Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin November 2018
  •      Preventing family violence
  •      Capacity Building
  •      Opportunities
  •      Information Sharing
  •      Resilience
Preventing family violence
16 Days of Activism in Buloke 
Across the Buloke Shire community members and organisations are working hard to promote the message that ‘Buloke says NO to family violence’. Projects are being instigated in workplaces, schools and the community to promote respect and gender equity which the research shows are key to preventing family violence.
On Sunday 25th November, youth group members from all 10 towns in Buloke gathered at their local park at 10:00am to lead a low-key walk around town to launch the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign and raise awareness.  Over 225 community members from across Buloke attended the event dressed in orange to help raise awareness and help stamp out family violence.  
The walk was the launch of the 16 Days of Activism campaign in the Buloke Shire. The hashtag for this years campaign is OrangeCard. 
Swan Hill Community Walk and Morning Tea
We had a great day on the 28th for morning tea, a stroll in Riverside Park and community conversations about what we can do together to create equal opportunities for all genders in the Swan Hill Region!
Use the question below to start conversations in your community!
For more information contact Eden Templeton (
Kerang and District Community Sausage Sizzle 
Sausage sizzle and free face painting at Atkinson Park Wednesday 5th December 12:00 - 2:30

Gannawarra Free From Family Violence
Marking the closing of the 16 days of activism come to the Pledge Ceremony in Kerang Victoria Square starting at 10am with local community leaders and representatives as they will take a pledge and leave orange handprints on a canvas which will be then displayed in a prominent community place followed by morning tea.
The Man Box - The Men's Project
Improving the health and well-being of boys and men requires action across entire communities. But it starts with each of us thinking about the expectations, attitudes and behaviours that we communicate with our sons, brothers, mates, and partners. The Men's project asked 1,000 Australian men aged 18 to 30 about the pressures to be a ‘real man’. Click here for the results.
An Australian study reveals the dangers of 'toxic masculinity' to men and those around them. 
Young men who subscribe to traditional ideas of manhood are more likely to sexually harass women and bully others. Shutterstock Young men who conform to traditional definitions of manhood are more likely to suffer harm to themselves, and do harm to others, according to a new survey of Australian men aged 18 to 30. To read the rest of the article click here.
Capacity Building
A Framework for Understanding Poverty - 16 & 17 May 2019, Swan Hill
Expression of interest 
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!
Reach more clients and improve communication
The Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH) 4-day Health Literacy Course can help you make it easier for consumers to find, understand and use information about your services.
From the course you will:
  •          learn theories and practical skills to improve written and spoken communication with clients;
  •          be introduced to tools to test how easy it is for clients to find their way around your organisation; and
  •          apply the knowledge from the course directly to your work through two short workplace projects
The experienced trainers facilitate a supportive and fun learning environment.
Link to more details about the course
Mercy Health was one of the first organisations to participate in our course and they have used health literacy principles and strategies to successfully improve consumer input into client resources.
Link to the full case study on Mercy Health
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
Primary Care Partnership Infographic 
Below is a summary of what PCP's are, the areas PCP's work in and the benefits of a PCP 
Every Suburb, Every Town: Mapping poverty in Victoria 
VCOSS and economic modelling firm NATSEM have launched a major report and online mapping project, providing new data and analysis previously unavailable. They have broken down poverty data in Victoria and created an interactive mapping site allowing everyone to better understand the specific nature of poverty in their local community. Follow the link for more information and click here for the full report.
New resources to help hospital food services manage allergies
The National Allergy Strategy has developed some great new free resources for hospitals:
  • Food allergen management in foodservice—a best practice guideline
  • Food allergy and intolerance policy template
  • Food allergy and intolerance audit tool template
  • Food allergy ingredient substitution tool
  • Food allergy and intolerance menu assessment tool (for dietitians)
These hospital food service tools are designed to be used alongside the free e-training and are available for free on the National Allergy Strategy website
Insure it. It's worth it. 
Good Shepherd Microfinance and the Victorian Government have developed a new toolkit, Insure it. It’s worth it, a simple, easy to use guide for people to prepare their finances for emergencies. You can order printed copies or download the Insure it. It’s worth it toolkit to learn about the benefits of insurance or visit  to find out more.
Self Collection Communique
The ‘self-collection project’ will support the introduction of cervical screening self-collection as a pathway for under-screened women in Victoria. It is being delivered by Cancer Council Victoria with funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in collaboration with VCS, Primary Health Networks (PHNs), and primary care service providers.
Dry Seasonal Conditions - Support in Northern and North West Victoria
Information for Stakeholders
Support services 
Diversity in Disaster - Lessons and Proceedings
The conference also resulted in an Outcomes Statement with a range of recommendations for the emergency management sector including adopting a definition of resilience that acknowledges the link between privilege, marginalisation and vulnerability to provide a step toward a whole-of-community approach.

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