Online event: Community Engagement in the Digital Age

Thur 17 June 2021
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

The North East Community Engagement Practitioners Network invites you to a free informal online event presented by Charles Sturt University, with presentations from regional professionals and practitioners looking at the issues involved in making community engagement work in the digital space. The online professional development event will focus on digital inclusion, community engagement challenges, and fostering community resilience with community engagement and technology. The event will be held via Zoom, with the link sent to registered participants closer to the date. Register now!

Online training: Ovens Murray MARAM Collaborative Practice

Mon 21 June and Wed 23 June 2021, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Ovens Murray family violence Multi-Agency Risk and Assessment Management (MARAM) Collaborative Practice online sessions are now open for registration. Available from March to June 2021, these sessions will involve local workers in discussions about the MARAM Framework and encourage cross-sector collaboration to increase the safety of family violence victim survivors and keep perpetrators accountable. There will be a strong focus on supporting the organisations due to be prescribed under Phase Two of the framework.

These sessions will again be offered via the Zoom platform (two sessions of three hours each) but this time on a ‘whole of catchment’ basis. Register now!

If you require assistance with the registration process, please email

Integrating Health and Planning 2-day intensive course

Tue 6 July – Wed 7 July 2021
Location is either RMIT Melbourne or online (COVID dependent)

Do you work in a planning or policy role in local government? Are you keen to build your skills in integrating health and planning? Then this is the course for you!

Upper Hume and Central Hume Primary Care Partnerships are pleased to offer the opportunity for local government planners to attend the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies ‘Integrating Health and Planning Intensive’ on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 July 2021.

With guest lectures and discussion from city planning and health experts, this two-day intensive course integrates current research and practice with a focus on tackling 21st century challenges.

Through this course you will explore:

  • Links between urban policy and health risk factors
  • How urban planning, design and policy can contribute to creating healthier communities
  • Theories, key concepts and evidence related to healthy environments
  • How current policy and legislation frameworks in Victoria and Australia link the built environment and health.

Please share this with your local government CEOs, executives and planners and encourage participation in this course. Course fees are free for successful applicants (a saving of $1200). With limited funded places for staff across Ovens Murray’s seven local councils, be sure to apply soon!

For more information, please see the flyer and application form. Apply by filling out the application form and sending it to by Tuesday 22 June 2021. If you have any enquiries, please email UHPCP contact Sophie Rhys at

We will be hosting a two-day intensive in the region in November led by Associate Professor Melanie Davern and based on the video material created in this course.

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)

Alternative Therapies to Chemical Restraint
Mon 31 May 2021
11.30 am – 12.30 pm AEST

Dementia and other cognitive conditions can cause changes in behaviour, and medications are often prescribed to manage these behaviours. However, chemical restraint should only be used as a last resort. Alternative approaches, such as music therapy, when tailored to the individual, are more effective and provide better outcomes for the older person. These alternatives are based on a person-centred approach to care. In this free webinar, our panel of experts will explore some alternatives to medications, and how they can be integrated into care environments. 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.

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.