Working with Communities

Across our 3 strategic priorities of prevention; capacity building and workforce development; and access, equity and integration, we support codesign and community engagement approaches where people are the experts in their own lives.

We also support broader approaches to population health that take a strengths based approach to working with communities to strengthen connectedness and resilience.

Our commitment is reflected in a broad range of our work:

  • Our focus on social inclusion, particularly working with vulnerable communities
  • Our regional approach to strengthening health literacy by supporting professional development and shared learning
  • Building a dementia friendly community in Forest Hill using a codesign approach with carers and people living with dementia
  • Consultations with clients and carers for the Health Pathways Community Resources Project to understand the needs of those with and caring for people with a chronic illness
  • We continue to support the very successful Opening Doors community leadership program which has a wide-reaching impact on increasing social connectedness for many groups within the community in the inner east.
  • Collation of grey literature reflecting consultations with older people across the East for the development of the Health and Wellbeing Profile of Older People.
  • Co-design of the Chasing the Luck? project with the Chinese community – this project focused on reducing the harm from gambling in the Chinese community
  • Supporting increased understanding of codesign, consumer engagement and empowerment approaches through our professional development program and network meetings.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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