History of
the Project

SHIP Priorities 2013-17

The SHIP project started in 2013 as an initiative of Star Health in partnership with local agencies and residents. SHIP conducted a Community Survey where over 200 residents submitted feedback on the most important health and wellbeing issues affecting the community. These results, combined with local data, were used to develop a plan to improve the health and wellbeing of Port Melbourne by 2017.

The following four priorities were chosen from this:

Physical Activity

More active, more often.

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating for all.

Social Connections

Inclusive and connected neighbourhoods.

Access to Health Services

Affordable and accessible health services.

Community Initiatives

As we move forward and progress past our initial plan, SHIP will continue to support residents turn their ideas into action to the benefit of the Port Melbourne Community.

Over the last four years, we have been working on a range of community initiatives around these priority areas, including:

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Healthy eating at the Port Melbourne Primary School

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Monthly Saturday Night Social Club

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Weekly gym group at GoodLife Port Melbourne

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Annual Lagoon Reserve planting day

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Waterfront Welcomers: volunteers greeting cruise ship visitors

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Weekly bus trip to Queen Victoria Market

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Port Melbourne Icebergs: a weekly dip in the bay and coffee on a Saturday morning

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My Health Contacts card: a wallet sized card listing health services

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PORTogether blog: stories and photos of the places and people of Port Melbourne

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Little Free Library: sharing books and connecting

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Weekly walking groups

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Plus much more!