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VU turns spotlight on health and education in Brimbank

Global health expert Professor Maximilian de Courten will lead a discussion about an innovative Victoria University project working on improving health in the Brimbank community at a free public talk on Monday 26 October.

The Brimbank Collaboration, which will focus on health, education and youth issues affecting the Brimbank community, is part of the University’s first Research Festival.

Professor de Courten, director of Victoria University’s Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, will expand on the Growing Brimbank program which aims to lift health and education outcomes within the community.

Based on a strong partnership between VU’s Australian Health Policy Collaboration and the City of Brimbank, Growing Brimbank is using policy-based research strategies to improve health and educational outcomes.

This unique project uses research and data to identify opportunities to improve health and education outcomes within the community and more broadly across Australia through national public policy change.

Two population studies - designed to be repeated over time to measure changes within the community which are able to be replicated for other communities - have emerged from the project.

Professor de Courten will be joined by Kath Brackett, Brimbank’s community planning and development manager.

The Brimbank Collaboration will also feature information about:

  • Living Brooklyn, a project looking at water management and pollution problems in Brooklyn's industrially-zoned areas.  Dr Roger Jones from the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies and Adrian Gray from Brimbank City Council will be guest speakers.
  • Public street art program B-Creative for local youth. Dr Alison Baker from the Victoria Institute and Charlotte Hilder from Brimbank will speak in detail about the psychosocial benefits,  sense of civic identity and connection to community that project has fostered.

What: The Brimbank Collaboration
When: Monday 26 October, 6pm to 7.30pm
Where:  VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray

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