Act-Belong-Commit Projects and Campaigns
Muswellbrook Healthy and Well
Muswellbrook Healthy and Well is an initiative of the Muswellbrook CREATE Change Coalition, a partnership between local health, social and community services, Muswellbrook Shire Council, government, and the University of Newcastle. Their aim is to support existing local services and activities, work together with people living and working in Muswellbrook, and look for new ways to promote healthy living and positive wellbeing in the community.
Under the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health’s Act-Belong-Commit licence, Muswellbrook Healthy and Well uses the Act-Belong-Commit campaign to enhance population mental health by creating supportive environments that strengthen individual and community resilience. It is funded by the Bengalla Mining Company and Farrell Family Foundation.
Community Wellbeing Project
This pilot project began in 2014 as a partnership between the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly, the Office of Communities – Department of Sport and Recreation, Far West Local Health District and a number of other organisations.
The Community Wellbeing Project uses the Act-Belong-Commit framework to promote community wellbeing through rugby league clubs in targeted communities through rural and regional NSW. It aims to:
- Increase knowledge of how to be mentally healthy;
- Increase mentally healthy behaviours;
- Increase opportunities to be physically and socially active;
- Increase capacity of community members to respond to mental health concerns;
- Increase support for those with mental health concerns;
- Increase volunteerism;
- Empower clubs and communities;
- Increase awareness of community-focused clubs and causes;
- Increase participation in clubs and communities; and
- Build stronger connections, pride and ownership within communities.
This is achieved through a variety of activities, including extensive media campaigns, health education sessions at each of the participating rugby league clubs, a Pre-Season Community Gathering, and community festivals at home games.
For more information about the Community Wellbeing Project please contact Mick Dabin, National Projects Manager, National Rugby League Limited at firstname.lastname@example.org