Inside the 2017 September Edition:
  • Our Achievements
  • Dementia Pathways Project
  • Co-Design Workshop
  • Data Profiles Update
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee
  • Preventing Family Violence
  • Capacity Building
  • Service Co Resources
  • Member Agency Representation
  • Associate Member invitation
  • Staff contacts

Suite 7, 194 -  208
Beveridge Street
PO Box 1752
Swan Hill, Vic 3585

p. 03 5032 1852
f. 03 5033 2199
Our Achievements
Check out our Partnership Achievements for the 16-17 financial year! It is always beneficial to look back at your success (and where you can improve!), and we look forward to making further positive change with our Partners, within the Southern Mallee.
Drought Report
SMPCP received $30,000 ($15,000 per LGA; Buloke and Gannawarra) from the Department of Health and Human Services for community engagement and support for the drought declared Buloke and Gannawarra Shires. The Community Engagement and Support Package aims to reduce the escalation of the social impacts of drought by addressing the health and wellbeing impacts in affected communities. See what we did, and how we went here.
Southern Mallee PCP Dementia Pathways Project
Are you a service provider working with people, or carers of a person, with dementia?
The Victorian Department of Health & Human Services has funded the Southern Mallee PCP to review and enhance the accessibility of health and service information for people who have been diagnosed with dementia and their carers.

The project aims to improve and then promote dementia services and supports for consumers and their carers at a PCP level (Swan Hill, Buloke and Gannawarra Shires), with consideration of the availability and accessibility of dementia related information, General Practice as a key contact for assessment, referral and health information, as well as identification of gaps within service provision at the point of diagnosis/post diagnosis support.
Gaining a greater understanding of community needs in relation to dementia services and supports across the southern mallee is a key aim of the project; therefore we invite and encourage service providers from across Swan Hill, Buloke and Gannawarra Shires to participate in a short questionnaire, click this like to participate and to find out more: or contact Cath O'Connor 5033 0908
Southern Malee PCP Co-Design Workshop
What is Co-Design and what does it take to do it well?
Don't miss out on this great opportunity right here in the Southern Mallee!
Tuesday 17 October, Wycheproof
Click here for more details
Data Profiles Update
The Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership Data Profiles have had an updated! The latest versions can always be found on our website as these sheets will continue to be updated as new data becomes available.
  • Each Profile includes 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 of each area and how it rates against the Victorian average.
  • For more in-depth information relating to the topics found in the Profiles, check out the SMPCP Data Sheets. The aim of these Sheets is to present a broad range of data to provide an insight into the health and wellbeing across the Southern Mallee in an easy to read format. 
Southern Malee PCP Mental Health & Wellbeing Committe
The next Southern Mallee PCP Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee meeting will be held in November. In order to strengthen the Committee, a new agenda structure, including strategic environment, Southern Mallee action, workforce development and agency think tank, has been put in place, as well as meetings now being held quarterly for three hours. This allows for strengthened discussion and actions. At the August meeting, Alistair Bonsey from the Murray Primary Health Network spoke about the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and its impact on the Partners in Recovery Program, and the Committee followed with a great discussion on how their agencies can work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Southern Mallee communities that may be affected by these changes.
For more information on the Southern Mallee PCP Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee, please contact Eden Templeton 5033 0902 
Preventing Family Violence
Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Plan Matrix
The Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Plan Matrix provides an outline of key plans, evidence, frameworks and initiatives relating to the prevention of family violence in Victoria. This will be a working document and will be updated as new resources become available. Click here to see the most recent version.
Call Me Dad
On Wednesday 5th July 2017, around 50 Gannawarra community and organisation members came together to view the ‘Call Me Dad’ film and participate in a passionate discussion about the Men’s Behaviour Change Program and how, as a community, we can work together to prevent violence against women. For a full review of the night, see the Call Me Dad Community Screening Report.
Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership Family Violence Prevention Workshop
On Thursday 6th July 2017, Wei Leng Kwok facilitated the three Southern Mallee PCP Local Government Area Partnerships (SMPCP Buloke Strategic Health and Wellbeing Partnership, Gannawarra Local Agency Meeting (GLAM), SMPCP Swan Hill Health and Wellbeing Partnership, who came together to build their understanding and plan future priorities and strategies to prevent violence against women in the Southern Mallee. Click here to view the report, which includes key learnings, outcomes, next steps, resources and workshop materials.
Capacity Building
Motivational Interviewing (MI) Foundations Skills Workshop
In July, Southern Mallee PCP in partnership with Murray PHN held an MI workshop in Swan Hill. The workshop sold out and received excellent feedback. Read more on our 1 page Report.
VicPCP Health Literacy Online Learning Modules – launching in September
The Victorian PCPs have created a suite of online learning modules for PCP member agencies to utilise. The modules are designed to increase the knowledge of health services staff about health literacy and provide information about quality improvement strategies that can be undertaken to improve organisational health literacy responsiveness. The learning modules will be available to use on the VicPCP website and also free for your organisation to embed in your internal e-learning software. It is anticipated that the modules will go live in September. Stay tuned for further information.
Service Coordination Resources
Victorian Primary Care Partnerships support and encourage agencies and agency staff to use the Service Coordination and SCTT Online Learning Modules.  They are great resources that have been developed for agencies to;
  • Orientate staff to Service Coordination practice
  • Use for professional development for existing staff and either individually or in a team environment
  • Enable effective and efficient use the suite of SCTT templates for referrals
The following links will take you to the modules; The Online Learning Modules align with the Victorian Service Coordination Practice Manual and SCTT User Guide which are all available in hard copy from the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership office or can be accessed electronically from

You can find more information, resources and training modules in the Service Coordination section on our website
Southern Mallee PCP Member Agency Representation
Members of the SMPCP Board of Management are;
Invitation to become an Southern Mallee PCP Associate Member
You can find a list of our current Members and Associate Members on our website.

The Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership Board of Management invites your agency to take up ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP of the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership by signing on to the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership (SMPCP) 2015-2018 Partnering Agreement. A copy of the SMPCP 2015 – 2018 Partnering Agreement can be found on the SMPCP website for your review along with the membership forms.
As per the SMPCP 2015 – 2018 Partnering Agreement, “an Associate Member is one who is committed to one (or more) strategic priorities and directions of the partnership, but may not contribute or fully participate in all areas of the SMPCP”. An Associate Member will provide “active participation related to one (or more) of the Strategic Priorities and Directions” and will be consulted and able to participate in dialogue; planning; development, implementation and evaluation of the SMPCP Strategic Plan; as well as be given priority for all SMPCP training, workshops and events.
If you would like to become an SMPCP Associate Member or would like further information, visit the SMPCP website or contact Bronwyn Hogan.
Contact the Southern Mallee PCP staff
Bronwyn Hogan
Executive Officer
Phone: 03 5033 0722 | 0427 554 409

Ellyn Tasker
Partnership Support Officer
Phone: 03 5032 1852
Eden Templeton
Health Promotion Project Officer
Phone: 03 5033 0902

Cath O'Connor
Partnership Project Coordinator
Phone: 5033 0908

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