Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin August 2017
After returning from five years living in Western Australia, it’s wonderful to be living and working back in the Mallee!
The majority of my working life has been spent working in the community services sector in the Loddon Mallee Region, primarily in the areas of homelessness, disability and sector development initiatives.
Being born and bred in the Mallee I am very passionate about improving access to services for all our communities but in particular the smaller communities, of which I am a part of.
I am settling into my new role as Partnership Project Coordinator with the team at SMPCP, who along with agency partner staff, have made me feel extremely welcome.
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. It is a living document that will continually be updated as new resources become available. You can find the most up to date version on our website.
If you have any feedback or comments on the Matrix, please contact Eden Templeton 5033 0902
Improving mental health
Bendigo Health Psychiatric Services and Western Education and Training Cluster

11 October, Bendigo
‘Like a rolling stone of mental health: destination towards recovery’
Registration form
Swan Hill Mental Health Week Art Comp
headspace Swan Hill is having an art competition in support of Mental Health Week 2017 and young people aged 12-25 can now submit art pieces. Entries can be made up to 6pm 29 September.
Special Issue of the Australian Psychologist Journal focuses on Indigenous Psychology
The August 2017 Issue of the  Australian Psychologist Journal is focused on Indigenous psychology. This issue highlights approaches to address the mental health gap and includes an editorial by Pat Dudgeon entitled “Australian Indigenous Psychology”... Read more...
DHHS survey on trans and gender diverse health services
Together with Melbourne University, the DHHS is conducting a survey to better understand the experience of trans and gender diverse people in accessing health and community services.
 LGBTI Inclusion 
QLife Guides - FAQs about working with LGBTI people
QLife speak frequently with professionals in medical, mental health and educational settings who are looking for information about how to work best with LGBTI individuals that they work with either from time to time or daily. The QLife Guides, focused on some frequently asked topics about working with LGBTI people. The Guides use plain language around some complex topic areas, to help people feel able to work constructively with all kinds of clients on LGBTI matters. 
beyondblue has launched Wingmen - a new mental health hub designed especially for gay men
'For gay guys, by gay guys'
Preventing family violence
Mallee Family Violence Service Directory
The information relates to the currently funded services across the Mallee region of North West Victoria which have the capability to provide some form of support or assistance to victims of family violence.
Have your say - Better support and protection for those affected by family violence 
In March 2017, a Committee of the Australian Parliament adopted an inquiry into how Australia’s federal family law system can better support and protect people affected by family violence. An anonymous online questionnaire has been developed to provide individuals with the opportunity to share their experiences and insights with the Committee.
A study of the impacts on men and their partners, in the short term and in the long term, of attending Men’s Behaviour Change Programs
The first large scale study in Australia covering over three hundred men and partners from programs across three states, eight agencies and twelve sites. See the attached document for more information.
Family Safety Victoria
Family Safety Victoria (FSV), Victoria’s first ever agency dedicated solely to family violence reform is now operational. The agency will be responsible for driving and delivering the $1.9 billion action plan to end family violence. On 5 July 2017, The State-wide Concept for 17 Support and Safety Hubs was released.
Victorian Government launches Free from Violence strategy
The Victorian Government recently launched Free from Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women.
White Ribbon e-learning – free online courses.
Understanding men’s violence against women, which includes the modules around the impact, causes, myths and realities, white ribbon and primary prevention, what to do when someone tells you about their experience with violence and taking action against violence. Also follows up with a glossary, support service information and references. Other courses include First steps: key knowledge and skills for White Ribbon Ambassadors and Breaking the Silence Schools Program.
DV-alert Awareness Session
13th November, Kerang
Healthier eating and active living
This Girl Can | VicHealth
This Girl Can celebrates women who are all kinds of active. Women who are giving their all, or giving it a go, but not giving a damn! This Girl Can is all about empowering Victorian women to enjoy being active without worrying about judgement, gender stereotypes or skill level.
Vic Health Active Club Grant program 2017-2018-Round 1 OPEN
The funding will prioritise two outcome areas, outcome area 1: Female participation, outcome area 2: Participation in social and modified forms of sport
Active Victoria – A strategic framework for sport and recreation in Victoria 2017-2021
This blueprint sets out future Victorian priorities and strategies in the sport and recreation sector. 
Swan Hill Smiles 4 Miles
Early Childhood Services in the area are receiving free toothbrushes and toothpaste as part of their participation in Smiles 4 Miles, an oral health promotion initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria coordinated locally by Swan Hill District Health.
Capacity Building
Alzheimer's Australia Free Dementia Education Workshop
August dates, Melbourne
Winning Presentation Skills: Public Speaking with Confidence and Pose
4 September, Bendigo

How to have difficult conversations workshop
5 September, Bendigo
Mildura Aged Care Forum 2017
7 & 8 September, Mildura
Thunderstorm Asthma Workshop Swan Hill
14 September, Swan Hill
An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviour
9 & 10 October, Swan Hill
Australia 2030: Creating the future we want | ACOSS National Conference 2017
24-25 October, Melbourne
The 2017 ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, is the event where community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia. 
Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Service (LMICS) Funding Program 2017/18 
LMICS has allocated funding towards a grants program for organisations providing specialist and generalist cancer services to residents of the Loddon Mallee Region.
Community Sector Industry Plan regional consultations
VCOSS, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Victorian community sector and Health and Human Services Partnership Implementation Committee (HSHPIC) are working collaboratively to develop a 10 year Community Sector Industry Plan (CSIP) for Victoria.

The plan will provide an overarching ‘helicopter’ view of the major trends and strategies that will impact on all sectors over the next decade, and assist in planning for the future community services plan for the state.

Four regional consultation events are being held to provide an opportunity for community sector representatives to take part in the plan's development.
Bendigo: 6 October - Register here
New online tools for the Indigenous AOD sector
The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs  Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) have added a suite of online resources which are now available on the website.
Koorie Kids Shine at kindergarten
The Victorian Department of Education and Training has launched the Koorie Kids Shine at kindergarten campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of a high quality early childhood education for Koorie children.  All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who turn 3 or 4 years old by 30 April can attend kindergarten for up to 15 hours per week for free.
2017-2018 Price Guide for NDIS service providers
The 2017-2018 Price Guide for NDIS service providers is now available and takes affect 1 July 2017.
Eyes wide open: a closer look on eye health and low vision care  
Part 3. Demystifying eye care services             

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

Who to see about eye health
Do you know your optometrist from your ophthalmologist, how clients can access low cost vision services or what services are provided by the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital?  Here is a quick guide to the services each provides and how they are paid for.
  • Optometrists – are primary eye care providers located in your local community. There is no need for a referral to see an optometrist and Medicare rebates are available for most services. 
  • Ophthalmologists are specialist eye doctors and surgeons. 
  • The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital: was Australia’s first specialist eye and ear hospital, and is recognised today as a world leader in its field, treating over 250,000 patients per year.
Explore costs and how to find local services by continuing to read here.
For more information on eye health and services available, visit the Vision Initiative website
Happy and healthy people connected to vibrant rural communities
Strengthening partnerships within our rural communities to build a healthy, inclusive, resilient Southern Mallee 

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