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January 2020
Welcome to a new year and a new decade!  We hope you are able to commence the New Year refreshed and recharged after the Christmas break.  We take this opportunity to acknowledge and extend our deepest sympathy to all those affected by our national bush fire crisis, collectively as a nation the sense of grief among us is palpable. 

There's been interest across the partnership in the VicHealth Partnership Grants, with some partnerships looking to apply for the Healthier Masculinities Partnership Grant and the Ideas Partnership Grant across the Southern Mallee. 

We look forward to our year ahead including;
  • Continued contributions into advocacy for the future of Victorian Primary Care Partnerships
  • A focus on our place based Local Government Area partnerships
  • SMPCP Gender Equity Forum 19th March 2020
Primary Care Partnership Advocacy Update
KPMG were appointed to conduct a review of PCPs across the state and a report is expected early this year.  The review included surveys, completed by the SMPCP Team and Partner Organisations, key initiatives, projects and ways of working shared and four site visits across the state to showcase the important work of PCPs.

Southern Mallee PCP will continue advocacy efforts demonstrating the value and need for our collaborative partnership work. 
Promoting Gender Equity in the Swan Hill District – Swan Hill District Gender Equity Network Guiding Document

If you haven’t had a chance to peruse the Swan Hill District Gender Equity Network Guiding Document for Promoting Gender Equity in the Swan Hill District.  Click here:

For further information, please contact
Responses Required for Family Violence Workforce Census
The Victorian Family Violence Workforce Census has been extended until 28 February.
This census is for every person who comes into contact with victims or perpetrators of family violence in the course of their work, even if it’s only sometimes or fleetingly. 

Specifically requiring more responses from those working in:
  • Disability
  • Community legal services
  • Young people/youth services
  • Homelessness, housing and community housing
  • Aboriginal health and well-being
  • Community health
This is your chance to make your voice heard, and let policymakers know the issues and challenges you face in the workplace. The aim being to continue to improve family violence prevention and response in Victoria. Please share with those in your network. 

The census takes 15 minutes, and remains anonymous
Gender Equity Advocacy Toolkit
An excellent and thorough Toolkit with some great influential tips and ideas for the advocacy and promotion of gender equity has been developed by Gender Equity Victoria.  See link below:
Prevent X 2020
Domestic Violence and Resource Centre Victoria is holding their annual conference for the primary prevention of violence against women and family violence on April 1st this year.  Over 30 sector leaders, content experts and fellow minded peers will provide the opportunity to meaningfully engage and participate in an interactive day. 

Participants attending Prevent X 2020 are promised to leave invigorated, connected and ready to regenerate their work in primary prevention.

Please click the link for further information.
This Girl Can Week  23-29 March 2020

This Girl Can Week is dedicated to encouraging more women to give physical activity a shot, or return to activity after a break, designed to inspire women to get active. Whether that’s to try something new, return to a long-lost activity or visit your local activity providers for a friendly catch-up.

Click the link to find out more; This Girl Can Week 2020

Mental Health Measures with Bushfire crisis
For referrals for support and or assistance :
Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Mental Health Victoria is proud to present the Mental Health Across the Lifespan 2020 Conference.

With multiple Royal Commissions and Inquiries currently underway, there has never been a better time to work together towards an integrated, accessible and trusted mental health system for all, where leaders & innovators across the mental health & related sectors can come to:
  • explore ways to transform mental healthcare & suicide prevention across the lifespan​
  • explore life stages
  • look across the sector to the broader reforms required.​

March 17-18 
Pullman Melbourne
Learn more and register


FebFast is for the month of February and challenges people to call time-out on alcohol, sugar or another vice  for the month of February – all to support disadvantaged young people aged 12 to 25 across Australia.

Kick-start the year with a little good health and good will.

Benefits include:

Across Australia, thousands of people give up alcohol or sugar for the month of February to raise $1,000,000 for young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.  Click for further information:

Healthy Eating

How healthy are your foods and drinks?
Find out with FoodChecker!

FoodChecker is the free Victorian Government website that helps you assess the foods and drinks provided in your organisation, and get recommendations for healthier changes.

More than 2700 people from over 1400 organisations have used FoodChecker to find out if the foods and drinks they supply align with the Victorian Government Healthy Choices guidelines.
Vic Health Funding Available NOW
Vic Health has the following funding opportunites for a diverse range of organisations to propel community well-being and health promotion initiatives for 2020.
The VicHealth Partnership Grants, are open until February 2020. 
Opportunities include;
  • Healthier Masculinities Partnership Grant
  • Alcohol Culture Change Partnership Grant
  • Art of Good Health Partnership Grant
  • Everyday Creativity Partnership Grant
  • Ideas Partnership Grant
  • Research Partnership Grant
  • Active Club Grant
Koorie Youth Summit 2020

The Koorie Youth Summit is a space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to gather from around the state to connect with each other, discuss what is important, be proud, learn, and share.
Designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 18-28 living in Victoria, to be held on 2-5 April.

Click the link for more information:
National Health and Medical Research Council Grant Funding Open

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is currently calling for submissions for the first competitive NHMRC grant funding to look at the biology of ME/CFS since 2003. This funding will be released later in 2020.
MARAM (Multi Agency and Risk Assessment and Management Framework)  Training

The Centre for Excellence are running some  the much anticipated MARAM Screening and Identification and MARAM Briefing and Intermediate training this year.
The training is targeted to very specific workforces:
  • MARAM Screening and Identification training will only be offered to the Antenatal staff/ midwives and Care Services (previously OOHC), and Maternal and Child Health workforces
  • MARAM Briefing and Intermediate training will be offered to the Child FIRST/ Family Services, Alcohol and Other Drug Services, Homelessness and Designated Mental Health workforces.
Please click for more information here. Whilst noted there are no listed sessions in Mildura or Swan Hill currently, tentative regional sessions have been planned for and we will update you with information as received.
Diversity & Inclusion - Free Webinars 
Centre for Cultural, Ethnicity and Health has a series of free webinars in the new year to support and build knowledge of inclusive practice.  The webinar sessions are as follows;

February 20:      Diversity & inclusion strategies to make your workers more motivated & satisfied

March 19:           Practical strategies to reduce your unconscious bias 

April 16:              How to encourage migrants & refugees to use your services 
Management of Heat
We regularly have heat health alerts where the forecast conditions may cause an increase in heat related illnesses in the community.
Extreme heat can affect anyone. Pregnant women, people with a pre-existing medical condition, people aged over 65 and children and babies are most at risk.
Organisations should monitor local weather conditions using the Bureau of Meteorology’s Heatwave Service for Australia and respond in accordance with their heat plans. Individuals should also prepare for the heat.
 Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster.
Heatwave Service for Australia - Bureau of Meteorology
Heat health status - Department of Health and Human Services
VicEmergency - incidents and warnings
Survive the heat - Better Health Channel
Drink more waterDrink more water 
Never leave kids, older people or pets in cars  Never leave kids, adults or pets in cars 
Check in on othersCheck in on others
Keep coolKeep cool
Plan aheadPlan ahead
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Climate Change 

With so much media coverage on the topic of climate change, we've included some links of documents you may be interested in.

Regional Adaptation Snapshot - Loddon Mallee 2017-2018  
Regional Adaptation Snapshot Loddon Mallee 

Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020

The Australian Government Climate Change Authority provided independent, expert advice on climate change policy, established under the Climate change Authority Act 2011

The Federal Government’s Climate Solutions Package to deliver on Australia’s 2030 climate commitments.  See here:

 Australia’s 2030 Climate Change Target
The Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy
Contact Us

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

Eden Templeton | Health Promotion Project Officer | 03 5033 9981 | 0419 590 291

Toni Poltrock | Communication Officer | 03 5033 9980

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