The ‘Achievement Program’ is a Victorian Government initiative that aims to encourage healthier lifestyles and prevent lifestyle related diseases. It isn’t really a ‘program’ but think of it as a way of promoting better health for everyone. The Achievement Program provides a way for early childhood centres, schools and workplaces to promote good health.
Guided support is provided through a cycle of planning, action and review to address eight health priority areas:
- healthy eating and oral health
- physical activity
- mental health and wellbeing
- safe protection
- sexual health and wellbeing
- tobacco control
- alcohol and other drug use
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Why get involved?
Schools, early childhood services and workplaces firstly need to register in the Achievement Program. Then you the steps to be recognised for existing effort or work towards making your staff and organisation a healthier place.
The simplest reason to get involved is that people who are healthy learn and work better!
Becoming a healthy organisation doesn’t cost anything! Healthy children have improved concentration and a healthy workforce is more efficient.
Check out the Achievement Program website (link below) for further information and call us today for support to get started
Developing a systems thinking approach
There are some exciting changes taking place in prevention across Gippsland. These changes will take place over some time and it will affect the way agencies work together in the future.
Although increasingly used in public health, the term ‘systems thinking’ continues to be defined in a variety of ways.
It is sometimes used to describe health promotion strategies that are comprehensive, multi-level, multi-agency and involving multiple components.
It is sometimes used more like a checklist to ensure that all of elements needed to deliver comprehensive health promotion are in place — leadership, a workforce, partnerships, finance and information. This is the building blocks approach.
- It is sometimes used to refer not to the prevention system but to the social and political systems that shape population health. This recognises that communities and workplaces are systems, that there is a food production system, a tobacco marketing system and so on.
The resources below may help to consolidate your understanding of systems thinking.