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Case Study: Nexus Primary Health

ProjectDon’t Let It Get Ugly

Amount$199,000 over two years


ProgramOther Past Programs

This grant was approved under previous grants policy
Rural and regional Victoria Collaborate with rural sports clubs, schools and youth programs to provide safe and supportive community environments through policy development and interactive education
Building organisational capacity Build the skills and capacity of Nexus and its staff to better understand local young people and provide innovative services that meet their needs
Extending opportunity Ensure that every young person has the right to accessible locally relevant health information so they can make informed health choices
Collaboration and partnership 12 key partnership organisations including State and local government, Victoria Police, health and sporting organisations, University of Melbourne

Empowering young people to be community champions of health messages

Don’t Let It Get Ugly (DLIGU) aims to ensure young people in the central Victorian Shires of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie are able to make informed choices about sexual behaviours, drug use and family violence.

Image From the Don't Let It Get Ugly social media campaign


  • The Don’t Let It Get Ugly (DLIGU) project targets young people (16-24 years) in central Victoria.
  • The proactive and engaging approach to preventative health was developed following Nexus’ success of an earlier youth-led partnership-based project around binge drinking.
  • Nexus works closely with local sports clubs, schools and youth groups to develop policies and build capacity to become safe, supportive and sustainable environments.
  • The project will directly reach over 300 local young people.
  • The witty and bold, peer-led social media campaign aims to raise the awareness of risky behaviour in over 20,000 people.
  • Using a continuous consultation and review approach, young people are encouraged to have input into their own health through relevant youth-led initiatives.
  • Nexus Primary Health provides accessible, integrated health and support services.


“DLIGU has equipped our kids with skills and knowledge of healthy lifestyle messages including where to go for local help.” Annette Chapman, President, Broadford Netball Club