Online event: Physically distant, socially connected—Navigating real-world and online social connection
Thur 30 September 2021, 10 am – 11.30 am
Zoom (link will be provided via email prior to the event)
Celebrate the International Day of Older Persons by joining an online conversation about the way we connect and build relationships in the real and online worlds. This year’s international theme, “Digital Equity for All Ages”, emphasises access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older people. In this conversation we’ll explore how, in a COVID-shaped world, older people are fostering social connection online and in the real world.
Join our host Dr Kathleen Brasher and guest panellists as we explore the motivations, successes and challenges in connecting online and maintaining real-world relationships.
- Rod Farr, President, U3A Albury Wodonga
- Coral Love, Mudgegonga resident with experience working with community groups across Australia
- Jenny Steer, Wangaratta Digital Hub volunteer
Everyone is welcome at this free event hosted by the Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership and Age-friendly North East Victoria. Register now! We also encourage you to download the flyer and share with your networks.
For more details, please contact James at email@example.com or on 0427 659 721
COVID-19 Vaccine Update: for people with underlying health conditions
People with underlying medical conditions, their carers and the workforce are invited to join the Victorian Department of Health’s upcoming free COVID-19 vaccine webinar. Join Dr Steven Lu, Prof Grant McArthur, Craig Burnett, Dr Tricia Wright and Deborah Mihelyi to further explore the importance of COVID-19 vaccination.
The webinar will focus on:
- effects of COVID-19, long COVID and new variants on people vulnerable and at high risk of COVID-19
- vaccine development and types of vaccines available
- vaccine safety and side effects
- vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions
- the latest update on the vaccine rollout.
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 2021—you can view the launch here and a news story by Aged Care Guide here. To access the training, visit OPAN’s free online Knowledge Hub—enter ‘Abuse of the older person’ into the search field. Any questions about the course can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share with health and allied health peers, colleagues and networks.
National consumer insights survey: Reimagining healthcare in Australia—The role of digital in future health delivery
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.
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!
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.
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.