Following the inquiry into the 2014 Hazelwood Mine fire, nine key areas related to early detection and screening including smoking cessation formed the scope of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Early Detection and Screening Including Tobacco Initiative.
In 2017, Gippsland PHN was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health to support the implementation of activities under the Initiative.
Project activities were both community facing and health system facing. The initiative was implemented using the concept of community co-design to ensure a community voice, and under the guidance of a Project Control Group comprising local service providers, subject matter experts, and other relevant stakeholders.
The aim of the Initiative was to support people to prevent illness before it occurs, detect illness early and ensure that those who need treatment and support services can access them locally, across three themes:
To assess the overarching evaluation aims, five evaluation areas were assessed:
There were four overarching evaluation questions, relating to co-design, system redesign, smoking and cancer/opportunistic screening and community attitudes.
The final evaluation report for the Initiative has been accepted by the Victorian Department of Health. Selected findings include:
|Evaluation Question||Selected Findings|
How has the co-design process enhanced development of program initiatives and program outcomes?
What system redesign changes have occurred, who has benefited and are they sustainable?
Have smoking rates decreased, cancer screening rates increased (bowel, breast and cervical) and opportunistic screening rates increased?
Have community attitudes towards lifestyle modifications to improve overall health and wellbeing improved? Has this resulted in behaviour change?