Latrobe Health Assembly

We are Shaping The Valley

The primary role of the Assembly is to facilitate a new way of working to enable the community, local and state-wide agencies and government to work together to improve health and wellbeing in the Latrobe Valley.

View our community projects to see the various ways we are already achieving this.

Caring communities during coronavirus

What does a kind and caring community look like right now?

That all depends on the level this situation has affected you, your family and friends. Are you…

1./ Healthy but cautious

  • Look out for others; phone your friends and family
  • Check in with your neighbours
  • Be kind and considerate
  • Offer practical support in your neighbourhood
    • Using the zero contact approach
    • Walking a neighbour’s dog
    • Putting bins out for others
    • Watering a neighbour’s garden
    • Setup technology
  • Connect your neighbourhood, street
  • Buy only what you need, share what you don’t

2./ Feeling increasingly vulnerable

  • Let people know how you’re feeling
  • Let people know what you need
  • Accept offers of support (request zero contact delivery)
  • Embrace technology
    • Arrange ‘watch parties’; watch movies and TV while connected to friends and family on phone or video chat
    • Video chat meetings, cooking sessions and book clubs
  • But not too much
    • Go out for a walk but maintain social distancing
    • Chat with neighbours over the fence

3./ Prescribed self isolation

  • Let people know that you are self-isolating
  • Consider crisis support
  • Stay connected
  • Stay healthy by eating nutritious food and increasing your water intake

Download the caring communities during coronavirus poster


The Extra Time Newsletter

The Latrobe Health Assembly has been sending out daily tips and tricks for anyone stuck at home to help ride out this situation. Our aim is to help the community stay healthy and connected.

Register your email address to receive the FREE Extra Time Newsletter at:


DHHS Hotline: 1800 675 398
If you suspect that you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Lifeline : 13 11 14
Crisis and mental health support.

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Issues associated with depression, suicide and anxiety disorders.

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Working together within the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone

About Us:

In response to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiries the Victorian Government designated the Latrobe Valley as a Health Innovation Zone, the first of its kind in Australia.

The formation of the Latrobe Health Assembly is a key component of the Health Innovation Zone, paving the way for a new era of community engagement, health improvement and integration of health and community services for people with complex conditions.

The Latrobe Health Assembly offers the community a chance to drive health and wellbeing priorities and consider new ways of working with local services and government, with a focus on innovative ideas and approaches.

The majority of members are from the community, with a diverse representation from various locations, professions, demographics and connections to communities and groups.

Download the 2018-19 Annual Report