Issue No: 01 
March 2020
Welcome to our first Population Health newsletter! 
We are thrilled to be able to bring you all the news and updates within the health and wellbeing space of Hepburn Shire. Here we will share with you tips and tricks to stay healthy for your mind and body, whilst keeping you in the loop of everything going on in our community. We'd love for this newsletter to be read by everyone working and living within the Shire and if you have anything you'd like us to share don't hesitate to send it through to   

We have had some exciting changes take place here recently, which has resulted in Hepburn Health and Kyneton District Health merging to create a bigger and better health service; Central Highlands Rural Health. By sharing resources, knowledge and expertise we are able to provide the best possible integrated health service for everyone in our community. 

In October, 2019 we submitted our Annual Action Plan 2019/20 to the Department of Health and Human Services. This makes up part of our Integrated Health Promotion Plan 2017-2021 and details all the upcoming work we are aiming to do. Our priority areas remain the same and we will be focusing on the Mental Wellbeing of Youth and all other Hepburn Shire Residents as well as aiming to improve Healthy Eating and Active Living within our community. We want all of you to be the best versions of yourself – physically and mentally! 
Population Health Coordinator
Belinda Buck
03 5345 9162
Health Promotion Officers 
Taletha Rizio
03 5321 6699
Rheannon Owen
03 5345 9195
Ashlea Martin
03 5345 9119
Now that you know who we are, just remember if you require any support in the area of community health or have a program that we can help you out with please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. 
It’s that time again! With everyone back at school and kinder it's a great chance to start setting healthy habits for the year ahead. Lunchboxes are the perfect opportunity to help your child develop healthy habits, whilst letting them make decisions that will help them to feel there best all day!

When creating a healthy lunchbox try and pick one yummy item from each of the following groups:
  1. Fruit 
  2. Vegetables, legumes and beans 
  3. Dairy – milk, yoghurt, cheese and alternatives 
  4. Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds
  5. Grain (cereal) foods
  6. Plain water 
Our #1 tip is to add some veggie sticks such as carrot, celery, capsicum or cucumber with dips like hummus or tzatziki.
Check out the Healthy Eating Advisory Service (HEAS) if you would like some other great recipe ideas or lunchbox tips. 
We are very proud of our The Cook, The Chef and Us program which was a finalist in the 2019 VicHealth Awards in the Improving Mental Wellbeing category. 
Additionally this program was a finalist for the Chief Health Officer’s Award for Supporting Healthy populations as part of the Victorian Healthcare Awards. 
Although we didn’t win either award, we are excited by the nominations and would like to thank all the incredible people who played a part in the success of The Cook, The Chef and Us. 
Health Promotion Officer, Rheannon, is busy planning the CCU program for 2020 and is looking forward to an exciting year with another group of students! 
Hepburn Shire Men’s Health Gathering 
When: Tuesday 28th April: 9am to 2pm
Where: Doug Lindsay Reserve Function Room – Victoria Street, Creswick VIC 
The Creswick Men’s Friendship Shed is hosting a free health event showcasing a range of health information from trade displays and activities, cooking demonstrations, men’s health checks and health information presentations on men’s mental health and good nutrition. 
Come along for a free lunch and the chance to meet other men from around the Shire. 

For more information contact Taletha, Health Promotion Officer,  on (03) 5321 6699 or
Taletha Rizio, one of our Health Promotion Officers, is currently offering to facilitate Puberty Education within schools, which is tailored to year 5 and 6 students. In line with the Victorian Curriculum, this educational package consists of 3 x 60 minute sessions (with flexibility) that focus on:
Understanding Puberty 
  • Naming body parts 
  • Physical and emotional changes 
Managing Puberty 
  • Personal hygiene 
  • Healthy eating 
  • Peer influences 
Where did we come from?
  • Understanding our bodies 
  • Developmental changes during puberty
Taletha is also a qualified teacher and has recently undergone training in this space with Family Planning Victoria to ensure she is delivering a high quality program. 
The cost of this program will be $88/hour with this fee waivered if your school agrees to participate in the Achievement Program. In doing so, this education will help fulfil the ‘Sexual health and wellbeing’ benchmark within the Achievement Program. 
For more information or to book in a time for your school, please contact Taletha, Health Promotion Officer on
Central Highlands Rural Health will again be rolling out the Victorian Government's Achievement Program in all interested schools and kindergartens across the Hepburn Shire. The program looks at a whole-setting approach to support health and wellbeing which includes good nutrition and healthy eating. For more information please contact
We would like to congratulate Trentham Kindergarten on completing the Physical Activity and Movement health priority area at the end of 2019. This brings them to a total of 4 completed priority areas, having previously completed Safe Environments, Sun Protection and Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs. 


A big congratulations to the students, staff and extended community at Trentham Kindergarten and keep up the great work!  
Central Highlands Rural Health (formerly Hepburn Health Service), Hepburn Shire Council, Sports Central, and the Daylesford, Trentham, Creswick and Clunes Neighbourhood Houses/Centres are working together and with local sport and active recreation providers to promote Premiers Active April.
There will be a range of incentives and prizes available for you to win for being involved!
To take part in the initiative is easy, just register here.
If you live or work in the Hepburn Shire, please join the following team: 
active-hepburn-shire and follow @activehepburnshire on Instagram and use the hashtags #activehepburnshire #activeapril when sharing your photos!

Smiles 4 Miles is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) which works in partnership with organisations to improve the oral health of children, their families, early childhood staff and the wider community. Smiles 4 Miles is implemented in early childhood services and promotes three key messages; Drink Well, Eat Well and Clean Well.

Central Highlands Rural Health coordinates the Dental Health Services Victoria's Smiles 4 Miles award by promoting drinking tap water and limiting sugary drinks; eating a wide variety of nutritious food and limiting added sugars; and brushing teeth twice a day and visiting a health professional (Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Dentist, Oral Health Therapist, Dental Therapist or General Practitioner) by the age of two for an oral health check. All early childhood settings within Hepburn Shire are about to commence the Smiles 4 Miles program, however to find out more head to the Smiles 4 Miles section on the DHSV website  or contact Ashlea, Health Promotion Officer on (03) 5345 9119 or email  
Run out of time? Got a million and one other things you could be doing?
Don't worry, we've got you covered for a quick and healthy lunch or dinner!

Spaghetti with Broccolini and Cherry Tomato                      
Ingredients (Serves: 4)
300 grams wholemeal pasta
1 Bunch broccolini (cut into long florets)
200 grams green beans (topped and tailed)
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 Cloves Garlic (thinly sliced)
500 Grams cherry tomatoes (sliced into halves)
1 Tablespoon (Metric) balsamic vinegar
1⁄4 Cup basil leaves, fresh (chopped, leave aside a few leaves to garnish)
250 grams Ricotta
1 lemon (juiced)

Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling water, adding broccolini and beans in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.
In a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat add oil, garlic and tomatoes, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes.
While cooking on low heat, add balsamic vinegar, chopped basil leaves, drained pasta and vegetables.
Stir through ricotta cheese and the juice of a lemon until all combined and turn off heat.
Serve the pasta sprinkled with the remaining basil leaves.
Remember, if you have something to share within the health and wellbeing space send it through to us at
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