Community Leadership

Community Leadership

Asset-based community development in Melbourne’s west


From 2016 to 2018, HealthWest worked with community leaders, volunteers and graduates from governance programs working together to improve connections and capability, creating a “strategy” for “meaningful” community connection. HealthWest’s Community Leadership in the West project became connectwest, an independent not-for-profit organisation.

“We want to foster a common ground
and be a platform for groups of people
get together and add value to each other”


Where is it at?

Community Leadership in the West “connectwest” (2016-2018).

HealthWest concluded work on this project at the end of 2018, with the launch of the connectwest website. connectwest is now a separate independent group.



connectwest adds value to existing community leadership programs and explores sustainability in the

Community stakeholders include:

connectwest recognises all leaders; including those that have and haven’t gone through formal leadership training (such as governance or champion programs or volunteer or people a part of a community group).

Key service or organisational stakeholders include:

Community health services, local governments and other agencies, in Melbourne’s West, that have a priority in social engagement and community leadership.


connectwest – Summary Infographic



connectwest – Website


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Anna Vu, Prevention Manager; (03) 9248 9659