Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin June 2018
National Health Services Directory (NHSD) - ARE YOUR DETAILS UP-TO-DATE?
The NHSD allows people to search for services across Australia by postcode, keywords and service type. This could be an issue if your organisation's details are not listed or out-of-date.

Find a health service:

Review your listing here:
Resources & Links
Have you seen what's available on our (updated!) website? We have Mental Health, Preventing Family Violence and Data resources just to name a few. 

Is there anything missing? Has your agency pulled together a great resource you want to promote? Have you found a resource that no one knows about and you think they should? Send an email to Ellyn and she can add it to the website and promote it in this E-Bulletin!
It was fantastic to see the community come out and support International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. Great job by the Swan Hill LGBTI Inclusion Committee and our staff member Ellyn enjoyed pulling together the video
We want a GP
If you haven't seen it yet, you're in for a treat! Northern District Community Health made a fantastic video highlighting their great community - and its need for a GP!
Improving mental health
Building Socially Inclusive Rural Communities – we need your feedback!
Have you attended a Building Socially Inclusive Rural Communities Workshop in the past few years or have you put the resource to use? If so, we are now after your feedback!
If you have attended a training session or used the framework, we would like to know how and why is has helped.
Please help us by completing this survey:
Click here to find the latest version of the Building Socially Inclusive Rural Communities: A complete resource.
Info for young people and parents ahead of the launch of 13 Reasons Why, S2 | headspace
The popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 launched in May. To ensure viewers and the wider community are safe and informed about the shows difficult content, we have provided helpful information for young people and parents to read before the show launches.
North Central Regional LGBTI Network
LGBTI people, their allies, service providers and community members working together to promote LGBTI equity and inclusion in a safe, welcoming and respectful network. New members welcome! Contact Lorraine Donaldson  or Justin DiCaprio 0487 847 072 for more information.
FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid
Kerang 7 & 14 June
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.
Family Violence Reform Newsletter
Check out the Family Violence Reform newsletter for updates on the second anniversary of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and more...
Media Campaigns

Call it out -Victorian Government
"You might be surprised where family violence starts. Sexist jokes and disrespectful comments can seem harmless enough, especially if they’re within relationships, right? The same goes for someone controlling the purse strings. That’s not your business either … 
Forget that. These things are at the root of family violence. They create the culture that enables it. So if we want to live in a community where women and children are safe, these things are our business. And if you don’t call them out, who will?​"

Do something - Queensland Government
"Although we speak out strongly against domestic and family violence as a society, it continues because, as individuals, we often choose to stay silent."
Healthier eating and active living
Swan Hill Food Security Working Group
The next Swan Hill Food Security Working Group meeting will be held on Friday 22nd June with Dean Wickham from Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC). For more information contact Eden Templeton 03 5033 0902
Dental Health Services Victoria FREE workshop
12 June, Swan Hill
For professionals working with young children and families
Capacity Building
Understand & Supporting Children with Autism Workshop
Swan Hill 26 July
Understanding Disability in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Training for Mainstream Services
Swan Hill 14 June
Merbein 15 June
Domestic Violence Resource Centre - Upcoming Training
Pick My Project - Community Grants
Pick My Project is a $30M online community grants program that gives Victorians the chance to suggest project ideas and then vote to decide which ones are funded- $20,000 to $200,000. Between 21 May and 24 June 2018, Victorians aged 16 and over have the opportunity to submit an idea via an online form. Residents are encouraged to come up with a great project idea to make life in their community even better with the support of an eligible organisation to partner with them. An eligible Partner Organisation could be a community group (Inc), school, local Council or government department.
Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) - Grant Program
The Enhancing Country Heath Outcomes (ECHO) grant program aims to improve health outcomes for people living in rural, regional and remote New South Wales and Victoria.

The program provides targeted funds for charitable initiatives delivered by not-for-profit organisations that strengthen, improve accessibility and retain quality and contextually appropriate primary health care services in local communities.
Information Sharing

Closing the Gap: 2017 analysis of progress and key drivers of change
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new report today - This report provides detailed information an analyses on the Closing the Gap targets, including key drivers of change. This analysis provides context for policy debate and discussion for the Closing the Gap refresh, a joint initiative of the Council of Australian Governments. Information on this COAG initiative is available at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website - Closing the Gap refresh

Asthma Australia | Free Spacer with Patient Referral 
Buloke Library Schedule
Swan Hill Specialist School - Library and Playgroup
Mallee Child FIRST (MASP) information pamphlet
Public Consultation
Murray Health Voices
Murray PHN is a Government funded initiative whose goal is to keep people well and out of hospital. #NDCH is proud to be one of the many agencies Murray PHN fund to provide a broad range of health services.
As part of analysing health services in the region, Murray PHN is encouraging people to let them know what’s important to them when it comes to health. Register and have your say:
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.

Final - Part 7: Your role in eye health and preventing vision loss – Let’s recap 
Each day, as part of the support and services your agency provides to your local community, staff can play a key role in identifying clients at risk of vision loss and providing support to those who are blind or living with low vision.
In the final article of this tips and advice series from the Vision Initiative, we recap the key facts some key information for you.

How you can help
You and your team can play a key role in reducing avoidable blindness and vision loss in the community.
As eye conditions can happen slowly, clients may not realise their vision is changing, or they may consider it a part of the ageing process. While eyesight does change as we get older, there is no reason to put up with poor vision. In most cases, something can be done to assist clients including the correct glasses, improved lighting or better contrast. 
Key Facts

90% of blindness and vision loss is preventable or 
treatable, if detected early.

Some people are more at risk of eye disease than others.

Most eye conditions often have no symptoms in their early stages.

Regular comprehensive eye tests are crucial to 
identify eye conditions early, before sight is lost.

Low cost eye care services are available for eligible clients.

Support services are available for people who are blind or living with vision loss.
So how can you help: 
  • Identify people at risk of eye disease and encourage them to have regular eye tests. Identify clients who may be blind or vision impaired could benefit from low vision and rehabilitation support services 
  • Be on the lookout for signs that may indicate the client may have a vision issue. Be alert to signs and symptoms for immediate attention such as sudden changes in vision, trips, falls, injuries, possible stroke, and signs of depression.
  • There are many services that can help, familiarise yourself with the local services available.
  • Remember: Bigger, Brighter, Bolder. These three simple principles can help any older person, including those with low vision.
  • Chat to your clients, educate them on the importance of having regular eye tests, give them a leaflet or a number to call for more information. 
  • Discuss internal procedures with your team including how to: 
    • help arrange an eye test or a low vision appointment with the appropriate eye health provider
    • report issues so that clients can be referred for an assessment and living environments adjusted accordingly.
  • Follow up symptoms and information - You are the link between clients and services that can provide them with tremendous help and make a real difference into their lives.
Services available
  • To find a local optometrist, visit: 
  • To find a local ophthalmologist, visit: 
  • Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital: 
  • Victorian Eyecare Service: 
  • Department of Veterans Affairs: 
  • Low vision and rehabilitation services are provided by:
    • Australian College of Optometry, see 
    • Guide Dogs Victoria, see 
    • Vision Australia, see 
  • GPs will also be able to provide information on the services available locally.
  • For more information on eye health and services available, visit the Vision Initiative website 

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