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Our blogs are written by members. All our stories are real and are locally grown. We believe that all members of our community deserve a voice in their own health.


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Shared Vision for the Growing North Blogs focus on how we take action to create healthy systems, healthy communities and healthier children and families.


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Social Prescribing: A prescription for life by Jeremy Kennett (NWMPHN)

December 6, 2019

By Jeremy Kennett, NWMPHN A new ‘social prescribing’ program is providing personalised solutions to the growing problem of social isolations and loneliness in our community. Emily* had always been capable, active and independent, even as she reached 80 years old. But when her husband died, she started to withdraw, slowly cutting herself off from her community. Victoria* loved losing herself…

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Women shaping a more just and inclusive future

October 9, 2019
Amal Abikar & Helen Clark

I joined a packed audience at Deakin Edge at Federation Square to listen to the former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and first female Prime Minster of New Zealand Helen Clark about her incredible political journey and her exploits in the international development sector. I sat next to a woman who was more excited than I was!  She…

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Caring is lonely

September 16, 2019

Caring sucks! A month or so ago I was at a very low point. I desperately wanted to hit a refresh button. Surely there is more to life than feeling alone when balancing caring responsibilities? Loneliness is the lived reality of carers. While loneliness affects all ages, all backgrounds, carers too often have a worse time of it. Diagnosis My…

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Mindful eating for kids

August 17, 2019

As in all areas of health, lobby groups remain powerful despite evidence of harm. Advertising of junk food to kids is so pervasive it’s easy to not realise it’s happening. No wonder the good health messages are lost in the noise of everyday life. Is one of the problems a lack of practice in eating mindfully? Take the example of…

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Paper Planes

August 8, 2019

Paper planes: a partnership When you think about making a paper plane you might think of your childhood. Perhaps days in the sun or your childhood classroom exploring the science of flight? But do you think of partnerships? For me, paper planes are a great metaphor for partnerships. A paper plane represents the ideas and projects that we want to…

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Leading together

May 6, 2019

Leading together Effective leaders, teams or businesses harness different ideas, people, and resources. Experience tells us that diverse teams produce stronger and more creative results as they encourage diversity of thought and skills. Recently I met with key executives, policymakers and program specialists from all over Melbourne’s northern growth corridor to discuss opportunities available to us collectively through Shared Vision…

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