Inside the December 2017 Edition:
  • Strategic Planning for 2017-2021
  • Preventing Family Violence
  • Healthier Eating and Active Living
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee
  • Capacity Building
  • SMPCP Dementia Project
  • What are PCP's? Video
  • Service Coordination Resources
  • Member Agency Representation
  • Staff contacts

Suite 7, 194 -  208
Beveridge Street
PO Box 1752
Swan Hill, Vic 3585

p. 03 5032 1852
For many of us, the holiday season means friends, family, food... and more food. For others, Christmas can be a particularly isolating and lonely time. The pain of losing loved ones - or being estranged or away from family - can become even greater when surrounded by so much talk and plans for family holidays and gatherings. RUOK? challenges you to reach out during these holidays and spread cheer and kindness. Click here for some tips...
Our Strategic Planning
After almost a year of planning with our Member Agencies, the Southern Mallee PCP Strategic Plan 2017-2021 is here! Shout out to Lyn Andrew Photography for providing the brilliant photos - Lyn works at Mallee Family Care, a Member Agency; great partnership work!

Our three four-year Strategic Directions are;

1. Building Inclusive and Resilient Communities

Priority Directions – supporting the Local Government Area Partnerships;
  • SMPCP Buloke Strategic Health & Wellbeing Partnership
  • GLAM
  • SMPCP Swan Hill Health & Wellbeing Partnership
Via the development, implementation and evaluation of the LGA Partnership Action Plan or Public Health & Wellbeing Plan focusing on the southern mallee shared prevention priorities;
  • Improving mental health
  • Healthier eating and active living
  • Preventing family violence
Each LGA Partnership Plans have been finalised and endorsed, with each plan incorporating the respective Integrated Health Promotion Plan. This is a fantastic achievement for the Partnership!

~SMPCP Buloke Strategic Health and Wellbeing Partnership – Buloke Partnership Action Plan aligns with Buloke Shire Council Plan (inc MPH&WB Plan) and incorporates East Wimmera Health Service Integrated Health Promotion Plan
~GLAM (Gannawarra Local Agency Meeting) GLAM Partnership Action Plan aligns with the Gannawarra Shire Council Plan (inc MPH&WB Plan) and incorporates Northern District Community Health Integrated Health Promotion Plan
~SMPCP Swan Hill Strategic Health & Wellbeing PartnershipSwan Hill Rural City Council Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan is a partnership plan of 10 agencies that incorporates the integrated health promotion plans of Swan Hill District Health and Robinvale District Health Service.

GLAM also has the priorities of Reducing harmful drug and alcohol use (inc tobacco) and Improving sexual & reproductive health, with the target populations of Aboriginal health and Vulnerable children and youth.

2. Strengthen Partnerships, the sector and voice of rural communities
  • Supporting the partnership approach – our partnership platform
  • Advocacy
  • Develop and build opportunities, projects, forums and education
  • Communication
  • Developing our evidence base
3. Strengthen access, equity and integration

Direction is also based on family violence prevention and mental health Synergies and opportunities with the Murray Primary Health Network

Our Partnership Approach has also been finalised which details how our Plans and the Committees interact to achieve our Priority Directions.
Preventing Family Violence
 Southern Mallee PCP Buloke Family Violence Prevention Project 
I have spent the past four years working in the health and fitness industry.  After going back to university in 2016 to complete my postgraduate degree in Health Promotion, I am thrilled to be back in the Mallee working in the industry. 
Growing up in a small country town in the Buloke Shire, I am extremely passionate about creating strong and healthy communities and am excited to be involved in the Buloke community again. 
I have been welcomed into my new role of Partnership Prevention Project Officer at SMPCP with open arms and look forward to meeting our partners across the Southern Mallee region.
 #PutYourHandUp - Victoria Against Violence 2017 Campaign 
This year marks the third anniversary of the State Government’s Victoria Against Violence – 16 Days of Activism campaign which commenced on the 15 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and ended on the 10 December (International Human Rights Day). Southern Mallee PCP were successful in a funding application to Women's Health Loddon Mallee to hold an event with each of our LGA Partnerships.

The 2017 Campaign had a focus on social media and the colour orange. Everyone was encouraged to be a part of the action by using the hashtags #putyourhandup, #goorange and #freefromviolence on social media to raise awareness, and the colour orange is the colour designated by the UN’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Wome Campaign. It is representative of a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls. 

The Southern Mallee PCP Swan Hill Health and Wellbeing Partnership decided to hold a morning tea at Cafe 202 and ask members and the community to share why preventing family violence and/or gender equality is important to them, and produce a video for social media. Click below to see it!
Gannawarra went orange on 29 November. The Gannawarra event, held by Gannawarra Local Agency Meeting (GLAM), involved orange stickers with the hashtag #GannawarraGoesOrange being seen all over the Shire. That afternoon in Cohuna, members of the Gannawarra community gathered to take the White Ribbon Oath, before attending a session on Living in a digital world – tips on how to keep you and your family safe online delivered by Murray Mallee Legal.
The Southern Mallee PCP Buloke Strategic Health and Wellbeing Partnership decided to host an orange morning tea at Watchem Community Hub and produce a video too. Community and organisation representatives explained why the prevention of family violence was important to them, see below!
If you or someone you know experience family violence, help is available.
In an emergency, call 000
-Mallee Sexual Assault Unit & Mallee Domestic Violence Services
5033 1899 provides services for women, men and children in Swan Hill and throughout the Southern Mallee.
-Safe Steps
For confidential support and information call 1800 015 188 family violence response line 24/7
-Men’s Referral Service
1300 766 491 provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to me, to help them take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour
 Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Workshop Project 
This Project aims to create an equal and respectful Southern Mallee community, free from violence. Click here to see the Project plan.

Phase 1 of the Project involves building organisational capacity in gender equality and the prevention of family violence. One of the strategies to do this involves conducting and organisational gender equity audit. Women's Health in the East's Gender Audit Tool and Guidelines is the suggested tool for the audit process. This tool includes an easy to follow process and supporting information and tools to complete an audit in your workplace. 

If your organisation would like to get involved in the Project organisational gender equity audit, check out the Project Plan above and contact Eden for more information.
 Know Your A-Z: Preventing violence against women 
Check out the Know Your A-Z resource that offers 26 ways everyone can help challenge harmful stereotypes, promote respect and prevent violence in the Southern Mallee. 
 Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Forum 
Formerly known as the Southern Mallee PCP Family Violence Prevention Working Group, this quarterly forum focuses on family violence prevention information and resource sharing, capacity building opportunities around gender equality and the prevention of family violence across the Southern Mallee. 

The next Forum will be held on 7th March 2018 at Northern District Community Health. Please contact Eden for more information.
Healthier Eating and Active Living
 Swan Hill Food Security Working Group 
An initiative of the Southern Mallee PCP Swan Hill Health and Wellbeing Partnership, this Working Group comes together to progress discussions had at the Swan Hill Food Forum in October. Topics include edible landscapes and community gardens, re/distribution of locally grown food, food literacy, healthy food provision in settings and coordination of emergency food relief.

The meeting will be held on Monday 22nd January 2018, from 3pm5pm, at Swan Hill District Health Health Promotion (60 McCrae Street). Come along to the January meeting, contact Chanel Relf (5033 9337) for more information. 
Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee
The Committee has evolved this year to focus on networking, information sharing and capacity building. Recent updates include:
  • Lyn Andrew (Mallee Family Care) has concluded her role as chair, with Claire Gillen (Northern District Community Health) taking over for 2018.
  • A Working Group has been formed to plan next year’s annual PD and Networking event, to be held in June 2018. This event is part of the refocusing of the Committee and brings service providers together for professional development and networking. For more information or to become involved contact Cath.
  • Within the SMPCP Team, the transition of the lead staff member for the Committee to Cath from Eden is almost complete. Eden has done a lot of fantastic work in the past 12 months undertaking the Committee reviewing its operating processes.
The next meeting will be held on 14 February 2018 in Kerang with presenters; Lucinda Fraser, Standby Murray Coordinator (Lifeline); and Libby Wade, Bendigo Health Regional Community Dementia Nurse Consultant.
Capacity Building
We've facilitated many opportunities in the second half of this year...
> Collective Impact Training was held for SMPCP Board of Management and LGA Partnership members. The need for this workshop came from the SMPCP Strategic Planning process and a desire from Partnership Members to increase knowledge on what exactly the 'buzzword' Collective Impact is and what elements we can use within the Partnership. Read the report here.
> What is Co-Design and what does it take do to it well? another 'buzzword', workshop was held in Wycheproof. Capacity Building of Agencies, especially in Co-Design, was an identified priority within the SMPCP Buloke Family Violence Prevention Project. It was also flagged by many Partners and within the Strategic Planning Process. Report here.
> Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid had staff from Mallee District Aboriginal Service, Mallee Family Care, headspace Swan Hill and Southern Mallee PCP participate. This course is culturally adapted for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and is taught by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Instructors. This training was supported by the Southern Mallee PCP Swan Hill Aboriginal Mental Health Partnership and Swan Hill District Health AHPACC - Aboriginal Health Promotion and Chronic Care Partnership. Report here.
> Preliminary Suicide Assessment and Planning (PreSAP) workshop was held with staff from 14 different organisations. The PreSAP workshop aims to train participants to recognise when a person may be at risk for suicide, ask about it and assist the person who is thinking about suicide to get specialised help. This training was supported by the Southern Mallee PCP Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee and Murray PHN. Report here.
 Cath's 90 Day Sprint 🏃🏃🐶🐶 
An aged old question – What do you do when you are given some great new information at a workshop and then have no idea what to do with it? I started working with SMPCP in August and was extremely fortunate to attend the Working Collaboratively & The Collective Impact Framework workshop day in September.

Being new in the job and focused on a project, I needed to be able to incorporate the learnings of the day in a way that best suited me. The 90 day sprint challenge set at the workshop appealed because it had a start and an end date and was output driven. Perfect I thought when you are renovating a house!

Challenge on, goals set, created and partnerships formed (family partnerships that is!). Although all partners may not have held the same enthusiasm as I did, which is understandable as they had no idea what I was talking about, I believe it has not only worked well, but above expectations.

Our 90 day sprint is closing on the 19th of December and with that not only have goals been reached earlier than scheduled, I am in the process of drafting our next 90 day sprint, this time in consultation with my partnership group! (Pictured partnership members Kramer and Quincey)
SMPCP Dementia Project
The Southern Mallee PCP Dementia Project has now advanced to the action plan rollout stage. One of the actions is to develop a one-page information sheet customised for each LGA - watch this space!

For the next stage, Southern Mallee PCP and our Loddon Mallee Region friends Campaspe PCP jointly submitted to focus on the needs of the Aboriginal community, given consistent feedback throughout Stage 2 - from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers - regarding the lack of culturally appropriate information and training for Aboriginal workers and community members. We were successful in this, with further details to be confirmed, so again - watch this space!
 What are PCPs and what do they do? 🤷 
A question I have frequently, and perhaps you have too, been asked. Well, the Central Victorian PCP, on behalf of the North Division PCPs, took this to task and created this fantastic and engaging video. Make sure to bookmark it next time someone says "PCP who?"
Service Coordination Resources
Victorian Primary Care Partnerships support and encourage agencies and agency staff to use the Service Coordination and SCTT Online Learning Modules.  They are great resources that have been developed for agencies to;
  • Orientate staff to Service Coordination practice
  • Use for professional development for existing staff and either individually or in a team environment
  • Enable effective and efficient use the suite of SCTT templates for referrals
The following links will take you to the modules; The Online Learning Modules align with the Victorian Service Coordination Practice Manual and SCTT User Guide which are all available in hard copy from the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership office or can be accessed electronically from

You can find more information, resources and training modules in the Service Coordination section on our website
Southern Mallee PCP Member Agency Representation
Members of the SMPCP Board of Management are;
Contact the Southern Mallee PCP staff
Bronwyn Hogan
Executive Officer
Phone: 5033 0722 | 0427 554 409

Alicia Emonson
Partnership Prevention Project Officer
Phone: 0419 590 291

Ellyn Tasker
Partnership Support Officer
Phone: 5032 1852
Eden Templeton
Health Promotion Project Officer
Phone: 5033 0902

Cath O'Connor
Partnership Project Coordinator
Phone: 5033 0908

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