RESPOND is a community based systems response to improving the health and wellbeing of children across the Ovens Murray – Goulburn region. The project is supported by a $1.5 million National Health and Medical Research Fund (NHMRC) Project Partnership Grant and a further $2.6 million in partner contributions. Deakin University’s Global Obesity Centre is partnering with community leaders across the region to deliver the initiative.
Lower Hume PCP are supporting member agencies and the broader community to implement the RESPOND project across Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires. The initiative will work with each community to drive positive and practical changes from the ground up that assist in promoting healthy weight among children. This will include helping local people to identify their own community-specific actions which create healthier food environments and get local kids more active. It also works with organisations and community leaders to identify what changes can be driven at an organisational management and policy level.
RESPOND will build on similar successful prevention programs being run at a community level with support from the Global Obesity Centre in South West Victoria, and also at a school level in the ACT. These programs have produced positive improvements in health and wellbeing amongst children, including a reduction in obesity levels.
RESPOND is supported by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET), VicHealth, Goulburn Valley Primary Care Partnership, Central Hume Primary Care Partnership, Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership, Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership, and their member agencies.