Online training program: Abuse Of The Older Person

Health and allied health workers are encouraged to access the new ‘Abuse of the older person’ self-paced online training program created by the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN). This initiative was launched on 7 July 2021you can view the launch here and a news story by Aged Care Guide here. To access the training, visit OPAN’s free online Knowledge Hubenter ‘Abuse of the older person’ into the search field. Any questions about the course can be directed to Please share with health and allied health peers, colleagues and networks. 

National consumer insights survey: Reimagining healthcare in AustraliaThe role of digital in future health delivery National virtual health care survey

As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic there has been a rapid acceleration in advances of virtual health. Virtual health uses digital technologies to deliver a broad range of health and community-based services to improve and support your health and wellbeing. It is not just limited to using telehealth services but extends to such things as wearing health supporting gadgets and sensors, from mobile health apps to artificial intelligence, from robotic carers to electronic records. It is diverse and broad in its application and is constantly growing and diversifying.

A first-of-its-kind national survey was launched in June 2021 to gather consumer feedback on virtual health technologies. The results of this survey will shape future service development and research as part of the larger Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre project ‘Reimagining healthcare in Australia: the journey from telehealth to 21st century design’. If you would like to help inform the next stage of our digitally enabled health system, complete the survey now!

To read more about the partnership between Digital Health CRC, Curtin University, Deloitte and Consumers Health Forum of Australia, see the media release.

Online courses: Gender Equity

Women’s Health Victoria has a number of Online Gender Equity Courses now available to enrol in at low cost. Enrol now!

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!

Webinar Series: Primary Care Diabetes

Healthcare professionals are invited to a series of weekly lunchtime Primary Care Diabetes webinars organised by the National Association of Diabetes Centres in partnership with the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia. A range of topics and speakers is available to all healthcare professionals live and free, fortnightly on Thursdays from 12.30 pm to 1.15 pm through to December 2021. All previous Primary Care Diabetes webinar episodes can be accessed through their Primary Care Diabetes library.

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.
  • 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.