How did the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone come about?

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 1; February to September 2014, was tabled in Parliament in September 2014, looking at the circumstances and response to the Hazelwood mine fire that burned for 45 days between February and March 2014. 

The Inquiry was reopened in May 2015 to investigate and report on whether the mine fire contributed to an increase in deaths, health improvement measures for the Latrobe community and mine rehabilitation adequacy/options.

The resulting report, the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Victorian Government Implementation Plan, was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 21 June 2016. 

The Implementation Plan is the Government's formal response to the Inquiry Reports, setting out 246 actions that are being undertaken to implement all recommendations and affirmations of the 2014 and 2015-16 Inquiry Reports.

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) is monitoring every one of these actions and reporting progress to date in annual reports that can viewed on the IGEM website.

One of these deliverables was to designate the geographic area of Latrobe City as the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone.

The Latrobe Health and Wellbeing Charter and the Evaluation Framework are two key projects of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone.

Development of the Charter and Evaluation Framework

Together with Federation University, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Latrobe Valley community developed the Latrobe Health and Wellbeing Charter. The Charter defines the values and guiding principles of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone. And action within the zone is inspired by the Charter's values and guiding principles.

At the same time, Deloitte worked with the Latrobe Valley community to develop a developmental Evaluation Framework. Its purpose is to perform an ongoing evaluation of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone, Latrobe Health Assembly and Latrobe Health Advocate to enhance the success of these programs.

Input from the community came from a range of activities, involving face-to-face and online engagement.

Together, input from these activities informed the development of both the Charter and the Evaluation Framework.

Launch of the Latrobe Health and Wellbeing Charter

The Latrobe Health and Wellbeing Charter was officially launched at the Black Dog Ride and Community Wellness Day at Old Gippstown on Sunday 18 March 2018.

The Black Dog Ride is an annual one-day motorcycle event held at multiple locations across Australia to raise much needed funds for Lifeline and Mental Health First Aid training. 

The Latrobe Valley Authority kindly created this video clip of the day for us.