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

- 15 October 2020 -

In this edition:

Video produced to thank essential workers

During COVID-19 our essential workers have adapted, changed and responded like no others. SMPCP wanted to acknowledge all their hard behind-the-scenes work and let them know we see and appreciate all that they have done and continue to do.

With the help of our partners, we produced a short thank-you video. We encourage you to share this among your networks. 

Thanks to Bayside City Council, Victoria, City of Kingston, Caulfield Community Health Service, Stonnington City Council, Central Bayside Community Health Services and Highett Neighbourhood Community House for your contributions to this video.

View the thank-you video...


Kingston's Woman of the Year Awards 2021

The City of Kingston is seeking nominations for Kingston's Woman of the Year Awards 2021.

Nominees should be leaders in their field who inspire others and make a difference to the community through their exceptional professional or personal achievements in the following categories:
  • courageous commitment
  • excelling in arts and sport
  • inspiring innovation
  • success in STEM
Make a nomination online...

More information including eligibility...

Social Isolation and Social Prescribing webinar series

Open to all healthcare and social care sectors, researchers and policy makers, this three part series of online lunchtime forums includes:

  • a mix of research
  • learnings from trials and implemented services
  • an opportunity to collate what is being done across Victoria
The webinars are a great opportunity to hear and liaise with others working or interested in this area. 

Webinar 1
 Thursday 29 October
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Download flyer...

More information...

Register online...


Financial and other support for COVID-19

Food relief announcement

Over $11.3 million has been announced to boost food relief activities for vulnerable Victorians.

A new $5 million Community Food Relief Fund will provide one-off grants of up to $75,000 to support local community organisations supplying food to Victorians in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

This funding will assist with a range of challenges – such as helping develop innovative food relief delivery models to support COVID safe practices.

More information...

Doubling hardship support

The Victorian Government is also doubling the assistance payment for those experiencing significant financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The program provides support for temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants with little or no income, savings or community support.

More information...

Greek peer support group

PRONIA provides vital services to the Australian-Greek community. The new telephone group chat and monthly family violence webinars encourage peer support, general wellbeing, communication and engagement during COVID-19.

The service engages the most vulnerable cohorts of our community – people who do not speak English, elderly, carers, isolated and/or people who do not have access to computers and internet.

The groups are capped at 10 people, are closed and ‘cyclical’ (participants participate for a month). By the end of the cycle participants are linked with each other or into a program/service.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 11:30 am

Download bilingual flyer...

To participate in the telephone
peer support groups: 

Call 9388 9998
and leave name and number.

Casework will call back to provide information about the groups and/or referral to programs/services.

Free infection control training

Victoria University Polytechnic
is offering free, short, nationally accredited training to help customer facing workers identify and manage the ongoing risk of COVID-19 infections.

The course will teach essential skills and knowledge to decrease the risk and transmission of infection while undertaking daily duties, with the Infection Control Skill Sets.

These courses are open to individuals currently employed (paid or voluntary) in Victoria in a customer facing role in sectors such as retail, food handling and transport and logistics.

More information...


Try for 5 campaign

From October 11 – 17 Nutrition Australia's annual campaign Try for 5 encourages Australians to increase their vegetable consumption to the recommended five serves per day.  

The campaign includes a new website with an exclusive collection of
vegetable-focused recipes and tips and a promotional toolkit which encourages people to help make veggie consumption a national priority with the following suggestions:   

  • host a cooking competition using a Try for 5 veggie-packed recipe 
  • have a go at the ‘Cook it, Shoot it, Share it’ competition  
  • share Try for 5 on social media
More information...

Online seniors festival event 
Life and Other Catastrophes
– Life interrupted

This online conversation forms part of Bayside City Council’s Seniors Festival.
It will explore life lessons, personal stories and silver linings through the COVID-19 roadmap.

Attendees are invited to submit questions/topics of interest for the Q&A session when registering. Short stories for sharing are also welcome.

Professor Jane Fisher AO, Finkel Professor of Global and Women's Health at Monash University and guest presenter on ABC Melbourne’s Life and other Catastrophes

When: Tuesday 20 October
Time: 2:00 pm

Register online...

Michelle Kein

VicHealth Coronavirus Victorian Wellbeing Impact Study

During the first lockdown of 2020, VicHealth surveyed 2,000 Victorian adults to explore how their health and wellbeing was affected.

The survey covered general wellbeing, social connection, healthy eating, physical activity, financial hardship, smoking, alcohol consumption, working and home life.

It shows the positive and negative impacts of the first lockdown by age, gender, employment, income, location and community.

A full research report as well as an infographic summary of the report are now available and can be accessed through the link below:

View infographic summary…

More information...

Callout for Christmas wrap and pack volunteers

Impact for Women is putting the callout for volunteers in their annual Christmas Bags of Love donations.

There are positions available for:
  • wrappers and packers
  • drivers
  • people to cut cellophane at home
More information – wrapping & packing...

More information – driving & delivering...

Express interest in cutting & wrapping:

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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