Ararat 'Food for All' presenters announced

Ararat - A 'Food for All' forum to be held in Ararat on Thursday aimed at connecting people and organisations interested in growing, sharing, sourcing and distributing food, will host a number of inspiring and innovative presenters to speak on a diverse range of topics.

The event, which is being organised by a partnership between the Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership (GPPCP) and Healthy Together Grampians Goldfields, has announced Leah Galvin as guest facilitator of the day.

Ms Galvin has been working in the public and population health field for over a decade and has many years' experience working within state and local government on food and other social determinants of health issues such as transport and access to services.

She has been involved in research and advocacy as well as project and policy development for organisations such as VicHealth and the Heart Foundation. She also works as a private consultant, particularly on initiatives that bring together diverse community sectors and members to plan together on complex issues.

Ms Galvin is currently managing a statewide project for the Heart Foundation to improve access to affordable locally grown food in communities across Tasmania. She has a personal passion for connecting growers and 'eaters' and local communities and building solutions to future food challenges.

Joining her as guest presenters are Kathy McConell (Victorian Food Alliance), Justin Walsh (Trentham Food Hub), SecondBite and Red Cross Community Connect Program, Ben Norden (Hume City Council) and Janine Curtis (Elmhurst Bush Nursing Centre).

"It is wonderful to be able to expose our region to such high calibre speakers. It will be an exciting opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the expertise and passion of others," GPPCP health promotion coordinator Meagan Ward said.

The cost to attend is $20 and registration is essential. Contact Christine Nicholls on 5352 6226 or email gppcpadmin@grampianscommunityhealth.org.au

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