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Food Insecurity Report

Background
Ballarat is a regional Victorian City, home to just over 103,000 residents. In 2017, it was conservatively estimated that 12% of Ballarat's population accessed emergency food relief services at least once in the previous year. Food insecurity is defined as the ‘inability of an individual, household or community to acquire appropriate and nutritious food on a regular and reliable basis through socially acceptable means’. The survey was designed to obtain an accurate and subjective understanding of the users’ experiences of food insecurity and perspective of the services they were accessing. Consequently, this report provides literature surrounding food insecurity and its mechanisms within a regional community for the Food Access Network (FAN) and Ballarat Community Health (BCH).

Objectives
1. To increase the knowledge within BCH and FAN surrounding the effects of food insecurity on health, wellbeing and quality of life within those in the community of Ballarat accessing Emergency Food Relief (ER) and Meals Programs (MP).
2. To heighten the capacity of BCH and FAN to address issues relating to food insecurity and nutrition in Ballarat.
3. For BCH to build understanding of the contributing factors to food insecurity by people seeking ER and MP in Ballarat.
4. To increase BCH’s understanding of the experiences of those seeking ER and MP in Ballarat.

Methods
A cross-sectional study was conducted with individuals within the community of Ballarat whom accessed three charitable food relief organisations within the last 12 months. This study consisted of a written survey, height and weight measurement and 24-hour food recall with charitable food services clients. The survey was adapted from the previous survey developed for a metropolitan study by Curtin University.

Respondents
A total of 100 charitable food service clients (53 male, 47 female) were interviewed. Respondents were aged between 20 and 83 years with an average age of 46.5. Ten percent identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin. Thirty-six percent identified as having a dependent child/family/other that relied on them for food and shelter.

Results
Results indicate that 78% of the respondents are experiencing varying degrees of food insecurity with hunger. Thirty-nine percent of respondents indicated that they have endured a whole day or more in the previous week without eating, while 68% of respondents were overweight/obese. Moreover, 61% of respondents indicated that food insecurity has mental and physical health repercussions. Ninety-seven percent of respondents were solely reliant on government income.
The study has identified income, education and physical environment as key determinants that contribute to food insecurity in Ballarat.
Respondents made suggestions for improvements, notably, increased coordination between the organisations, increase of quality and nutrition and other possible additional services.
Recommendations
Overall, respondents were very appreciative of the current services provided by the three organisations. This report has identified several key areas to increase the effectiveness of the emergency food relief services in Ballarat. This includes food and nutrition adequacy for clients; organisation development to increase access for clients; coordination between food relief organisations; providing and promoting additional services; and improving workforce skills.

Authors
Emily Clarke, Benjamin David, Chloe Swiney and Jessica Xi.
Monash University, Department of Nutrition Dietetics and Food

Topic: Food and eating, Research
Audience: General Public
Target Group: General Public
2018

Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020 - Overview

In developing this strategic plan the Board has been acutely aware that any plan is part of a continuing body of work, and needs to provide guidance and direction, while remaining general enough to encourage and support an agile, responsive and engaged approach to meeting community needs. 
We desire to build on the strengths of the organisation, in particular its staff, and its underlying principles, as we embrace the challenges, opportunities and new directions which come our way. As a community health service we understand and promote the importance of an empowered community and clients, and our role in developing the opportunities and skills needed to make self-determination and self-management of health and wellbeing a realistic and achievable goal. We work in prevention and health promotion while we deliver direct services and programs.
If we are to be able to achieve our vision, for communities currently facing significant health challenges, we must strive to build and continue to develop a strong, robust organisation which is sustainable, relevant, influential and able to display thought leadership while being a respected and trusted partner. 
Innovation, realistic optimism, courage and openness to change and challenge will be key features of our work, which will encompass advocacy for our communities, holistic and client-centred work with individuals designed to get positive health outcomes, and a social enterprise approach designed to support the organisation in addressing community needs.

Topic: Financial and legal issues
Audience: General Public
Target Group: General Public
2018

Integrated Health Promotion at Ballarat Community Health Prevention Strategy 2017 – 2021

The Ballarat Community Health Strategic Prevention plan encompasses all BCH prevention and health promotion activity funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), including: Integrated Health Promotion (IHP); Innovative Health Services for Homeless Youth (IHSHY); and Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections (BBV/STI). Our prevention work is further strengthened by health promotion undertaken across other areas of the organisation.


Development of the BCH IHP plan was a 12 month process beginning in late 2016. Planning was guided by the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019 (VPHWP) and the DHHS public health and wellbeing planning guidelines. Working from the six
priorities i i identified in the VPHWP, BCH staff reviewed health indicators data for our local communities, consulted with key internal and external stakeholders, and critically reviewed current IHP activities. Plan development was an iterative process with the Health Promotion Team working concurrently in a back-and-forth progression between data and stakeholders to identify our three priority areas and develop our integrated plan.
 

Topic: Complementary / Alternative therapy
Audience: General Public
Target Group: General Public, Organisations staff or health professionals
2018

ReNews Issue 1, Dec 2017

BCH Research and Evaluation Newsletter, Issue 1, December 2017

Inside this issue of ReNews:

Editorial / Welcome [2]
Researching the health benefits of volunteering [3]
Phenomenology [4]
Conference presentations by BCH staff [5]
Experiences of marginality and stigma among consumers of Opioid Replacement Therapy [6-7]
Berry Street Community Nurse Program Evaluation [8-9]
 

Topic: Research
Audience: Health Professionals
Target Group: Organisations staff or health professionals
2017

BCH Financial Report 2016 - 2017

The Directors of Ballarat Community Health present this report for the financial year ended 30 June 2017, in accordance with the resolution of Directors.

Topic: Financial and legal issues
Audience: BCH Clients, BCH Members, General Public
Target Group: General Public
2017

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