Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin October 2017
Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership (SMPCP) Buloke Strategic Health & Wellbeing Partnership have a funded project to work with local agencies and the community to create a partnership action plan focused on gender equality and the primary prevention of family violence across the Buloke Shire.
The Project Officer will develop and implement processes to enable inclusive community engagement and will facilitate the development of a partnership action plan to guide the community and agencies approach to preventing family violence across the Buloke Shire.
Enquiries, contact Bronwyn Hogan, Executive Officer SMPCP on 0427 554 409 or for further information and a position description.
Applications addressing the key selection criteria and details of two professional referees are to be forwarded by 5pm Friday 27 October 2017 to Bronwyn Hogan
The employing agency on behalf of the SMPCP, East Wimmera Health Service is an equal opportunity employer and appointment is subject to a satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
At a recent team meeting, we reviewed the SMPCP Team Values and Principles and confirmed they were still correct - they just needed a facelift! 
Come along! Southern Mallee PCP Swan Hill Community Services Network
The next SMPCP Swan Hill Community Services Network meeting will be held on Thursday 26 October, from 10am-12pm, at Mallee Family Care Swan Hill. All welcomed! It is followed by a light lunch.

Guest speakers for the meeting include;
Di Frankel  - Multiple and Complex Needs Initiative(MACNI) and Support for High Risk Tenancies (SfHRT) Divisional Coordinator.
Annette Lavey - Client Advisor, Loddon Mallee Community Programs
Carina Haasjes - Bendigo Health, Carer Support Worker
Cath O'Connor - Southern Mallee PCP Dementia Pathways Project

Please RSVP for catering purposes to Ellyn Tasker 5032 1852
Improving mental health
Korin Korin Balit-Djak - just launched!
The Victorian Government have launched an Aboriginal Health, Wellbeing and Safety Plan for the next 10 years​

Five key areas of focus in the Korin Korin Balit-Djak are:

  • Aboriginal community leadership
  • Prioritising Aboriginal culture and community
  • System reform across the health and human services sector
  • Safe, secure, strong families and individuals
  • Physically, socially and emotionally healthy Aboriginal communities.
Preventing family violence
Family Safety Victoria Regional Consultations
Family Safety Victoria (FSV) is holding six regional consultations in October 2017, including a session to be held on Monday 23 October 2017, in Bendigo. The consultations will be an opportunity to hear about the reform work being led by FSV and contribute to its development, including:
  • Establishment of the Support and Safety Hubs
  • Redevelopment of Victoria’s Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework
  • 10-Year Family Violence Industry Plan
Sessions will run for 3-4 hours and will have a particular focus on how formal and informal relationships in smaller communities impact on assessing and managing family violence risk. There will also be an opportunity to hear about other key reforms such as the family violence information sharing regime.
These sessions follow a series of CBD-based workforce readiness sessions to inform the redevelopment of the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework, held in August and September. 
Dates and locations
Monday 23 October – Bendigo (to register click here)
Tuesday 24 October – Wodonga (to register click here)
Thursday 26 October – Bairnsdale (to register click here)

More information on the sessions is available in this letter from Family Safety Victoria. 

Letter from Family Safety Victoria regarding regional consultations (PDF)
DV-alert Awareness Session
13th November, Kerang - A three hour interactive presentation where individuals and groups can talk about the issue of domestic violence and what they can do to help make a difference.
Healthier eating and active living
Flying Doctor Dentist is returning to Gannawara Shire
Kerang: Now - 16 November
Koondrook: 8 - 17 November
Cohuna: 20 November - 1 December
Progress Measures Think Tank
On 21st September, Eden attended the Department of Health and Human Services Developing progress measures towards public health and wellbeing outcomes: Healthier Eating and Active Living Think Tank in Melbourne. The aim of the Think Tank was to assist in developing measures of progress for the healthier eating and active living priority. The Think Tank involved workshopping draft progress measures in relation to the healthier eating and active living priority. The Department will be taking all the feedback given and will review their drafts. Another draft version of the progress measures will be available in November/December for further feedback, with a final version to be released by March 2018. These progress measures, along with those for other priority areas will be useful in measuring strategies within SMPCP LGA Partnership action plans. Project summary.  Healthier eating and active living think tank paper.
Check out the latest instalment of for information on the HEAL (Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle) Program and some tasty recipes.
Capacity Building
Youth Disability Advocacy Service NDIS Workshops
Swan Hill
Parents and Teachers NDIS Readiness
Youth NDIS Readiness
Assistive technology – for students with learning difficulties and or disability.
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. 
Summer Preparedness Forum
25 October, Bendigo
The forum is to inform and assist you to prepare your agency, your clients and yourself for the summer season. This year's focus is on 'preparedness and planning for summer emergencies'.The Forum is intended for key staff from Local Government and providers of health and community services. Presenters from Department of Health and Human Services, Local Government and emergency services will present on aspects of preparedness and response for the summer season. More information contact Peter Moore DHHS 9412 5323
My Aged Care and the Regional Assessment Service
30 October, Cohuna District Hospital
Information session for health professionals and referral partners. For further information please contact Cathy Manderson on 0408 239 061 or
Supervision Workshops - Free!
24 November & 1 December, Mildura
Foundational and Intermediate Level Supervision workshops
Alzheimer's Australia - Dementia Learning
Free Downloadable resources
Free Education Sessions
SAFE in Oz are in the process of compiling their national Training Calendar for 2018. National training for professionals, carers, family & friends who work with & support individuals who have self-destructive behaviours in our community.
Do you have a training room that will comfortably accommodate 15-20 people, with table and chairs in a C or U formation? Or have access to one?
SAFE in Oz are looking for Community Partners in cities and regional locations throughout Australia to present their training workshops set out in the attached brochure for 2018.
Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program 2018
Applications now open!
Victorian Young Achiever Awards
The purpose of the Victorian Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age as of 31st December each year.
Public Consultation
DHHS Public consultation – redesign of dementia consumer supports
A consultation paper has been developed to explore and seek stakeholder feedback on the proposed suite of supports. The consultation will close on 15 November 2017.
Invited to participate in a survey that is part of a research project to assess the support needs of family and friends who support a person who has attempted suicide.
The aim of this research is to gather information from people in Australia who currently support or care for a person who has attempted suicide. The research aims to get your perspective on the types of programs or information that may be suitable for a support person to assist them in this role. The results will be used to guide development of suicide prevention programs that support family members and friends impacted by suicide attempt/s. Participation involves completing an online survey that takes less than 10 minutes, click above.
What are the new changes to the NDIS pathway?
Today the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has let everyone know they will be making changes to the NDIS. Some of the changes are things that people with disability have been asking for.
Gannawarra Shire Local Flood Guides
Recently updated
Eyes wide open: a closer look on eye health and low vision care  
Part 5. Bigger, Brighter, Bolder…          

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

Each day, as part of the support and services your agency provides to your local community, staff can play a key role in identifying clients at risk of vision loss and providing support to those who are blind or living with low vision.

In this regular tips and advice series from the Vision Initiative, we look at some of the facts surrounding eye health and low vision care in Australia, services available and how you and your team can help. Click here for more.

For more information on eye health and services available, visit the Vision Initiative website
Thunderstorm Asthma
The DHHS has been working with organisations to develop an epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecasting system. This system is live and will continue through to end of December to align with the grass pollen season.

Download the Vic Emergency app and set up a 'watch zone' for your location to receive advice and warnings about potential epidemic thunderstorm asthma events during the grass pollen season. The department will also operate a subscription service for the distribution of epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecasts on forecasted high risk days only. To subscribe please visit

The department recently launched an epidemic thunderstorm asthma campaign to help you protect yourself and those in your care. You can access a range of information and resources at

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