16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Wed 25 November to Thur 10 December 2020

For this year’s 16 Days of Activism, Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) is supporting communities to move beyond awareness raising, and towards tangible action, weaving women’s rights and gender equality into our lives, work, communities and world.

Their campaign this year is designed to encourage as much community participation and ownership of this transformative work across the Goulburn Valley and north-east Victoria region as possible.

Get involved with the WHGNE’s campaign:

  • a region-wide calendar of 16 Days of Activism events, as organised and hosted by councils, community groups, organisations and businesses
  • a social media and print media advocacy campaign, focusing on seven spheres of change towards gender equality in the world of work, and what local government, workplaces and individuals can do to affect change
  • a presentation for use by organisations, councils and workplaces to increase staff understanding of gender equity principles, how they relate to the workplace and what they look like in action
  • an online panel discussion in collaboration with The Wheeler Centre on Wednesday 25 November, 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm
    Women at the Edge: Economics and Beyondwhich will explore gender equality in the local economic space. 

National survey: Family violence perpetrator focused screening and risk assessment

Do you provide services to men for a specialist men’s or mainstream service (e.g. Mental Health, AOD, Child Protection, Corrections, Police or Men’s Behaviour Change Program)? If so, the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre would like to hear about your screening practices for family violence. Please contribute your Ovens Murray knowledge and experiences to this important national survey—it takes only 5–10 minutes. Complete survey now!

Webinars: Primary Care Diabetes Webinar Series

Healthcare professionals are invited to a series of lunchtime webinars organised by the National Association of Diabetes Centres in partnership with the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia. Tune in free every Thursday from 12.30 to 1.15 pm through to November 2020. Held since August, the webinars are free to join and cover a variety of topics and a range of speakers. Certificates will be available as evidence of Continuing Professional Development. Watch the replay of past webinars or register for upcoming webinars here.

Online discussions: A Conversation Hour

Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership has now completed its inaugural season of these weekly online discussions, which brought together people from across the Ovens Murray and beyond to explore ideas that matter. Hosted by Dr Kathleen Brasher, each discussion featured two or more guest speakers with input invited from participants via chat or video/audio. This series began in late April and continued until the end of August 2020, spanning 18 sessions. Visit our ‘A Conversation Hour’ webpage to access the audio recordings of most of the sessions, along with details of resources mentioned in each session. 

Training: COVID-19 infection control training

Health care workers in all settings are invited to complete this 30-minute online module to receive COVID-19 infection control training provided by the Australian Government Department of Health. The module covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Register now!

Online information and support: Dementia

  • Dementia Australia is providing online education sessions for family and friends of those diagnosed with dementia. To view the program for Victoria, download the flyer for November to December 2020.
  • Coping with changes in behaviours—Online—Vic, Tue 17 Nov 2020, 1.30 – 4 pm. Register now!
  • The National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 is also available for information and support.

Recorded OPAN webinars

Webinars: Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)

Recorded OPAN webinars

Navigating aged care can be tricky. People are often unaware of how to begin their journey when entering aged care, and finding information on how to change/update services is not always easy.

The Older Persons Advocacy Network is hosting a series of webinars to give older people a practical introduction on how to enter aged care, including how to contact My Aged Care, arrange an assessment and choose services appropriate to their living situation.

Watch the recorded webinars:

  • Webinar 1: Planning your aged care journey
  • Webinar 2: Introduction to ‘My Aged Care’: the Australian Government’s starting point on your aged care journey
  • Webinar 3: Getting your needs assessed for aged care services
  • Webinar 4: Aged care support and service options
  • Webinar 5: Begin your aged care services
  • Webinar 6: Reassessing your service and support requirements and accessing advocacy

Register for updates about upcoming webinars.

Download the My Aged Care Journey Road Map.

All Victorians over the age of 65, and their carers (regardless of age), are invited to participate in an important survey to discuss health care preferences, expectations and priorities. The input will inform a report that will be provided to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to assist them in developing health policy that is informed by older people.

View the online survey here; if you would like a hardcopy survey, see the flyer for details. The survey will take about 15–20 minutes to complete. Survey participants will go in the draw to win one of five $40 Coles Myer gift vouchers.

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) is working with the DHHS to develop a better understanding of what is important to older people in Victoria in relation to their health and wellbeing needs at key points in their later life.