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Collaborative Evaluation Unit (CEU) Evaluations and Research

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