Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin

May 2019
What's been happening across the Southern Mallee?
On behalf of the Southern Mallee PCP Member Agencies I would like to inform you all of the newly created governance arrangements of the Southern Mallee PCP.
The Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership (Southern Mallee PCP) is an ongoing dynamic, collaboration where purpose, risks and benefits are shared to improve the well-being of our community. The Partnership is located in North Western Victoria comprising of three Local Government Areas; Buloke Shire, Gannawarra Shire and Swan Hill Rural City (not including Robinvale).
During 2018 the Partnership set about an approach to reimagine how the strategic work of the Southern Mallee PCP could operate into the future. Subsequently the Southern Mallee PCP brokered a new Partnering Agreement which replaces the 2015 – 2018 Partnering Agreement. The new Agreement raises the profile of Member Agency motivation and mutual benefit for members to contribute into the partnership. It also embeds our purpose of ‘Strengthening partnerships within our rural communities to build a healthy inclusive, resilient Southern Mallee’ and details our guiding principles of how we will operate as a partnership.  The Southern Mallee PCP Partnering Agreement also celebrates our shared Strategic Directions;
  1. Enable collaboration through the voice of rural communities
  2. Facilitate access, equity and integration through place based approaches
  3. Be agile and responsive to challenges and opportunities
This is an exciting time for the Southern Mallee PCP and we look forward to building with you on the initiatives created previously and embarking on new partnership opportunities together into the future.
Access the Agreement by clicking on this link Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership Partnering Agreement 2019 - 2023
A Terms of Reference for the Leadership Team has been developed to guide the operational elements of the governance arrangements. Go to the following link to access Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership Terms of Reference 2019 - 2023
Progress to Date
  • SMPCP Member Agencies are in the process of signing on the new Agreement
  • Former Associate Members are being encouraged to sign on to the New Agreement as ‘Community Supporters’
  • SMPCP Leadership Team is being established due to meet in June
Community Supporter | OPPORTUNITY
We invite community groups and agencies across all areas of the social determinants of health to become ‘Community Supporters’ of the Southern Mallee PCP.
A Community Supporter is committed to participating in the partnerships place based activity. Involvement across the social determinants of health is a partnership focus. A Community Supporter can be but not limited to; community groups, health, agriculture, justice and education sectors. Access the following link Community Supporter Partnership Application and Signatory Form and refer to the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership Partnering Agreement 2019 - 2023 If you require further information, I am more than happy to meet with you to discuss.
I will continue to keep you informed of progress. Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the SMPCP Team to discuss.

Bronwyn Hogan, SMPCP Executive Officer | 5033 9984 |
Gender equality
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:
Workplace Equality and Respect
Check out the OurWatch website to consider how your workplace can help create an Australia where women are safe, equal and valued.
Primary prevention activity and infrastructure in Victoria
A snapshot of the family violence activity and infrastructure across Victoria and considerations for the work going forward. Click here to view the summary report.
Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement
The Victorian Government has launched a strategy for building a family violence system that supports all Victorians equally and is more inclusive, safe, responsive and accountable. Check out the Statement here.
Respect Women: 'Call It Out'
Respect Victoria has launched the next phase of the Respect Women: 'Call It Out' campaign, which focuses on bystander action against sexual harassment on public transport. Click on this link to see the campaign.
Healthy eating and active living
Celebrating our Women and Girls in the Mallee
Mallee Sports Assembly celebrated women's participation in sport through This Girl Can Week in March 2019. See the stories here. 
Dry Seasonal Conditions update for Northern Victoria
Click here to see the update.
FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) Grant Program
The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. Click here for more information on the grant program. Also have a look at this link for information on the Grant-Seeker Workshops across Buloke. 
Capacity building
Standard Mental Health First Aid
Become a Mental Health First Aider to support friends, family members, colleagues and others.
Robinvale - June 2019 - Click here for more information and to register.
Swan Hill - June 2019 - Contact the Counselling Department for more information and to register: 5033 9880
ASIST - Swan Hill, June 2019
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 2 Day workshop. Click here for more information and to register.
Driving Improvement in Community Services Forum - 5 June 2019
For community services frontline workers, operational and quality managers and executives, with a focus on driving improvement and exploring the culture change required to ensure community services are safe, effective, connected and person-centred for everybody, every time. Click here for more information. 
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:
Bendigo - 17 May 2019

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

If you are unable to attend a consultation, you can also make a submission to the Commission via a formal submission or sharing brief comments. 
Click on the following link for more information or to provide a submission:

Southern Mallee PCP Response
Southern Mallee PCP is going to collate a submission to the Commission. The Commission have informed that we can collate a collective submission to be provided after the consultations. Ideas of inclusions thus far include; the Where do I start – Access to Mental Health services in small communities in the Southern Mallee project findings, the ongoing work of the SMPCP Mental Health & Wellbeing Committee re advocacy of clarity of funding etc and the LGA Eligibility and Entry Criteria Resources. SMPCP is interested to promote the community voice in this work, if your agency has client / community case studies that would be excellent.

Please contact Bronwyn Hogan if you would like to contribute to this piece of work, require support in collating information or have any questions - 03 5033 9984. Please send any information you would like to contribute to

2019 Thrive Grants
Up to $40,000 is available  to support the capacity building of smaller, grass-roots charitable organisations in the areas of education and employment, environment and sustainability, healthy and resilient communities, homelessness and affordable housing. 
Click here for more information.
Loddon Mallee Region Move It

The Move It Aus - Better Ageing Grant Program supports organisations to develop and implement local, community-based activities which promote physical activity among older people. Funding is provided to encourage older Australians, particularly those who are least active, to undertake 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days.

The Australian Government has awarded the Loddon Mallee Region Group of Councils (LMRGC) funding to:

  • Get inactive residents aged 65 years and over more active.
  • Enhance older peoples understanding of the benefits of regular physical activity.
  • Enhance the capability and capacity of organisations and staff responsible for delivering age-appropriate activities for older people.
Keep an eye out for more information on upcoming Community of Practice workshops.

Click here for more information.
Information sharing
Community Engagement
Over the last few months, SMPCP has had a focus on community engagement across the Southern Mallee. Check out the IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum, which shows the different levels of participation that the community might have in decision making around your planning, implementation and evaluation of programs, initiatives and activities. 

Keep an eye out in coming editions of the SMPCP E-Bulletin for more information, tips and resources around community engagement!
VicPCP Initiatives
The Victorian Primary Care Partnerships have brought together a snapshot of the collective activity of 28 Primary Care Partnerships across Victoria. This includes pieces of work happening across the Southern Mallee, including the Buloke living Book Project, SMPCP Mental Health and Related Services (Eligibility and Entry Criteria) Resource, Gender Equity Audit Project and the Buloke Family Violence Prevention Project.
Click here to view the snapshot.
Healthy Eating Advisory Service
Check out the recipes from the Healthy Eating Advisory Service, recommended locally by Cohuna District Hospital who are reviewing their menu!
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