About Latrobe Health Assembly
The newly established Latrobe Health Assembly met for the first time in December 2016 and continues to meet quarterly. 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 Latrobe. The Assembly has a leading role in the development of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone.
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.
Other members of the Assembly include:
- An independent Chair
- A standing representative from Department of Health and Human Services, Latrobe Community Health Service, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Latrobe City Council and Gippsland Primary Health Network. These representatives are the CEO or the Board Chair.
- Representatives from relative government departments and organisations, including the Department of Health and Human Services, WorkSafe, Environment Protection Authority, Department of Education and Training, Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance, VicHealth, Commonwealth Department of Health, Latrobe Valley Authority and Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources.
Assembly members have identified priority areas in which
to innovate and not duplicate existing services/initiatives.