Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin March 2018
The Southern Mallee PCP Data Sheets have been updated – click here to check them out!

The Data Sheets are divided into Geographic and Priority Area;
  • The SMPCP Data Sheets – Geographic Area include a brief outline of the geographical area, a summary of the health factors which significantly differ from the Victorian average, and a table providing a comparison to each area and how it rates against the Victorian average.
  • The SMPCP Data Sheets – Priority Area provide a broad range of data to give insight into the health and wellbeing across the Southern Mallee in an easy to read format.
Southern Mallee PCP Prevention Definition Document
Prevention involves activities and approaches aimed at reducing the likelihood that a problem will affect an individual, by stopping, slowing or interrupting the problems progress or reducing disability. This document outlines the difference between the three types of prevention; primary prevention, secondary prevention and tertiary prevention and provides examples of each.
New Year, New Website!
The SMPCP website has gone through a significant review and update! We hope you find it easier to navigate and much more useful - any suggestions for content and changes are very much welcomed and can be sent to Ellyn
Improving mental health
Men's Night - Men's Health, Game on!
11 April, Swan Hill
Following the success of last years cancer event, keep your health in check
again and learn more about mental health, suicide prevention and depression. MC and Comedian Des Dowling will help lead the discussion with keynote speaker Ian Johansen talking about Mental Health. Local men will also be sharing their personal journey’s.
headspace Swan Hill will be hosting a Family and Friends Information Evening at 6.15pm on 11 April 2018.
The evening will provide family members, carers and friends the opportunity to learn more about:
  •          youth issues,
  •          the services at headspace,
  •          information on how to support young people, and
  •          how to access support.
The evening will also give people the opportunity to ask any questions they may have regarding young people. Please RSVP.
LGBTI Equality Roadshow - Cohuna Revisit 
The event follows on from the Kerang Community Inclusion Planning session and this time they are looking to find out how life has been in the almost 12 months post-Roadshow.  The LGBTI Roadshow will be asking what the wins and challenges have been and what could be next for local LGBTI inclusion. The Roadshow is open to all.
Date: Monday 4th June 2018
Time: 1pm-4pm
Venue: NDCH, 33 King Edward St Cohuna 3568
RSVP: Rowena Doo your attendance. Please advise of any dietary or accessibility requirements.
Preventing family violence
Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Forum
The next Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 7th June 2018, 1pm3pm, at Swan Hill District Health Education Centre. The Forum aims to share knowledge and resources around the prevention of family violence across the Southern Mallee. At the June meeting, there will be a presentation on the MESH (Mental Emotional Social and Spiritual Health) and family violence MESH Thrive Programs. There will also be an opportunity to share any new resources or upcoming training opportunities. Contact Eden for more information.
SMPCP Buloke Family Violence Prevention Project - Update from Alicia, Project Lead
The Project has generated a lot of interest and the first working group meeting was held on March 15th with great representation from across the Buloke Shire. The project working group was established and the group are currently carrying out a community engagement survey in different settings across their communities.  The group will also participate in family violence prevention workshops in the coming month to build their knowledge and understanding of the primary prevention of family violence.  They will then use these new skills and the community engagement information, with assistance from the project partners, to develop the community Action Plan to prevent family violence.  If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact Alicia Emonson 0419 590 291
Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Matrix
Click here to view the Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Matrix. This Matrix provides an outline of key plans, evidence, frameworks and initiatives relating to the prevention of family violence in Victoria, including Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children, The Loddon Mallee Action Plan for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women, and initiatives such as Respectful Relationships and the Southern Mallee Victoria Against Violence 2017 Campaign.
LGBTI Relationship Violence Flexi– Support Packages
Does your client need help to leave a violent relationship?
Flexible support packages are brokered funds which offer options to help build a safer future, free from relationship violence
Identifying Family Violence Training - Robinvale
Free training, 21 May
Healthier eating and active living
This Girl Can - gets Victorian women active
This Girl Can – Victoria aims to build upon this success and empower women across the state to get active and overcome feelings of judgement, fear and embarrassment which are stopping them from getting active.
Active April 2018 

Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy.

As a participant, you can log your daily activity in the mobile or web app and chart your progress throughout the month. You can also create and join teams, track the progress of team members and explore the all-new My Local to discover events, offers and facilities that are available across Victoria.

Northern District Community Health is hosting a number of ‘Come & Try’ fitness classes for the month of April to celebrate Active April, including Yoga and Metafit. Call 5451 0200

Capacity Building
Working with young people experiencing disadvantage
Free, Swan Hill, 28 March

Pornography, young people, and sexuality today
Free, Swan Hill, 18 April
Dementia Australia training sessions in Buloke
Free, 12th April
  • Applying a problem solving approach to behaviour - Donlad
    In this workshop you will gain an understanding of changed behaviours related to dementia, their impact and contributing factors. You will learn how to apply a systematic approach to problem solving changed behaviours and provide positive support strategies for people living with dementia.
  • Achieving purposeful engagement - Charlton
    This workshop provides an understanding of the importance of meaningful and purposeful engagement for people living with dementia. Using a guiding set of principles, participants will focus on understanding the person's individual needs, strengths and abilities, and the impact of the environment in planning purposeful engagement to enhance quality of life.
Supporting Rural Women Experiencing Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion. 
26 April, Mildura

With facilitators from Family Planning Victoria and Royal Women's Hospital, this training session will provide an overview of unplanned pregnancy options, supporting women’s decision-making, abortion services and clinical practice, medico-legal issues, reproductive coercion and post abortion contraception.

It is designed for workers who have day to day contact with women in the Mallee region who may experience unplanned pregnancy including workers in the education, community, youth and health care sectors.
The local service system will also be outlined and discussed. Workers with experience in providing the range of services and support to women experiencing unplanned pregnancy are encouraged to join the local panel discussion. Contact Nina Hakamies 0437 562 747

Community Service Organisations: A powerful force in building community resilience
At the National Diversity in Disaster Conference, to be held at the MCG in Melbourne on 17-18 April, you can learn how collaborating with community organisations can build community resilience for everyday challenges and stressors, as well as for emergencies and disasters.
See the full program here.
Establishment of new statewide sexual and reproductive health information and phone service
With funding from the Victorian Government, Women’s Health Victoria is in the process of establishing a new sexual and reproductive health information and phone service, to be known as 1800 My Options. 1800 My Options will cater to the needs of all Victorian women wanting sexual and reproductive health information, including where they can access contraception services, abortions and other clinical and counselling services.
To ensure the best possible information is available for women in Victoria, The Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) University of Melbourne and Women’s Health Victoria are contacting service providers previously on the internal CERSH database inviting them to register their information with the new 1800 My Options Service. More information here.
Eyes wide open: a closer look on eye health and low vision care  
Part 6. Ensuring vision impaired clients are safe in your workplace and in their home         

Over the next few months, we will be including Vision2020 articles in our E-Bulletin on the importance of eye health. Please find them all in word format here.

In our previous article, we looked at simple ways to assist people who are blind or vision impaired with activities at home or when visiting your workplace. However, in addition to remaining independent, it is essential that clients remain safe around your workplace and their home and that the risk of falls is addressed through ‘good housekeeping’ habits.

In this regular tips and advice series from the Vision Initiative, we look at some of the facts surrounding eye health and low vision care in Australia, services available and how you and your team can help. Click here for more.

For more information on eye health and services available, visit the Vision Initiative website

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