Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) has been granted funding under the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Empowering our Communities initiative to facilitate community-led projects to support mental health, social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention initiatives for people living in drought affected areas.

Gippsland PHN’s One Good Community is inspired by the One Good Street: Connected Communities Reducing Hospitalisation’s project. This initiative created a platform for people to come together and through coordinated activities help reduce isolation and improve social connectedness, particularly for older citizens in their neighbourhoods.

One Good Community Principles

A strength-based approach:
Fostering the strengths within communities by mobilising the skills, passion and experiences of individuals, families and organisations.

Build capacity for social and civil participation:
Connecting communities by providing support during hardship and helping to increase their skills and resilience.

Community driven:
The community will take an active role in enhancing social cohesion and connectedness.

Building Partnerships:
Forming effective partnerships with key stakeholders providing diverse contributions, resources and ideas to work together in an innovative way.

Planning for sustainability:
A focus on long-term sustainable improvements – helping communities manage through hardship now and in the future.

One Good Community Initiatives

Gippsland PHN is seeking applications from enthusiastic and inspired organisations, community groups and/or individuals to undertake activities that improve social connectedness, improve access to help and assistance and decrease isolation and loneliness.

Gippsland PHN will support highly motivated people who are committed to work with other people to address the impact that natural disasters have on people’s mental health and wellbeing and work to build community resilience. This includes supporting people affected by the drought in Gippsland such as farmers, their families and their communities.

Grants of up to $30,000 are available.

Find out more about the Community Wellbeing Grants Program