VicHealth is offering grants to support the health and wellbeing of Victorians hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The Reimagining Health: A VicHealth Partnership Grant round will provide a total funding pool of $2.5 million. Through the grants, VicHealth will work with local partners to fund local solutions to improve physical and mental health.

Grants of up to $3000, $10 000 or $50 000 will be available for local organisations that can support young people (aged 0-25 years) or Victorians experiencing disadvantage, by creating meaningful social connection, providing opportunities for physical activity or by addressing food insecurity.

VicHealth is looking for ideas that create immediate impact and reimagine health and wellbeing in 2020 and 2021. They want to hear from a range of local organisations that can support Victorians hardest hit by the health and wellbeing impacts of coronavirus, including sports clubs, art organisations or community groups. VicHealth is looking to support new or existing ideas as well as help amplify projects or ideas that are already in place in order to reach more Victorians.

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 live every Thursday from 12.30 to 1.15 pm. 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 program: Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia has been providing an online program of Family Information and Support Sessions—upcoming dates to be advised.

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.