Week 7: ‘Who’s sitting around the campfire?’
Thur 11 June, 12 noon to 1 pm
In our next ‘A Conversation hour’, Dr Kathleen Brasher will discuss ‘Who’s sitting around the campfire?’ with Ms Amanda Kelly (CEO, Women’s Health Goulburn North East) and Mr Errol Obran (Youth worker, Corryong Neighbourhood Centre). Download flyer.
Prior to the event, please email your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and your Zoom link will be provided. ‘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. Please share this event with your networks.
Past online discussions: A Conversation Hour
Dr Kathleen Brasher once again spoke with Ms Sarah Crosthwaite (Community Resilience Co-ordinator, UHPCP), along with Mr Paul Ryan (Australian Resilience Centre), who has recently presented a Resilience webinar series for community members on behalf of the Goulburn Broken CMA. This session, held on 4 June 2020, extended some of the themes commenced in the previous week’s session, building on the comment made by Michelle Dunscombe (Fire Foxes Australia, Kinglake)—‘I’m over resilience’. Listen to recording.
Dr Kathleen Brasher discussed ‘Authentic disaster recovery and post-traumatic growth’ with Michelle Dunscombe (the Fire Foxes, Kinglake) and Sarah Crosthwaite (Community Resilience Co-ordinator, UHPCP) (28 May 2020). Listen to recording.
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!
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.
1. Maintaining wellbeing through drought & prolonged stress (Wed 17 June, 10–11 am)
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. Register now!
2. The drought cycle; adaptation and strengthening resilience (Wed 1 July, 10–11 am)
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!
Webinars: Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)
Upcoming OPAN webinars
Community Visitors Scheme & social connection during COVID-19
Wed 10 June, 3–4 pm AEST
Hear from experts about combatting social isolation and loneliness during COVID-19. Register now!
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.
Research invitation: What do older people want from their health care?
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.