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The Victorian Government established the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone (LHIZ) in 2016 to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Latrobe City, with partners, local health providers and the community working together to drive innovation and change.

The LHIZ provides a focal point for coordination and integration of health services and supports a range of health-related projects.

One such project is the three-year LHIZ – Early Detection and Screening including Tobacco Initiative.

About the project 

Gippsland Primary Health Network is leading the LHIZ – Early Detection and Screening including Tobacco Initiative, which aims to support people to prevent illness before it occurs, detect illness early and ensure those who need treatment and support services, including to quit smoking, can access them locally.

Specifically, it aims to:

  • Support Latrobe residents to quit smoking;
  • Improve participation in programs that screen for breast, bowel and cervical cancers; and
  • Improve screening for chronic disease through opportunistic encounters within the local health system, particularly among vulnerable and high-risk groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, communities affected by social economic disadvantage, people living in rural areas, people with low health literacy, people with disabilities and people identifying as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).

The project is underpinned by developing an understanding of the enablers, barriers and challengers from a broad cross-section of the community, health services and providers, particularly in relation to attitudes and behaviours around health and screening.

It is guided by a project management plan and overseen by a project control group, including Latrobe residents, and representatives from Gippsland Primary Health Network, the Department of Health and Human Services, Latrobe Health Assembly, Latrobe Valley health providers and peak health organisations.

This advisory group meets regularly to monitor progress and ensure the project management team meets its requirements in areas such governance, project management, finance, risk assessment, stakeholder engagement, communications, evaluation, monitoring and reporting.

Who we are working with

This project includes several partners who are committed to working together to find local solutions to improve health and wellbeing in our community.

Our partners include the Latrobe Health Assembly, Latrobe Community Health Service, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Cancer Council Victoria, Quit Victoria, BreastScreen Victoria, the Victorian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance and representatives from Latrobe health organisations, consumers and community groups.

What we are doing

Work on this project covers three key areas: smoking cessation; population-based cancer screening; and risk assessment and opportunistic screening.

Activities include partnership development and stakeholder liaison; building system capability and capacity; health system improvement; building knowledge through education and monitoring reporting and evaluation.

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