Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin February 2019
Here we are half way into February 2019 already!  The Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership Team, Bronwyn, Eden and Alicia, are looking forward to a busy and progressive year of work together with our partners across Buloke, Gannawarra and Swan Hill.  It has been an exciting start with the Buloke United Walk being announced as Buloke Community Event of the Year for 2018.  A wonderful example of working together on a community issue that can be uncomfortable to front but as a collective we can talk about it.

Check out our new E-Bulletin feature 'Let's Talk Gender Equality!' below. If you, or someone else, are doing great things in relation to gender equality across the Southern Mallee, let us know and you could be featured in our next E-Bulletin!

Also have a look in the Opportunities section to let us know how we're doing and to help us make our communication more valuable to you - we would love to hear your feedback!

We look forward to a progressive year together.   
Preventing family violence
Buloke United Walk A Winner
We are very proud to announce the Buloke United Walk was awarded the 2018 'Community Event of the Year' at the Buloke Shire Council's Australia Day Awards!
The Buloke United Walk was held on 25 November 2018 to launch the 16 Days of Activism campaign in the Buloke Shire.  At 10am in each of the ten towns, community members joined in a united walk to raise awareness and help stamp out family violence. The event was a huge success with over 250 community members attending across the Shire. 

Thank you to our event partners; Birchip Business and Learning Centre, Wycheproof Community Resource Centre, Sea Lake Neighbourhood House, Donald Community Centre and the Youth Groups of Charlton, Wycheproof, Sea Lake and Birchip. 
Congratulations to all involved!
Let's Talk Gender Equality!
This is a new feature in the SMPCP E-Bulletin, which will focus on local people across the Southern Mallee talking about gender equality. Send in your ideas on people, places, groups or activities that you would like to see featured in this section to Check out our first chat with Chantel Emonson below.

Chantel Emonson - AFLW

Chantel Emonson is a Buloke local, growing up on her family farm near Berriwillock. Chantel grew up playing a lot of sport including football and cricket, representing Victoria from 2007-2010 in under15, 17 & 18 state cricket teams.  In 2018, after finishing a degree in Occupational Therapy, after a twelve year break Chantel returned to football playing with Casey Demons in the Victorian Football League Women's competition and in September was signed by the Melbourne Football Club as a Category B rookie to play in the 2019 AFLW season.  Playing in the backline for the Demons, Chantel has had a strong start to the season and is enjoying every opportunity that comes along and is still pinching herself that she is living out her dream of playing AFL.

(Photo: Melbourne Football Club)

 1. How did you get involved in football?

I’ve always had an interest in football, enjoyed watching it on television and at the local footy.  I played auskick growing up as a kid, I also got involved just kicking the footy and playing with the boys at school. Then I played mini's (U13s) at halftime seniors until I was too old to continue playing with the boys. 

2. How have you been impacted by gender stereotypes playing football?

I was unable to play football beyond the age of 13 due to the rulings of girls playing with boys and there being no other current pathways in the community or region.  Being the only girl playing football in the league (and likely the region) it was just expected that when I became too old that was it and  I would head back over to netball to play the ‘female’ sport.  I think people still continue to use stereotypical comments regarding females playing a ‘males’ game and feel the need to highlight the differences between the games. 

3. What would you say to other people wanting to be involved in women’s football (or other male dominated sports)?

Give it a go. Regardless of what others say there will always be people who have negative comments towards being involved but if its your passion follow it. You never know where it may take you or the opportunities that may arise.

4. How do you think living in a rural area impacts opportunities in relation to gender?

It definitely restricts the opportunities to participate in male dominated sports.  Being in rural areas there aren’t as many females and sometimes the only option is to participate with the males, which takes a lot of confidence and of course there are limited opportunities to compete competitively or just for fun.   However I see this as somewhat of a positive as it provided me with the opportunity to play footy with the boys as a kid, something that definitely helped to improved my skills, which may not have happened if i were in a metro area as they may not have been as accepting for females to join the boys. 

Check out this link for more!

SMPCP Family Violence Prevention Matrix
Check our the SMPCP Family Violence Prevention Matrix for an outline of key plans, evidence, frameworks and initiatives relating to the prevention of family violence and promotion of gender equality. The Matrix has recently been updated.
Capacity building
NDIS Information Sessions - Buloke
NDIS staff will be available in your town to sit down with you individually to chat about the NDIS! Click here to see the flyer with dates for sessions coming up next week in Donald, Charlton, Wycheproof, Birchip and Sea Lake.
NDIS Information Sessions - Swan Hill
AFDO Disability Loop will be coming to Swan Hill in March to present 'Understanding the NDIS' workshops, which are designed by people with a disability, for people with a disability and their families and carers. Click here to see the flyer for more information. 
Taking a Strengths-Based Approach
20 March 2019 - A one-day practical workshop exploring the foundations of engagement and relationship building, including:
  • Your own self-awareness
  • Connecting with others
  • Openness
  • Listening
  • Clarity of purpose
  • Planning and work consistency
Click here to register.
Suicide Prevention Workshop
Uniting ReGen are facilitating a Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Workshop at the Horsham Town Hall, located at 71 Pynsent Street, Horsham VIC 3400 on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 9:00 am- 1:30 pm. There is no charge to attend the workshop and morning tea will be provided to all attendees.
The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them.
Individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop please are required to register using this link:
A Framework for Understanding Poverty - 6 & 7 May 2019, Swan Hill
This workshop has been developed specifically for the education sector and will give you the tools to address these challenges and take a lot of the stress out of managing your classroom. Catering to the needs of teachers, ancillary and office staff as well as allied professionals in schools, ‘Frameworks’ can make dealing with children and their families much easier, in and out of the school setting. It can optimise behavioural, social and academic outcomes, making life better for everyone!

Click on the following links for more information:
Information Flyer
Registration Form
Effective communication between Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership partners and community is vital to the work we undertake together. To ensure our communication approaches and methods are working positively for you, your organisation and the partnership, we need your feedback via a brief survey. 

Click here to access the survey, or feel free to get in contact with us via email or phone to share your thoughts!
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
Homelessness Action Plan Surveys
Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) is working with a Reference Group and the Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group to develop an action plan under the Aged Care Diversity Framework for older people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness (the Homelessness Action Plan).
More information on the project can be found on

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