Health Promotion

Health Promotion workers are located in Skipton but work across the health service and the region from Derrinallum and Lismore in the South, to Lexton and Amphitheatre in the North, and stretches to include Streatham, Linton, and Snake Valley; and covers portions of the Pyrenees, Corangamite and Golden Plains Shires.

What is Health Promotion?

Our Health Promotion Staff want you to be healthy, and to stay well, and for you to do the things you want to do every day.  For example, to be active, eat nutritious food, be social and have hobbies.  And, we will work to make sure you have access to medical services and that where you live, work and play is good for you.

Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighbourhoods, and communities. We know that taking care of ourselves by eating well and staying active, not smoking, getting the recommended immunisations and screening tests, and seeing a doctor when we are sick all influence our health.

Our health is also affected in part by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our home, neighbourhoods, and communities; our schooling; the safety of our workplaces, the cleanliness of our water, food and air and the nature our social interactions and relationships.

These things more broadly are called "social determinants of health" and include:

  • Availability of resources to meet daily needs (e.g. safe housing and local food markets)
  • Access to education, economic and job opportunities
  • Access to health care services
  • Quality of education and job training
  • Availability of community-based resources
  • Opportunities for recreational and leisure time activities
  • Transport options
  • Public safety
  • Social support
  • Social norms and attitudes (e.g. discrimination, racism, and distrust of government)
  • Exposure to crime, violence and social disorder
  • Socioeconomic conditions (e.g. poverty)
  • Barriers around language
  • Access to mass media and emerging technologies (mobile phone, the internet and social media)

Health promotion work is varied and sometimes complex but ultimately seeks to highlight that health is everyone's business. We work to increase understanding and improve people's health by working across a number of areas and with a number of different people from different disciplines and fields, for example with: education, childcare, housing, business, law, media, community planning, transport and agriculture.

Health issues for the local area are identified from Victorian and local government data and this information helps us to prioritise the work that we do and supports the partnership work we undertake with other health services across the region.