COVID-19 vaccines and children 5-11 years of age: What you need to know

Tue 18 Jan 2022, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm AEDT

Parents or guardians who would like to find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for 5–11 year olds can register for a free webinar with Dr Anita Munoz and Associate Professor Margie Danchin, who will discuss the importance of vaccination for this age group.

Topics will include:

  • vaccine safety and side effects for children aged 5–11 years
  • building vaccine confidence with children aged 5–11 years
  • vaccination for children with special needs
  • strategies to manage challenging immunisation encounters.
Hosted by Victoria’s Department of Health, this webinar is for parents, family members and care givers; healthcare workers; and childcare workers and educators. After the presentation, the experts will be able to answer your questions. Register now!

Cultural Safety Training

Wed 16 Feb 2022, 10 am – 3 pm
Thur 17 March 2022, 10 am – 3 pm
Tue 12 April 2022, 10 am – 3 pm

Cultural Safety Training ensures that practitioners provide culturally safe and appropriate care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) has collaborated with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) to facilitate Cultural Safety Workshops for primary healthcare providers and support staff in rural Victoria. These sessions are funded by RWAV and the Department of Health for eligible healthcare providers and healthcare students to attend for free. The workshops are facilitated by VACCHO and will be delivered online. At present, spots are available for the above sessions. Register now!

Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Cardiac Rehab Project

With Aboriginal people at high risk for cardiovascular disease, we are seeking local input to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people in Albury Wodonga and surrounds. If you are a local Aboriginal community member, or know someone who is, we welcome your ideas and suggestions in our short online survey. The survey is anonymous and takes about 5 minutes to complete.Responses will help us gain valuable information to assist in developing a culturally sensitive cardiac rehab program for Aboriginal people in Albury Wodonga and surrounds. Cardiac rehab aims to help people recover after a heart event, procedure or the diagnosis of a heart condition. Cardiac rehab also helps to lower your chances of having heart problems in the future. While Aboriginal people are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, very few Aboriginal people participate in Cardiac Rehab programs. Please share with your networks and encourage community members to complete.

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. 

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.