Welcome to the communication bulletin of Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership.

- 23 March 2016 -

In this edition:

Dementia + Community Care Conference

The Dementia + Community Care Conference offers the opportunity to focus on both policy and practice issues. The conference is suitable for all professionals working with people with dementia in Community Care settings.

Conference sessions include:
  • Changing our minds about people whose minds are changing
  • Elder abuse - beyond the headlines
  • Dementia & Assistive Technologies (AT) in Community Care
  • Assessing Social Functioning in Dementia - The BASS as a potential screening tool
When: 20 - 21 April
Time: 9:15am - 4:30pm
Where: Main Grandstand,
Caulfield Racecourse
Station Street, Caulfiled North

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Back to Me - Women's Family Violence Recovery Group

Back to Me is an 8 week therapeutic group for women who have experienced family violence. The program is run with the Inner South Community Health Family Violence program and the Salvation Army.

When: Tuesday 12 April - 31 May
Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm
Where: Upstairs at Access Health (Salvation Army Crisis Services)
31 Grey St, St Kilda

For further information, or if you or someone your're working with, would like to come to the group, please contact:

Megan on 9536 7797
(Salvation Army-Family Violence Services)
Danielle on 9525 1300
(Inner South Community Health)

Interested clients will be invited to a face-to-face assessment at the site prior to enrolling.

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Public Sector Innovation Fund

The Victorian Government's Public Sector Innovation Fund supports projects that test new approaches to solving complex policy challenges and delivering public value.

Project grants are provided to transform innovative ideas into better outcomes for Victorians. The grants seek to foster a dynamic environment of collaboration within the Victorian public sector.

Grant applications should respond to Victorian Government policy priorities and reflect the principles and approaches of public sector reform.

The Innovation Fund is open to applications from any organisation working with or within the Victorian public sector and can be submitted at any time.

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New disability respite facility

Victoria's Minister for Housing, Disability, Ageing, Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP recently assisted in officially opening Jewish Care Victoria’s new disability respite facility, The Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre in Caulfield in front of 150 guests.

Mr Foley spoke about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and praised Jewish Care’s preparation for this significant change in delivering disability services.  
(L to R) Mike Debinski - Jewish Care President,
Michelle Coppel - major donor
Michael Coppel - major donor and Martin Foley MP 

Created with the needs of carers and clients in mind, the new facility provides better access to regular short-term respite. The centre caters for up to five children and five adults in separate and secure houses where the focus is on person-centred care.

The Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Centre is the first project of six to be completed over ten years as part of Jewish Care’s visionary Capital Campaign, Growing. For Our Community – a $180 million investment.  
The Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre is located at 476-478 Glen Eira Road, Caulfield.  

For further information and bookings, please contact Jewish Care on (03) 8517 5999, info@jewishcare.org.au or visit www.jewishcare.org.au/growing

Second Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal Health Conference - Save the date

The second Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal Health Conference will be held on October 13th and 14th 2016 in Shepparton. Please save the date to your calendars now.

More details will be posted on the Goulburn Valley PCP website when available.

Monash University Clinic for Children and Youth (MUCCY)

Monash University Clinic for Children and Youth (MUCCY), currently run programs designed for children who would benefit from a little extra practice with fine motor activities relevant to their school participation and transition.

The program can also benefit children who need help with:
  • organising themselves or their possessions
  • starting and finishing tasks
  • confidence to have a go
  • asking for help 
  • following instructions
More information:
9904 4023 or muccy-pen@monash.edu

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Introducing Maggolee

Maggolee is a new website which provides information on each local government's engagement with the Aboriginal community. There is also information on local Traditional owners and Aboriginal organisations, key contacts, demographic data, and services.

Maggolee is a joint project between Reconciliation Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and Local Government Victoria (LGV).

To view the website, visit www.maggolee.org.au

Kingston Parent Sessions

City of Kingston Youth Services are hosting two upcoming information sessions of interest to parents of adolescents.

The ABCD Parenting Program targets parents of 10 - 14 year olds and will help participants to:
  • Understand their teen
  • Improve communication
  • Negotiate boundaries
  • Solve problems and deal with risky behaviors
When: 14 April (3 weeks)
Time: 7:00 - 9:30pm
Where: Aspendale Gardens Community Centre
103 - 105 Kearney Drive, Aspendale Gardens

Bookings essential by April 4:
1300 369 436 or youth.services@kingston.vic.gov.au

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School refusal: an information session for parents will provide parents and teachers with an understanding of this complex issue as well as a range of strategies they can use to assist their children.

The information session will address:
  • What is school refusal?
  • How common is it?
  • Types of school refusers
  • Why children refuse to go to school
  • The symptoms school refusers present with
  • Short and long term consequences of school refusal
  • What parents can do (practical strategies)
Bookings essential by April 18:
1300 369 436 or youth.services@kingston.vic.gov.au

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Calling Victoria’s Best Early Childhood Professionals

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Victorian Early Years Awards. The awards recognise exceptional contributions made by individuals and initiatives which have improved the learning, development, health and wellbeing of young children and their families. 

Categories for this year are:
  • Improving access and participation in early learning
  • Supporting parents to build their capacity and confidence
  • Creating collaborative community partnerships
  • Promoting children’s health and wellbeing
  • Early childhood teacher of the year
Winners in each category will receive between $10,000 and $15,000 to go towards enhancing their work.

Nominations will be accepted until 4pm Friday, 13 May 2016, with the winners will be announced by Ms Mikakos in October, as part of Children’s Week.

Find out more or submit a nomination at www.education.vic.gov.au/earlyyearsawards.

Auslan storytime

Bayside library service is incorporating Auslan storytime into their regular Thursday sessions at Brighton Library.

All are welcome to join in and experience a visual language on the fourth Thursday of every month.

When: 4th Thursday of the month
Time: 10:30am
Where: 14 Wilson Street

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SMPCP acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work, the Boon Wurrung people. We pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders, past, present and future and uphold their relationship to this land.

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