This project focused on developing and testing what interventions make a difference to community strength and resilience to adapt to change and particularly, to climate change in Merino and surrounds.
The i-button (temperature data logger) appeared to be the major enabler for this project. Passing the i-button around in the community allowed for social learning and had many other advantages such as enabling opportunities for participation and broadening the reach of the project, creating further discussions about either the i-button or energy efficiency thus increasing awareness of energy costs and efficiency within the community.
Consultation with participants after the workshop that formed part of the research indicated their increased knowledge and desire to increase their home energy efficiency as a result of the workshop.
Results also indicated an increase in both internal and external partnerships for both the Merino Community and the Southern Grampians and Glenelg Primary Care Partnership (SGG PCP) as a result of the project.
This Fellowship was awarded to Rosie Rowe, Director of Community Services and Allied Health at Western District Health Service representing SGG PCP, in partnership with RMIT University, the University of Melbourne, and secondary partnerships with University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the Newfoundland Centre for Rural Health, Canada.