Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin December 2018
Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership Board and Team wish you a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.
We look forward to continuing our partnership work together in 2019.

The SMPCP office will be closed from 1.30PM Friday 21st December 2018 and will re-open 8.30am Tuesday 8th January 2019.
  •      Preventing family violence
  •      Capacity building
  •      Opportunities
  •      Information sharing
  •      Resilience
Preventing family violence
Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Matrix
The Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Matrix provides a comprehensive outline of key plans, evidence, frameworks and initiatives relating to the promotion of gender equality and the prevention of family violence.
Check out the Initiatives section to see some of the great work being done across the Southern Mallee!
Capacity building
2 Day ASIST Workshop - Swan Hill
This workshop will be held Tuesday, February 5th & Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at Swan Hill District Health – Counselling Department. Enrolments Close: Friday, January 25th,  2019
If interested please phone Janette Davison on 5033 9880 or email at for the Registration Forms.
A Framework for Understanding Poverty - 16 & 17 May 2019, Swan Hill
Expression of interest 
This workshop has been developed specifically for the education sector and will give you the tools to address these challenges and take a lot of the stress out of managing your classroom. Catering to the needs of teachers, ancillary and office staff as well as allied professionals in schools, ‘Frameworks’ can make dealing with children and their families much easier, in and out of the school setting. It can optimise behavioural, social and academic outcomes, making life better for everyone!
Farm Gate Grants 
Applications are open for events from December 2018 to March 2019, and applications will be assessed first-in, best-dressed, so don’t delay your application.
For all information about eligibility, tips for applying and to access the application form, community groups are encouraged to visit the Look Over the Farm Gate website:
Responsible Service of Alcohol Course - in Wycheproof
Thursday 24th January 2019, 6PM until 9.30PM at the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre. $75pp or $65 if member of Good Sports Club.  Enrol by phoning 5493 7455
Information Sharing
SMPCP Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee | Partnership Review
If you are a member of the SMPCP Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee, and haven’t already done so, please complete the following Partnership Review Survey:
Holiday Season tips via the Achievement Program 
Tips from Beyondblue

BeyondBlue has some great tips for Coping with Christmas for those who find the holiday season a stressful time. These include actions like planning ahead, setting expectations, and managing conflict.
Healthy holiday fare
Our supporting partners at Livelighter have some fantastic suggestions for a healthy festive season. Our favourite tip “Active gifts keep on giving right through the year. You could buy a sporting item (such as a football, basketball, skateboard), a voucher for a sports shop, a season pass to the local swimming pool, a few yoga classes or a bicycle.”

Keep calm wherever you are
If you’re looking for some quiet time these holidays, we recommend these great apps from Smiling Mind or Headspace to help you take a breather whether you’re on the ground or even, flying through the air.

Building Socially Inclusive Rural Communities: A complete resource

This evidence based resource provides information and guidance for action towards building socially inclusive rural communities.  It is designed to be used by organisations, projects, programs and partnerships that are working to address the health and wellbeing of rural communities.   The main purpose is to introduce discussion of rural social inclusion into the planning, implementation and evaluation processes of these entities.  If you would like more information or support to use this resource contact Eden Templeton, Health Promotion Project Officer on 5033 9981 or

A little history
Rural social inclusion has been a focus of SMPCP for many years.  A significant step and what ultimately triggered the development of Building Socially Inclusive Rural Communities: A complete resource was the Socially Inclusive Rural Communities conference held in Kerang in 2011, coordinated by SMPCP, Campaspe PCP and Northern Mallee Community Partnership.  An outcome from the conference was the need for evidence, resources and information that was much more to specific and practical to rural communities.  Through a series of workshops, consultations, drafts, reviews and lots of work with Loddon Mallee Region PCP staff and our partners the resource came to fruition and ultimately launched in 2015.  Since then the resource has been used to guide and cross-check inclusiveness of many pieces of work in the Southern Mallee.    

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