Health and wellbeing challenges don’t exist in isolation. Neither do their solutions. At VicHealth, we’re committed to assembling cross-disciplinary working groups to address complex public health issues. Making those connections and encouraging those conversations is one of the most meaningful things we do as an organisation.
Of course, that sort of collective progress doesn’t only take place in meeting rooms, seminars and conferences. It happens every day in our communities. The stories in the latest VicHealth Letter offer some inspiring insights into how big changes can be driven by the small, connected actions of communities, including:
- how healthy masculinities can be identified and nurtured for the benefit of the whole community
- how bystanders can be empowered to respond to everyday incidents of sexism and sexual harassment
- and how we can reset cultural norms around drinking, especially among certain male social groups.
We’re also taking a timely look at how social media content review processes can affect the delivery of health promotion campaigns: an important lesson to remember as we try to take advantage of the undeniable reach of platforms like Facebook.
Later this month, I will be leaving VicHealth after seven exciting years during which the organisation has grown into its current role as thought leader, strategic investor and successful collaborator. While I look forward to my new role as CEO of Basketball Australia, at the same time I am saying goodbye to the exceptional team at VicHealth, to our much-valued partners, and to all of you who continue to take on the challenge of creating a fairer and healthier community for all Victorians. I thank you for sharing the journey of my time at VicHealth and I hope to continue to connect with many of you in my new role.
Chief Executive Officer