News & Media

30 November 2015

Community collaborates on local health challenges

More than 20 Latrobe Valley residents who are passionate about health gathered in Traralgon last week, borrowing from the dating world for a ‘speed networking night’.

More than 20 Latrobe Valley residents who are passionate
about health gathered in Traralgon last week, borrowing
from the dating world for a ‘speed networking night’.

“The aim of the event was to connect local Health Champions to others in the community who have similar interest areas and who may be able to collaborate on a project together, share resources and support each other,” said Nikki Visser, Health Promotion Officer at Latrobe Community Health Service.

Participants were paired and then spent five minutes sharing their health interests and projects, before moving on to a new pairing.

“We know there are many Health Champions in the community who are doing some great things but they may not be aware of activities
that others are doing.

“We wanted to offer these people an opportunity to meet, share ideas,
and start the conversation about how our Health Champions can work together in the future,” said Ms Visser.

“Health Champions come from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds; some are teachers, retired, government employees, community gardeners or men’s shed participants.

“Their common feature is that they’re all working to improve the health and wellbeing of others in their everyday lives where people live, work, learn and play,” she said.

Anyone can register themselves or nominate others as a Health
Champion by visiting