guidelines set by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service and provide our staff and the community healthier options.  Within a year, the onsite café exceeded the recommendations of the Healthy Choices guidelines, with 55% of the foods and drinks on offer classified GREEN and only 17% are RED. For more information read the case study HEAS Case Study - Northeast Health Wangaratta

Following the success of this, we received funding to support other health services in our region to assess their menus and implement healthy choices. Read the case study for this project Northeast Health Wangaratta SSB

Useful Links

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation

Better Health Channel – Victorian Government health and medical information

Kitchen Garden Foundation – Promotes healthy food education in primary schools

LiveLighter – A program which aims to encourage adults to lead healthier lifestyles

Healthy Eating Advisory Service – Supports organisations to promote healthier food and drink choices

FoodChecker – Check your foods and drinks against Victorian guidelines

Eat For Health – Advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing

Achievement Program – Supports Victorians to create healthy places for working, learning and living.

Quit Victoria – Quit smoking website