CEU partnerships and projects

Current partnerships and evaluation projects

Gippsland Primary Health Network (GPHN)

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

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 team: Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead), Dr Michael Barbagallo, Michelle James, 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 team: Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead), Dr Vaughan Reimers, Elissa Dabkowski, 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 team: Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead), Chris Mesagno, Michelle James, Dr Vaughan Reimers, Val Prokopiv

Gippsland Aboriginal Advocacy Support Services

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 team: Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead), Jan Jones, Nicholas Johnson, Val Prokopiv

Streetgames 2020

Evaluating the influence GippSport’s Latrobe Streetgames programs, which aim to deliver a range of free social sports and activities for young people, have had on sports participation, health and wellbeing.

CEU team: Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead), Paul Kemel, Nicole Coombs, Dr Vaughan Reimers, 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 team: Michelle James (Lead), Associate Professor Joanne Porter, 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 team: Elissa Dabkowski (Lead), Associate Professor Joanne Porter, Chris Snell, Dr Karen Missen, 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 team: Dr Michael Barbagallo (Lead), Associate Professor Joanne Porter, Sara Brito, Jan Jones, Val Prokopiv

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 team: Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead), Dr Carolyn Bailey, Dr Blake Peck, Val Prokopiv

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

Completed partnerships and evaluation projects

Streetgames 2019

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

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

'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.

Find out more about CEU's 'Hello.' Campaign 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 team: Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead), Dr Michael Barbagallo, Elissa Dabkowski, Val Prokopiv

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

‘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 intellection or learning barriers.

CEU team: Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead), Dr Michael Barbagallo, Jennifer Bur, Michelle James, Val Prokopiv

Find out more about CEU's 'I Am Ready' Program evaluation.

Emerging Practice Survey

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

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

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