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Collaborative Evaluation Unit (CEU) partnerships

Current partnerships and projects


Gippsland Primary Health Network (GippslandPHN)

The CEU is evaluating the impact and reach of a number of GHPN’s early detection and screening initiatives in Latrobe City, including tobacco initiatives, illness detection and prevention, and local access to treatment and support services.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers
  • Kaye Borgelt (GPHN/Adjunct)
  • Michelle James
  • Val Prokopiv
  

South Gippsland Council Suicide Prevention Project

Evaluating the impact of South Gippsland Shire Council’s suicide prevention campaigns to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of men aged over 25 years and community members bereaved by suicide.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Chris Mesagno
  • Michelle James
  • Val Prokopiv
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers
  

Adolescent Building Connections (ABC) Program

Evaluating the Quantum Support Services ABC program to provide tools and strategies to help young people understand the impact of their behaviours and encourage positive growth and maintenance of healthy relationships.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Carolyn Bailey
  • Dr Blake Peck
  • Val Prokopiv
  • Michelle James
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers
  

Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships

Capacity building to develop the skills, knowledge, and abilities of people with intellectual disability, ABI, or complex communication across Gippsland. The key element is to engage, train and support peer educators in the development and delivery of the Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships (SL&RR) network. Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault (GCASA) is working in partnership with New Wave Gippsland.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Peter Hopwood
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Val Prokopiv
  

Social Prescribing

Evaluating the impact of the Social Prescribing project, which addresses wider social determinants of health by referring patients to community-based services, on primary healthcare providers and recipients in Latrobe City.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter
  • Michelle James (Lead)
  • Associate Professor Chris Mesagno
  • Dr Karen Missen
  • Val Prokopiv
  

Make Your Move (MYM) Latrobe

Evaluating GippSport and Latrobe Health Assembly’s MYM program, which aims to increase physical activity opportunities, activity levels, levels of physical literacy, and social inclusion and social connectedness for communities throughout Latrobe City.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter
  • Elissa Dabkowski (Lead)
  • Dr Karen Missen
  • Chris Snell
  • Val Prokopiv
  

Men’s Shed Field Officer

Evaluating the impact of employing a Field Officer on Latrobe Valley Men’s Sheds aims of achieving healthier mental and physical outcomes, and assisting and engaging with men affected by the downturn of employment in the Latrobe Valley.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo (Lead)
  • Sara Brito
  • Jan Jones
  • Val Prokopiv
  

Latrobe City Council Community Engagement

The CEU will analyse the results of the Latrobe City Council Community Engagement Survey. This will assist Latrobe City Council prepare a new Community Vision and Council Plan, Financial Plan and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Val Prokopiv
  • Michelle James
  

Completed evaluation and research projects

‘I am Ready’ Program

The CEU evaluation of the ‘I Am Ready’ Program sought to ascertain the impact of the program on the preparedness to seek future employment of participating Year 10, 11 and 12 students with mild intellectual or learning barriers.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Jennifer Bur
  • Val Prokopiv
  • Michelle James
  

Find out more about the 'I Am Ready' Program evaluation.


Streetgames 2019 and 2020/2021

The CEU evaluation of GippSport's Streetgames program in 2019 and 2020/2021 analysed the impact of Streetgames in regional townships in Latrobe City while assessing the impact on social connectedness and increased participation.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Paul Kemel
  • Nicole Coombs
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers
  • Val Prokopiv
  

Find out more about CEU's Latrobe Streetgames 2019 evaluation.


Yinnar Exercise Program

The CEU evaluation analysed the impact of the Yinnar and District Memorial Hall Committee’s Yinnar Exercise Program in 2019 by developing an understanding of the participant’s motivation for attending and the effect it had on social connectedness.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Elissa Dabkowski
  • Val Prokopiv
 

Find out more about CEU's Yinnar Exercise Program evaluation.


Emerging Practice Survey: COVID-19

The CEU evaluation of the Emerging Practice Survey, commissioned by LHA and DHHS, analysed how successful service organisations were in adapting to the rapidly changing environment of COVID-19.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Michelle James
  • Elissa Dabkkowski
  • Val Prokopiv
  

Find out more about CEU's Emerging Practice Survey evaluation.


HandsUp Latrobe Valley

Evaluating the impact of HandsUp Latrobe Valley, an initiative recognising the health and social benefits of volunteerism, on the development and coordination of community volunteering opportunities in Latrobe City.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Val Prokopiv
  • Michelle James
 


Gippsland Aboriginal Advocacy Support Services (GAASS)

Evaluating the processes and outcomes of GAASS’s work toward increasing workforce capacity to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, their families and carers to understand and access the NDIS within the Gippsland region.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Jan Jones
  • Nicholas Johnson
  • Val Prokopiv
  • Michelle James
 

Find out more about the CEU GAASS Evaluation


Latrobe Valley Youth Survey: Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN

Evaluating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the provision of services to young people in the Latrobe Valley, including an in-depth analysis of the attitudes and experiences of community service agencies who assist young people.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Michelle James
  • Elissa Dabkowski
  • Val Prokopiv
 


Zero Suicide Prevention Pathways Project

Evaluating the processed and outcomes of Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention Pathway, which aims to improve care for people presenting with suicide and self-harm.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers
  • Elissa Dabkowski
  • Val Prokopiv
 


'Hello.' Campaign

The CEU evaluation of the Lifeline Gippsland 'Hello.' Campaign in 2019 analysed the effectiveness of the campaign in increasing awareness that social connection improves mental wellbeing.

CEU Researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Karen Missen
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers
  • Dr Damian Morgan
  • Dr Sue Whyte
  • Professor Britt Klein
  • Val Prokopiv

Find out more about CEU's 'Hello.' Campaign evaluation.