Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin March 2019
What's been happening across the Southern Mallee?

The Buloke Strategic Health and Wellbeing Partnership have established a Healthy Eating Active Living working group. The group will focus on education and awareness of healthy active living in Buloke and contribute to implementing initiatives from the Partnership Action Plan. The Buloke Wellbeing and Equity Network continue to address gender inequality and the prevention of family violence across the Shire. 

Gannawarra Local Agency Meeting (GLAM) held a workshop this week to develop the GLAM Community Engagement Approach which will assist in making sure GLAM are inclusive of all in their future work. The Gannawarra Free From Family Violence Working Group also met recently to discuss their organisational gender equity audits and action plan development. 

Swan Hill
The SMPCP Swan Hill Health and Wellbeing Partnership are looking at what else is happening across the Swan Hill LGA in relation to health and wellbeing and how all of our work can be aligned. A new group with a focus on gender equality and the prevention of family violence has been established, and Food For All Swan Hill Region continues to focus on access to safe and nutritious food for all. 
Gender equality
Buloke Workplace Gender Equality Workshop
Organisations from across Buloke were invited to participate in a Workplace Gender Equality Workshop held at the Birchip Cropping Group in February. The workshop, co-facilitated by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and Southern Mallee PCP, was designed to bring organisations from across Buloke together to engage in conversations about how to implement gender equality strategies in the workplace. 

The aim of gender equality in the workplace is to achieve broadly equal outcomes for both men and women, including access to the same resources, rewards and opportunities.  Women currently face barriers to full and equal participation in the workforce while men have less access to family-friendly policies like parental leave or flexible working arrangements. 

The workshop, an initiative of the SMPCP Buloke Family Violence Prevention Project, follows the success of 2018 initiatives ‘Buloke United Walk’ and ‘Why Can’t I? Real Talk about Equality’, delivered by the Buloke Wellbeing and Equity Network. The Network is committed to supporting local workplace and communities to increase their commitment towards ending violence against women as they continue to implement the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership Buloke Family Violence Prevention Project Action Plan.
Do you live or work in the Buloke Shire?
If you are part of the Buloke community, let us know your thoughts on gender equality and family violence work that happens in your community by completing this survey:
ABCDEquality: Students act to prevent violence against women
Have a look at this great resource from Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, Partners in Prevention and a Victorian students which supports young people to be active bystanders and promote respect and equality among their peers.
ABCDEquality Resource
International Women's Day 2019
On Friday 8th March 2019, we celebrated International Women's Day across the Southern Mallee. This day celebrates the achievements made and future work towards gender equality. Check out some of the great initiatives for International Women's Day 2019 below.
Women's Health Loddon Mallee International Women's Day Social Media Campaign
This year for International Women's Day, Women's Health Loddon Mallee created a social media campaign celebrating women working toward gender equality throughout the Loddon Mallee region. Erin, representing Gannawarra, and Zah, representing Swan Hill, were asked the following questions:
• This year’s UN theme for International Women’s Day is More Powerful Together. What achievements has your community made in gender equality recently, through working together? 
• When it comes to gender equality, what changes are you hoping take place in the year ahead, in your community and more broadly?
See their responses below and check out the Women's Health Loddon Mallee Facebook page for more!
Erin Hein - Gannawarra
As the owner of Kerang women’s and lifestyle store The Tailored Peach, Erin Hein quickly realised her business was more than just a place for local women to shop, and capitalised on opportunities to connect women in the community.
“The benefit of a smaller community is just that – small! Our close knit tendencies allow us to reach out if we see someone in need and we readily have contacts at our disposal that can help achieve this. Twice a year we launch our new season lines where our intention is always to provide a relaxed and welcoming environment for women to connect away from the everyday.
Click here to see more from Erin.
Zah Thebe - Swan Hill
“Things are generally improving on the gender equality front. Swan Hill is a beautiful, community orientated town and those who embrace it, see the fruit and enjoy it. I love that I’m seeing more and more women coming together, supporting one another and having a good time, it is so encouraging. I believe that yes, we are more powerful together as women but we are also powerful together with men who play their part and complement each other’s roles.
Click here to see more from Zah.
SHDH celebrates International Women's Day
This great video was developed by Swan Hill District Health, promoting inclusion and gender equality in our local organisations and communities. 
View the video here
Capacity building
Population Health Seminar - Prevention of Chronic Disease & Healthy Ageing
5 April - Melbourne
More information here
2019 Suicide Prevention Summit
Providing best practice knowledge and skills on suicide prevention. The Summit will be presented via live webinar sessions from Friday 12th April to Sunday 14th April 2019 and can be accessed until Sunday 28th April 2019.
More information here
Bystander Action to Prevent Violence Against Women
11 April - Melbourne
More information here
Gender Equity in the Workplace
11 April - Melbourne
More information here
Community Consultations - Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will hold a series of community consultations across the state during April, encouraging people with mental illness and their carers to have their voices heard. 

Community consultation dates include:
Swan Hill - 1 May 2019
Mildura - 1 May 2019
Bendigo - 17 May 2019

More about how to be part of the Royal Commission and upcoming consultations, visit

Premier's Active April
Join in the Premier's Active April and aim for 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. Gather your family and friends and enjoy the benefits of increasing your physical activity together!
Click here for more information or to register.
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:
Information sharing
What is Primary Prevention?
At Southern Mallee PCP, we aim to work towards primary prevention - preventing the problem before it occurs in the first place. Check out this document, which explains primary prevention and where it fits in relation to secondary prevention and tertiary prevention: Prevention and early intervention - overview
Good social policies can't end at the city limits
All Victorians should be able to afford the basics, access services, receive a good education and have a roof over their heads - regardless of where they live.
Click here to read more of the article from VCOSS.

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