Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin

June 2019
The Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership E-Bulletin initially emerged as a broad information sharing tool for a range of information Southern Mallee PCP was asked to distribute to our various networks.  It was complimentary to the Southern Mallee PCP quarterly newsletter. We now find many organisations have established their own bulletins and newsletters so it has been timely for Southern Mallee PCP to consider the best use of this great news tool so it is relevant, informative and aligned to the shared strategic directions of the Partnership.  While the changes to the Southern Mallee PCP E-Bulletin are subtle, we hope you enjoy the slightly new direction. 


Alicia Emonson joined the Southern Mallee PCP Team in 2017, working with a vast range of Buloke agencies in successfully forwarding the SMPCP Buloke Family Violence Prevention Project.  Alicia has also taken care of the SMPCP Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee, SMPCP Swan Hill Aboriginal Mental Health Partnership and SMPCP Buloke Strategic Health and Wellbeing Partnership.  We wish Alicia all the best for the future and thank her for her contribution to the Southern Mallee PCP. 
Southern Mallee PCP activity

How do we look? Southern Mallee Partnership Platform diagram | information has been developed to illustrate how we are working together.
The Southern Mallee PCP Leadership Team has now been formed in line with the fresh and new Southern Mallee PCP Partnering Agreement 2019 – 2023 and the Southern Mallee PCP Terms of Reference 2019 – 2023
The Southern Mallee PCP Leadership Team met for the first time on Thursday 6th of June, the Leadership Team representatives are;
Swan Hill LGA               Bruce Myers, Swan Hill Rural City Council - Chair
Gannawarra LGA           Mandy Hutchinson, Northern District Community Health Service                                           - Deputy Chair 
Buloke LGA                   Mark Remnant, Buloke Shire Council
ACCHO                         Zah Thebe/Danielle Dougherty, Mallee District Aboriginal Services
Fund Holder                  Paul Smith, Swan Hill District Health
Employing Agency         Paula Noble, East Wimmera Health Service
Co-opted Member          Currently vacant

The SMPCP Buloke Strategic Health and Wellbeing Partnership have signed off on their Terms of Reference; the Buloke Action Plan priorities have been revisited and will be focused on stage two of the Buloke Family Violence prevention project, Health Eating and Active Living and Improving mental health – focused on contributing to the mental health royal commission.  The Healthy Eating Active Living Working Group has been established and is being led by East Wimmera Health Service.  Buloke Family Violence Prevention Action Plan continues to be progressed with stage two to focus on collating project outcomes and evaluating efforts to provide direction on a way forward.

GLAM has finalised the GLAM Partnership, including GLAM Leaders, GLAM and GLAM Working Group.  A GLAM Community Engagement Approach is being developed and the GLAM Evaluation Working Group has been established to explore and support reporting timeframes and process, outcome/progress measures and priority setting.  The SMPCP Team will be supporting Gannawarra Shire Council to work within GLAM in progressing Liveability Assessments as part of a project with Mallee DHHS and RMIT.

The SMPCP Swan Hill Health and Wellbeing Partnership is working together to  determine reporting processes and setting up a process to confirm future priorities and action plan direction. The agencies are investing in strengthening the partnership plan and ways in which they work together. The Swan Hill District Gender Equity Network is established and currently focusing on community engagement and organisational gender equity audits.  The SMPCP Team and some partners continue involvement in the Swan Hill Better Together initiative and the SMPCP Team is supporting SHRCC to work within the Partnership to progress Liveability Assessments as part of a project with Mallee DHHS and RMIT.

Southern Mallee PCP is working toward providing a response to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.  This has been a discussion point at the last Southern Mallee PCP Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee meeting.  Input from all Southern Mallee PCP Members and Community Supporters is encouraged and welcomed.  The SMPCP submission is focused on solutions and prevention.  Your ideas and views can be sent to Bronwyn Hogan

Southern Mallee PCP has provided a submission to the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019 – 2023 consultation with input from Southern Mallee PCP Partners and Community Supporters. Southern Mallee PCP submission is available here.
The Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership (PCP) Mental Health and Related Services (Eligibility and Entry Criteria) Resources (Resources), Buloke, Gannawarra and Swan Hill, have been a valuable long term initiative from 2010 following the Southern Mallee PCP Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee identifying the need to map the mental health and supporting services funded to provide services in the southern Mallee catchment area.  An outcome of the mapping was the development of a resource for use by professionals and agencies to identify services, eligibility criteria and entry and referral process.
The Resources have remained a valuable tool for;
  • Southern Mallee PCP agencies and other service providers in being able to identify and refer their clients to clinical and community services they require
  • Southern Mallee PCP identifying service gaps and evidence in advocacy efforts relating to the mental health service system
  • Identification, invitation and engagement of all agencies who contribute to the Southern Mallee mental health service system
  • Offering capacity building opportunities that are conducive to strengthening mental health and wellbeing in the Southern Mallee.
It is now imperative and timely to undertake a comprehensive review of the Resources not only to ensure currency of information for all service providers but also to reflect changes following the implementation of NDIS and as an evidence document for Southern Mallee PCP’s response to the Royal Commission Victoria’s Mental Health System. 
All agencies listed in the Resources will be contacted in the near future asking them to confirm and or update their details.  It is also an opportune time to undertake a full review including the look and useability of the Resources. 
Your feedback is very welcome and can be provided to Sallie Amy via or phone 0437 608 609
Community engagement 
Two tools are being developed to improve community engagement across the Southern Mallee. These tools are designed to be used by a broad range of partnerships and organisations, and can be adapted to work for your particular initiative. Each tool has also been developed locally, with things to consider around community engagement specific to the Local Government Area.
GLAM Community Engagement Approach
The GLAM (Gannawarra Local Agency Meeting) Community Engagement Approach has been developed by the GLAM partnership to improve community engagement across the Gannawarra Shire.
Better Together Community Engagement Framework
The Better Together Community Engagement Framework has been developed by the Better Together Collaborative Table to improve community engagement across Swan Hill Rural City.
Both of these tools were developed with strong reference to:
Building Socially Inclusive Rural Communities: A complete resource - an evidence informed resource providing information and ideas to build socially inclusive rural communities.
IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum – a resource which shows the different levels of participation that community might have in relation to planning, implementing and evaluating initiatives.
Keep an eye out over the next few months for examples of how these tools have been used locally in the Southern Mallee.
For more information, please contact Eden 5033 9981
Healthy eating and active living
Food For All Swan Hill Region currently has a focus on emergency food relief and edible gardening. Recently, representatives from Food For All had a table at a Bunnings event, where seeds, recipes, seasonal planting guides and other information was shared with community. Look out for the Food For All team around the Swan Hill Region and check out what they're up to!

A working group focused on Health Eating Active Living has recently been established in the Buloke Shire. Contact Stacey Keller from East Wimmera Health Service for more information:

Across the Southern Mallee there were numerous activities providing opportunities to be part of National Reconciliation Week.  While participation in such events demonstrates acknowledgement of reconciliation the important part for change is what you do outside the week.   From what you learn and with the people you meet during the week the question you can continue to ask isWhat can I do in my workplace, community and with my family to move the agenda and action of reconciliation on from a week of activity to be a norm across our society?”
The Grounded In Truth Walk Together With Courage clip and other information and resources on Reconciliation Australia website may assist with your conversations and actions during the year not just for the week.

The Victorian Government Disability Self Help Grant program recognises the value of people coming together and sharing their experiences.
The grants assists disability self help groups to finance general expenses, running costs, minor works and equipment. Aboriginal groups, LGBTQ groups, young people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities are encouraged to apply. Applications are open until Friday 12 July 2019.
For more information, download the grant application form and guidelines here:
Assistance in completing the application formincluding an interpreter if required, groups can also contact the Office for Disability on 1300 880 043 or email
Capacity building

The state of workplace relationships is critical to personal wellbeing and organisational success.

Participants in this workshop will learn how to identify and manage different behavioural styles, apply the principles of neuroscience to understand how people relate to each other, and strengthen workplace relationships through brain friendly communication.
Full details and registration click here

Following on from the LGBTIQ Equality Roadshow visits across the Southern Mallee in recent years, come together to explore what LGBTIQ inclusion looks like and share experiences, successes and challenges. Click on the below links for more information:

Mallee LGBTIQ Inclusion Workshop - Connecting Mildura, Swan Hill, Robinvale and surrounds
10am - 4.30pm, Tuesday 30 July 2019, Robinvale

Loddon Campaspe LGBTIQ Inclusion Workshop - Connecting Bendigo, Buloke Shire and Campaspe Shire
10am - 4.30pm, Wednesday 31st July 2019, Bendigo

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia’s largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them.

Each year, the Youth Survey gives valuable insights into the lives of young Australians and an understanding of their aspirations, values, concerns and ambitions. The survey provides a snapshot of how young people feel about their own lives and broader national issues.

The survey closes on the 31st of July 2019, with results to be analysed and released before the end of the year.

Click here for more information or to take the survey.
The purpose of the healthcare professional /healthcare worker survey is to record any health impacts they may already be seeing in their community, and/or expect to see in the future. The survey is specifically targeting Victorian health care professionals and community based health officers who interact with patients and clients to provide a health related service.  
 The survey will take 15 minutes to complete, and it will remain open until the end of June.   SURVEY LINK  
Further information on Sustainability Victoria’s research, contact Dianna McDonald on (03) 8626 8763 or via email at
The Vulnerable people in emergencies policy assists community service organisations and local councils to support the emergency preparedness of people who are at risk in emergencies. The Vulnerable Persons Register (VPR) is a key component of the policy.
An evaluation of the VPR has commenced and DHHS is inviting all community service organisations who manage or have previously managed a client on the VPR to complete a survey.  An invitation to participate including the link to the survey will be sent to community organisations that have nominated people for the register on Monday 17 June 2019.
Questions in relation to the evaluation or support to complete the survey contact Kathryn Logan at The Centre for Evaluation and Research on 03 9096 0953. For other queries about the questions about the review please contact
Information sharing
New Zealand is a country to watch with innovative policy moving from the traditional budget focus of economics and infrastructure to including a stronger importance on their peoples wellbeing and the environment. Jacinda Adern said “while economic growth is important - and something we will continue to pursue - it alone does not guarantee improvements to our living standards.” “Our five Wellbeing Budget priorities show how we have broadened our definition of success for our country to one that incorporates not just the health of our finances, but also of our natural resources, people and communities.”
For full details on the New Zealand Wellbeing Budget 2019 and priorities follow this link.
ACOSS ANALYSIS: Election 2019: Big Tax Cuts means big change, how will our future be funded?
ACOSS is releasing new analysis of the Federal Budget and warning that there is a trade-off between large tax cuts – especially the $300 billion in tax cuts proposed by the Coalition – and sustaining the essential health, education and community services. For full details of ACOSS response follow this link.
Early in 2019 Southern Mallee PCP conducted a Communication Survey to check in on how Southern Mallee PCP partners felt about communication they were receiving and what they would like in the future.  It was pleasing to see 55.6% are very satisfied and 44.4% are satisfied with the communication methods and that 77.8% said the communication received is relevant to partnership activity they are connected to and their field of work.
A summary of the Southern Mallee PCP Communication Survey 2019 is available via this link.
The Victorian Governments Supporting our Regions to Adapt program examined climate change projections and existing adaptation projects and strategies. From consultation with community members, businesses, researchers and government bodies in each region they assessed priorities for communities based on the impacts they’re facing as well as their needs and values. In early 2018, DELWP completed climate change gap analyses in six regions across the state. Reports now available present a high-level summary of the analysis in Loddon Mallee and provides a snapshot of impacts, actions, gaps and priorities in the region. 
Regional Adaption Snapshot Loddon Mallee is available at this link.
Climate-Ready Victoria. Loddon Mallee report
Interesting reading: Humanising Health and Climate Change
Contact Us

Bronwyn Hogan | Executive Officer | 03 5033 9984 | 0427 554 409

Eden Templeton | Health Promotion Project Officer | 03 5033 9981

Sallie Amy | Administration Support | 0437 608 609

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