Health Promotion

The Health Promotion Unit develops, implements and evaluates a variety of activities and programs empowering people to increase control over their health. The work of the unit is guided by an annually agreed plan based on population health improvement priorities.

Activities and programs include:

Smiles 4 Miles
Smiles 4 Miles is an oral health promotion program run in early childhood centres across Victoria. The program promotes three key messages for improved oral health:

  1. Drink well– Drink tap water or plain milk and avoid sugary drinks like cordials, juices and soft drinks
  2. Eat well– Eat a variety of nutritious foods each day and limit sugary foods, particularly between meals
  3. Clean well– Brush teeth twice daily, adults should help children until at least the age of 7.

For more information about Smiles 4 Miles, click here.

Act-Belong-Commit is a community-based health promotion campaign that encourages people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

The three simple messages provide people with actions they can take to ensure they keep mentally healthy:

  • ACT: Keep mentally, physically and socially active: take a walk, say g’day, read a book, do a crossword, dance, play cards, stop for a chat…
  • BELONG: Join a book club, take a cooking class, be more involved in groups you are already a member of, go along to community events…
  • COMMIT: Take up a cause, help a neighbour, learn something new, take on a challenge, volunteer…

For more information about Act-Belong-Commit, click here.

Cultural Diversity Celebrations
The Health Promotion Unit works with GV Health staff and other community organisations to celebrate the diversity within our community. Some of the events we celebrate are:

  • A Taste of Harmony
  • Cultural Diversity Week
  • Harmony Day
  • Refugee Week
  • and many more

For more information, click below:

Health Literacy Programs
The Health Promotion Unit coordinates a range of activities to build health literacy so that people are better able to understand and act on health information and use the services available to them.

For more information, click here

Hospital Tours for refugees and migrants
The Hospital Tour program introduces newly arrived refugees and migrants as well as established migrant communities, and their case workers, to the Australian health care system and GV Health.

The tours include visits to Pharmacy, Emergency, Pathology, Medical Imaging, Dental and the Sanctuary to discuss important health and service information.

My Health in Shepparton
My Health in Shepparton is a local guide to health services. It aims to provide easy to understand information about the Australian health care system and local health services.

While it is specifically developed for refugees and migrants arriving and settling in Shepparton, My Health in Shepparton can be used for the wider community for gaining greater understanding of the Australian health care system and local services.

It covers a range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Shepparton Medical Centres
  • Emergency Department
  • Medications
  • Interpreters
  • General Practitioners (GP’s)
  • Wellbeing and emotional support
  • Disability support

For more information please visit the My Health in Shepparton page.

Ph: 1800 222 582