Community Health Conference

Bellarine Community Health is proud to have participated in the inaugural conference for the Alliance of Rural and Regional Community Health (ARRCH) held recently in Creswick.

More than 240 delegates attended the conference, with keynote speakers including the Minister for Health, Mary-Anne Thomas and Secretary for the Department of Health Euan Wallace along with several other senior Department representatives and key stakeholders in the health sector.

ARRCH is an alliance of 11 rural and regional community health services, all committed to improving the health and wellbeing of their communities. The focus of ARRCH is to reduce health inequity in rural and regional Victoria by addressing the social determinants of health.

The conference was an opportunity to launch ARRCH to the health sector and broader community. Each of the 11 ARRCH member organisation presented on some of the unique programs they provide in the community, along with a poster presentation which highlighted a number of research projects and innovative health service delivery models.

The conference focused on the social determinants of health and health equity and the important role community health plays in improving the health of our communities.

BCH was proud to present on its unique inclusive dental service developed by the BCH Dental team. The team worked with clients with lived experience to develop an inclusive dental service for people with autism and mild intellectual disabilities.

Australian Journalist Professor Stan Grant was among the speakers and gave a very moving address about the connection between health and history, including personal details of his life.

The conference also looked back on the evolution of the community health model in Victoria and celebrated 50 years of providing critical services to communities across the State.

You can learn more about ARRCH here. 


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