Online discussions: A Conversation Hour

‘A Conversation hour’ is a free weekly online event that brings together people from across the Ovens Murray and beyond to explore ideas that matter. Hosted each week by Dr Kathleen Brasher, each discussion usually features two guest speakers with input invited from participants via chat or video/audio. 

Prior to the event, please email your RSVP to and your Zoom link will be provided.

To access recordings and resources mentioned from past sessions of ‘A Conversation hour’, please visit our A Conversation Hour page.

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!

Free Drought and Wellbeing Webinars: Tune In and Tune Up

Join Australian Red Cross in a five-part series of free webinars exploring drought and wellbeing. They have invited expert speakers along to share their insights to enable participants to better support their communities, themselves and their loved ones in these tough times. The webinars are free but limited to 500 attendees, so register for one or all five! Download flyer, which includes a bio of each speaker.

If you can’t join any of these sessions, recordings will be available here. Any problems registering, email

1. Maintaining wellbeing through drought & prolonged stress (Wed 17 June—recording available)
In this webinar featuring Dr David Younger, you will gain a greater understanding of the effects and signs of prolonged stress, the science behind stress and practical ways to maintain wellbeing, and support your community and loved ones. Access recording!

2. The drought cycle; adaptation and strengthening resilience (Wed 1 July—recording available)
Hear about the drought cycle, the cumulative challenges communities often face and key
considerations at different stages of the drought cycle. Learn a bit about the psychology around adaptation in the face of this long-term stress and how to strengthen resilience and manage wellbeing through tough times. Speakers include Dr Jacki Schirmer and Dr David Younger. Register now!

3. Wellbeing after the rains (Wed 15 July, 10–11.15 am)
Hear from the Bureau of Meteorology on winter weather predictions and what rain means for the drought. Hear what the research says about wellbeing when communities are seen to be in drought recovery, strategies to help with things beyond your control and how to make the most of every day. Speakers include Dr Lynette Bettio, Dr Jacki Schirmer and Dr Kate Gunn. Register now!

4. Family wellbeing in the face of ongoing stress (Wed 29 July, 10–11.15 am)
Hear what the research tells us about adult relationships, family roles and children’s experience through droughts, alongside practical tips on how to support children as well as adult relationships. Speakers include Dr Margaret Alston, Stephanie Schmidt and Dr Margaret Nixon. Register now!

5. Preparing for tough times (Wed 12 August, 10–11.15 am)
Listen to an introduction on preparedness in the drought space and the importance of preparing the mind for challenging times. The webinar includes tools and tips to support drought resilience and preparedness. Speakers include Dr Jacki Schirmer, Dr Mel Taylor and Shannon McCormack. Register now!

Online program: Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia is providing an online program of Family Information and Support Sessions—to view the program for Victoria, download the flyer for April to June 2020.

The National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 is also available for information and support.

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.