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Goulburn Play & Health Forum: Enlivening Regional Cities

The last twenty years have seen the worldwide adoption of place-making and people-centred renewal approaches as the many positive links between vibrant places and the health, wellbeing and prosperity of communities become clear.  We partnered with the Play, Creativity & Culture Project at the University of Canberra and Southern Tablelands Arts to host the Goulburn Play & Health Forum on 10 July 2019.

We presented an exciting line up of speakers whose pioneering work in regional place-making, creativity, the arts and health inspired attendees to think differently about the many possibilities for enlivening and enriching regional environments.  Download the forum program or take a look at the presentations from the forum:

  1. Welcome to the Forum & Play in the Regions (Dr Cathy Hope - University of Canberra)
  2. Liveability in Regional Australia (Dr Kylie Bourne - Regional Australia Institute)
  3. Engaging Youth in the Regions (Kane Sparks - Swan Hill Rural City Council)
  4. The Healthy Towns Initiative: Healthy Placemaking With Community (Sarah Robin & Carolyn Ardler - North Coast Primary Health Network)
  5. Collaboration: Bringing Services Together to Create Communities (Deb Muddiman - Mission Australia)
  6. Making It Happen (Susan Conroy - Southern Tablelands Arts)

NSW Healthy Town Challenge

The NSW Healthy Town Challenge is a joint initiative of NSW Health and the Heart Foundation to highlight the important role local communities can play in helping residents eat well, move more and sit less.

2014-15 Cooma Get Healthy

Southern NSW Local Health District was successful in the bid for Cooma to be one of the five rural towns to compete in the first NSW Healthy Town Challenge, along with Bomaderry, Yamba, Wellington and the twin towns of Tottenham and Tullamore.

Over an eight-month period, Cooma Get Healthy utilised personal skills development and policy initiatives to influence and support new health behaviours.  Participant interaction with the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service® also offered sound support in changing the health behaviours of Cooma residents.

You can read the Cooma Get Healthy project report, or view the poster on using Facebook Groups to support Cooma Get Healthy, presented at the 2015 PHAA National Primary Health Care Conference in Canberra.

Southern NSW Local Health District would like to extend our appreciation to our partners: Monaro Committee for Cancer Research (MCCR), Cooma Monaro Shire Council, Southern NSW Medicare Local, South East Resource Recovery Group (SERRG), the Cooma Lions Club, Cooma Community Garden, and the Cancer Council NSW Southern Region.

2016 Euro Enduro

Eurobodalla from Southern NSW Local Health District won the second NSW Healthy Town Challenge, edging out fellow competitors Coolamon, Warren, Sanctuary Point and Cowra. To secure its win, Eurobodalla’s residents lost a combined total of more than 100kg in excess weight using the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service®.

Facilitated by Eurobodalla Shire Council, the Euro Enduro used existing resources within the community such as local businesses and schools to encourage healthier lifestyle choices, and local radio helped motivate with reminders of their goals in the Challenge. The council also installed three water stations to encourage people to drink water and have committed to installing eight more over the next three years.


For more information

To find out more about how we help keep our community healthy, contact the Health Promotion team at Southern NSW Local Health District.

Last updated: 16 July 2019
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