Virtual International Conference: Gender Justice in Disaster: Inspiring Action

Thur 6 May – Thur 27 May 2021
Live online via Zoom

This conference will bring a gender lens to critical issues of contemporary emergency. It will inspire action at the intersect of gender and sustainable Aboriginal land management, climate change activism, discrimination against LGBTIQA+ people, the representation of women in leadership, violence against women, and more. Participants will hear from more than 30 researchers, policy makers and people with lived experience from across Australia, New Zealand and other countries.

The eight days of conference programming include keynote speakers, The Wheeler Centre Launch, and the ‘Lead-in’ sessions in April. The conference will be held on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in 90-minute sessions via Zoom. Hosted by the Gender and Disaster Pod, this conference is a partnership project between Women’s Health Goulburn North East, Women’s Health in the North, and the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative. Register now!

  • Lead-in Sessions—Thursdays in April. Thirty-minute lead-in sessions with Australian and international experts, enriched by those with lived experience, will be held every Thursday in April, with recordings shared to delegates on social media—visit the Gender and Disaster Pod on Facebook.
    • Recorded discussion—Amanda Kelly, CEO of Women’s Health Goulburn North East, hosted an online discussion with Kinglake residents Daryl Taylor and Jodie Thornycroft in which they reflected on disaster risk and recovery for women, men and children one decade on from Black Saturday. You can watch the one-hour discussion on YouTube (27 April 2021).
  • Conference Launch—‘Women at the Edge: Disaster And Beyond’ (in-person and live-streamed event)—Tue 4 May, 6.307.30 pm. Taking place at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, this event asks Dr Niki Vincent (Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector), Dr Meagan Tyler (Centre for People, Organisation and Work) and others how we take action on gender justice in disaster and why we need to. The event will be moderated by Commander Donna Wheatley (Fire Rescue Victoria), and presented by the Wheeler Centre, Women’s Health Goulburn North East and the Gender and Disaster Pod. Regional participants have the option of registering to watch the event online. Register now!
  • The ConferenceThur 6 May Thur 27 May. The conference will be held on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in 90-minute sessions via Zoom.

Online training: Ovens Murray MARAM Collaborative Practice

Wed 12 May and Thur 13 May, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Tue 25 May and Thur 27 May, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Thur 3 Jun and Fri 4 Jun, 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Mon 21 Jun and Wed 23 Jun, 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 (two x three-hour sessions) will again be offered via the Zoom platform but this time on a ‘whole of catchment’ basis. Register now! If you require assistance with the registration process, please email

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.