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 October 2019
The past month has been an extremely active time for our Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership (PCP) with finalising 2018/19 reporting requirements, progressing the valuable work in our 3 LGA’s and our other collaborative work and ramping up PCP advocacy to secure ongoing funding past June 2020.
Southern Mallee PCP Team Role
The work of the Southern Mallee PCP Team involves aligning resources at a catchment wide and local, place based level to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Southern Mallee communities. Take a look at the Southern Mallee PCP Team Role document, which outlines the important work of the Southern Mallee PCP Team in bringing organisations and community together to build a health, inclusive, resilient Southern Mallee. 
Primary Care Partnerships - What are they? | Why are they important?

Primary Care Partnerships were established in Victoria in 2000, to strengthen relationships with local primary care, health and community sectors to support prevention, early intervention and equitable access to services. PCPs aim is to build capacity within their membership and community, providing resources, training, strategic guidance and advice, improving local and state-wide collaboration to reduce duplication and deliver improved health and wellbeing for all Victorians.  Results are achieved by drawing the right people around a common agenda, aligning their efforts, raising awareness and polling current funding or mobilising new funding by activating community and aligning objectives with government policy with a place-based approach, delivering improved health and wellbeing outcomes.

How does the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership all fit together?
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diagram | information to see at a glance our Southern Mallee Partnership Platform and how we are working together.
Share your voice!
Tell us about women's health needs in Buloke to inform a proposal of a new health service system to better meet women's health needs.
Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership is seeking to hear and connect with:
  • Women across the Buloke Shire
  • Health Services and Community Organisations providing services for women in the Buloke Shire
The project focuses on gaining a greater understanding of the health and health service needs of women in the Buloke Shire.
The project will propose a new place based health service model to better meet identified health needs. A final report will be distributed on completion of the project.
This is an opportunity for women in the Buloke Shire communities of Berriwillock, Birchip, Culgoa, Charlton, Donald, Nandaly, Nullawil, Sea Lake, Watchem, and Wycheproof to be heard.
  • Online surveys for women living in the Buloke Shire: To complete the survey please click here
  • Paper versions of the survey are available to complete and return at each of the Neighbourhood Houses in the Buloke Shire
  • Consultation sessions are taking place in locations in the Buloke Shire

Please complete the surveys by Wednesday 13th November 2019.

For further information or to participate in interviews or consultations please contact:
Leanne Skipsey | Partnership Coordinator | Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership | 03 5033 9983
Primary Care Partnership Advocacy
Following uncertainty, the Victorian State Government has now announced Primary Care Partnerships will be funded until June 2020 in which time a review by DHHS of the purpose and function of Primary Care Partnerships will be undertaken prior to a decision on further funding being confirmed.
Southern Mallee PCP has been proactive in advocacy efforts to date and will continue to contribute to and collaborate in PCP State-wide, Loddon Mallee and our own action to demonstrate the importance and value of Primary Care Partnerships. 
VIC PCP Contributing to Better Health and Wellbeing Outcomes for our Communities
The VICPCPs Contributing to better health and wellbeing outcomes for our communities – case study examples from around Victoria provides a snapshot of the diverse, innovative and meaningful work that occurs via the 28 Primary Care Partnerships. 
Southern Mallee PCP has three partnership case studies included in this state-wide publication relating to;
  • Buloke Living Project pages 18 – 19. Please note this project also featured in VCOSS submission to the royal commission into mental health.
  • Southern Mallee PCP Buloke Family Violence Prevention Project pages 30 - 31
  • Southern Mallee PCP Integrated Planning pages 46 - 47
Well done to all involved including the Southern Mallee PCP Team for the ‘invisible’ work that occurs in partnerships and developing and showcasing the work across the Southern Mallee.
Building Safer Pathways for Migrant and Refugee Women in Regional Victoria
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health is delivering training on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) issues to the family violence, sexual assault, health and other mainstream sectors who work with CALD women.
This free Workshop for Service Providers 28 November 2019 in Swan Hill or 29 November Mildura
  • Identify why cultural ‘competency’ is not enough
  • Enhance understanding of CALD women’s experiences of family violence and the unique barriers they face in accessing services
  • Identify best practice principles including cultural and linguistic appropriateness, access and equity, collaboration
  • Offer professionals the opportunity to reflect on their practice, and to develop strategies to improve their work with immigrant and refugee communities
 Click here for more information and to register. 
Working with Children and Young People to Prevent Violence
Thursday 5th December 2019 - Presentations including:
  • Respectful Relationships (Department of Education and Training)
  • Burron Guli (Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative)
  • Yarning Circles (WRISC Family Violence Support)
  • Hoops Against Violence (Dhelk Dja Grampians Indigenous Family Violence Action Group, Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative, the ACJP, the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement) · Young Luv (Djirra)
  • Act @ Play (Women’s Health Grampians)
  • LARF – Life skills, Activities, Relationships and Fun (Salvo Connect)
  • Creative Learning Team (Ballarat Community Health)
See the flyer here for more information.
GEN VIC and The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance have partnered to launch Australia’s first effort aimed at addressing online abuse of women journalists, in a report identifying the responsibility of media organisations to support the online safety of both in-house and freelance journalists.
VicHealth has recently released this new guide which has been developed to help organisations introduce bystander initiatives as part of their work to reduce sexist and sexually harassing behaviours. It explains what bystander action is and outlines four key steps for implementing effective bystander initiatives.
Active Living
Mallee Sports Assembly (MSA) - Loddon Mallee Region Move It Project is excited to announce that they have been granted funding to support a new project – ‘Beyond the Front Step’ Project which will be conducted from September 2019 – September 2020.
The MSA project will focus on building the capacity of existing sport & active recreation providers; and developing new and exciting opportunities for people 65+ to be active. The MSA ‘Beyond the Front Step’ project will be delivered in Mildura, Swan Hill and Buloke regions.
For further information please contact: Delia Baber, Project Officer, Mallee Sports Assembly, Swan Hill, Phone No: 0429 332 008, Email:
IN BULOKE SHIRE: Let’s go “Beyond The front Step”- come along to a fun, informative function in Donald Senior Citizens Rooms, Hammill St on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 10:30AM to be followed by a light lunch.
Similar functions will be held in Sea Lake on Thursday 31 October 2019 and Birchip on Thursday 7 November 2019.
Contact: Rhonda Allan, Project Officer, Mallee Sports Assembly, 0427 780 109 Email:
Healthy Eating
Cooking Up a Storm Gannawarra Shire and Lake Charm Community recently held a ‘come and try’ evening to share their community kitchen experience which has been going on for 9 years.  Cooking Up a Storm in Lake Charm commenced by the Lake Charm community engaging into the Southern Mallee PCP Cooking Up a Storm Community Kitchen project.  They obviously have the recipe right for an enjoyable and inviting community kitchen! Well done Lake Charm community.  
Foodbank Victoria 2019 Foodbank Hunger Report has revealed that women in Australia are 50% more likely to experience food insecurity than men. In fact, a quarter of all women have experienced food insecurity in some form in the past 12 months.     The data also highlights the broader implications of food insecurity, with food insecure Australians five times more likely to experience psychological distress than the general population. Feelings of shame, guilt and embarrassment often act as barriers to those in need asking for help. Sadly, mothers are twice as likely as fathers to feel like a bad parent when there is not enough food in the house. 
Challenges to healthy eating: food insecurity in Victoria is a report about food insecurity in Victoria based on findings from the 2014 Victorian Population Health Survey.
The report concludes that:
  • Food insecurity exists in Victoria and is a particular problem for specific populations such as adults who are unable to work, adults who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, the unemployed, and those with very low total annual household incomes.
  • Food insecurity is associated with both poor mental and physical health.
  • Food insecurity and obesity are strongly associated with each other.
For the first time, this report investigates food insecurity in Victoria and explores its underlying determinants and associated health outcomes.
Health Literacy
Connecting with tomorrow; Enhancing health literacy, Eliminating inequity

25th – 27th November 2019, 9am-5pm, Swinburne University of Technology Building SPS, Room 136-137John Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122

3 day intensive masterclass on Health literacy for health service improvement and community development. Using the latest health literacy research and practices, this masterclass will demonstrate how to develop fit-for-purpose interventions to reduce inequity in health service access and engagement. 
Sexual Health
Mallee Sexual Health Network - Working with young people: Positive and ethical conversations about sex and relationships
Date: Wednesday 4 December 2019, Time: 10am - 3pm (lunch provided) Venue: Swan Hill Town Hall, 53-57 McCallum St, Swan Hill

Meeting objectives:
  • To introduce the Code of Ethical Practice to practitioners who work with young people (facilitated by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria).
  • To provide strategies for making sexuality and relationships education messages supportive of young people (facilitated by
  • Jenny Walsh, Educator and Author).
  • To share local workers’ experiences in providing services to meet the needs of young people.
Register here

The Mallee Sexual Health Network is open to all rural workers interested in learning and developing skills related to sexual and reproductive health. Events are held in Swan Hill 1-2 times a year and are free of cost.  

For information on this event or the network contact: Nina Hakamies: 0437 562 747,
Mental Health First Aid
Learn how to support someone experiencing a gambling problem
  • Recognise the signs that a person may be experiencing harm as a result of their gambling Provide initial help using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan
  • Seek appropriate professional help, and 
  • Manage your own self-care when helping someone with gambling problems.
Thursday 31 October Swan Hill

Register by visiting OR call NDCH reception on 5451 0200
Tactics For Tough Times (T4TT)
Wellbeing program delivers 30-minute sessions to community groups and service providers
The stress endured by our rural communities is impacting on our ability to cope. Now more than ever we need to have people in our community looking out for each other, to provide support through the ‘tough times’. The T4TT wellbeing program delivers 30 minute throughout the shires of Swan Hill, Loddon, Buloke and Gannawarra to increase the community’s awareness and empathy; encouraging participants to look out for and support each other.
For more information about the program contact the NDCH Kerang Office on 54 510 200. Or visit
Aboriginal Dementia Pathways Project
Aboriginal Dementia Pathways Project has created a co-designed a localised Dementia Resource with Aboriginal community members from Swan Hill and Gannawarra.  Training to the local Aboriginal community and Aboriginal Health Service providers has occurred to increase rates of initial assessment across the Southern Mallee. This project also aimed to ensure ATSI community members who have been diagnosed with dementia and their carers have knowledge and access to supports. Click on the links below to view the Resources;
The resources are being distributed across a range of local health services in Swan Hill and Gannawarra. 

A Climate of Fairness

Making Victoria’s climate change transition fair and equitable

 A new VCOSS report, A Climate of Fairness: Making Victoria’s climate change transition fair and equitable, proposes a climate equity approach to determine the practical measures Victoria should take to respond to climate change fairly, including:

  • Ensuring everyone is part of the transition to clean energy, including those locked out of rooftop solar schemes
  • Making all Victorian homes ‘healthy homes’ with effective insulation and appliances
  • Equipping communities to be resilient ahead of disasters and extreme weather
  • Reducing the health sector’s climate footprint, and helping it better support communities as the environment changes
  • Supporting people to embrace low-emissions vehicles, and prioritising high-quality public transport
  • Building a resilient community sector to help people cope with ravages of climate change.

A truly equitable response to climate change puts the people, communities and organisations that are being hardest hit by global warming at the forefront of decision-making, planning and delivery.

Swan Hill Rural City Council Early and Middle Years Plan Development
This Plan is for the whole community and is about making our community a great place for all families and children from birth to 12 years and beyond.
If you are a parent, carer, family or community member in the Swan Hill Council area that cares
about the future of our children please make 15 minutes to do this online survey –  When you complete the survey you can go into the draw to win 1 of 3 $50 gift cards.
For more information contact; Rachael Williams, Local Logic Place, M: 0416201643, E:
Contact Us

Bronwyn Hogan | Executive Officer | 03 5033 9984 | 0427 554 409

Eden Templeton | Health Promotion Project Officer | 03 5033 9981 | 0419 590 291

Leanne Skipsey | Partnership Coordinator | 03 5033 9982

Toni Poltrock | Communication Officer | 03 5033 9980

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