Overview

Following the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, Latrobe City was designated as a Health Innovation Zone by the Government of Victoria in 2016 to improve health outcomes in this region. The Latrobe Health Assembly and Latrobe Health Advocate were established to promote and support innovative co-designed health and wellbeing models and programs.

Federation University is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the community to develop the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Charter. The Charter will help the community define what they want the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone to be and what it should do.

Deloitte is working with the Latrobe Valley community, to develop an Evaluation Framework for the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone, the Latrobe Health Assembly and the Latrobe Health Advocate.

Community input is essential to making this a community-driven process.

To-date, many people have shared their views for the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Charter and Evaluation Framework at community workshops in Churchill, Moe, Morwell and Traralgon and through an online survey.

We now have a draft of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Charter and Evaluation Framework:

The following questions are based on the Draft Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Charter and Draft Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Evaluation Framework - Executive Summary.

You are welcome to comment on any aspect of the Draft Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Evaluation Framework - Full Report at the end of this survey or by contacting the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone team via latrobehealthzone@dhhs.vic.gov.au or on 03 5177 2690.


What do you think of the Charter?

The charter is described as:

A statement of the values and guiding principles that the people of Latrobe have identified as important to their health and wellbeing.

The Charter gives voice to community aspirations and guides stakeholders in planning and delivering better health and wellbeing outcomes. It uses a process of co-design that actively engages with individuals and organisations.

The Charter supports the roles of the Latrobe Health Assembly and the Latrobe Health Advocate to enable community-led solutions and approaches for improving health and wellbeing in Latrobe communities.

To what extent do you agree with the description of what the Charter is?

The Charter provides the following description of who it is for:

The Charter is for people who live, work and study in Latrobe, and the service providers, governments, organisations and health stakeholders who work with them to help achieve their health and wellbeing goals.

To what extent do you agree with the description of who the Charter is for?

The draft Charter describes the following Values:

The communities, organisations and governments who endorse the Charter support the health and wellbeing values of Latrobe communities by:

  1. Reflecting community views of health and wellbeing in their health promotion actions;
  2. Embracing holistic and inclusive community views to take action to improve health and wellbeing;
  3. Developing and resourcing new approaches, and finding new solutions to the health challenges facing individuals and communities in Latrobe; and,
  4. Using community led and innovative approaches to work together to improve health and wellbeing in Latrobe communities.
To what extent do you agree with the Charter’s Values?

The draft Charter describes the following Guiding Principles:

The Latrobe communities, organisations and governments who support the aspirations of the Charter will:

1. Work locally and in collaboration with individuals, families and communities, including those who are marginalised and under-represented, to ensure people have choice, control and a voice in developing the supports and services they need in their lives;

2. Work with First Nations communities and health service providers to improve health and wellbeing;

3. Do something different, try new approaches, learn from mistakes in order to create new and innovative health and wellbeing models and programs;

4. Be fair and transparent by doing as we say and saying as we do and follow through on commitments to Latrobe City communities;

5. Communicate in plain language to build trust and respect among individuals, families, communities and service providers;

6. Seek to improve the lives of everyone, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged;

7. Develop equitable access to the most appropriate supports and services for all people in Latrobe;

8. Grow and nurture collaboration and coordination between agencies to develop new ways of delivering services, that cut across boundaries to best meet the needs of each person; and,

9. Use a co-design model of health service to shift how we think about and organise health services in Latrobe and create innovative approaches to their design and delivery.

To what extent do you agree with the Charter's Guiding Principles?

What do you think of the Evaluation Framework?

An evaluation framework has been developed to evaluate the following three initiatives:

  1. Latrobe Health Innovation Zone (Zone) - The Zone is the first of its kind in Australia. The Zone is the place in which voice is given to community aspirations in the planning and delivering of better health and wellbeing outcomes. It is the place in which a process of co-design that actively engages with individuals and organisations is encouraged.
  2. Latrobe Health Assembly (Assembly) - The Assembly will provide input and direction for health initiatives within the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone. It will facilitate new ways of working to enable the community, local and state-wide agencies and government to work together to improve health and wellbeing in Latrobe.
  3. Latrobe Health Advocate (Advocate) - The Advocate will provide independent community-wide leadership within the Zone by enabling, mediating and advocating for health and wellbeing (the Advocate is soon to be appointed).

By having an evaluation in place, the community will have an opportunity to have their say on whether the initiatives are having the impact people want them to have.

This will mean that successes will be celebrated as they happen and opportunities to improve things will be identified as new things are tried.

The following questions define the scope and focus of the evaluation:

  • What is going well? Why?
  • What is not going well? Why?
  • What could be improved, why and how?
  • How is the initiative doing innovative things?
  • How is the initiative learning from existing evidence?
  • How is the initiative suited to improving health and wellbeing?
  • Are community members aware of the initiative?
  • Do community members understand the initiative’s purpose?
  • How are community members involved?
  • Is the initiative doing things too quickly, too slowly or just right?
  • Did the initiative work together with the community and other people?
  • Did the initiative meet the community’s needs?
  • Did the initiative improve health and wellbeing in Latrobe?
  • Do community members want the initiative to continue?
  • Could the initiative be tried somewhere else?
To what extent do you agree with the evaluation questions being asked?

The evaluation framework describes what the community wants the Zone, Assembly and Advocate to do:

  1. Improve community opportunities and perceptions
  2. Improve community connectedness and participation
  3. Improve health service access and design
  4. Improve health and lifestyle
In your view, how important is "Improve community opportunities and perceptions"?
In your view, how important is "Improve community connectedness and participation"?
In your view, how important is "Improve health service access and design"?
In your view, how important is "Improve health and lifestyle"?

More specifically, the community has told us what they want the Zone, Assembly and Advocate to do in the short, medium and long term.

These are detailed on pages 10, 11 and 12 of the Executive Summary.

Do you agree with what the community wants the Zone to do?
Do you agree with what the community wants the Assembly to do?
Do you agree with what the community wants the Advocate to do?

Please provide your name and email address if you would like to receive updates about this project, including final reports and / or your submission to Engage Victoria.

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If you have any further comments, questions or concerns, you may contact the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone team via latrobehealthzone@dhhs.vic.gov.au or on 03 5177 2690.

Please visit the DHHS Latrobe Health Innovation Zone webpage or the Deloitte Facebook Evaluation page for further details.