September / 2017 Reach Newsletter
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Spotlight on Health Literacy

Dr Lucio Naccarella, Helen O'Regan-Tabart and Roselie Morey with their poster presentation.
On Monday 7th August 2017, South West PCP staff and members were invited to present a poster at the Primary Health Care Conference in Brisbane.
The conference showcased many exciting research papers, evidence based practice, policy management and consumer perspectives, which assisted in gaining insight into how Primary Health Care is delivered and increase its effectiveness.

In 2016, South West PCP, in partnership with the University of Melbourne, held it's inaugural Organisational Health Literacyworkforce training, with 14 member organisations participating. This training is designed to empower participants to be change agents at an individual and organisational level. While the strengths of partnership and leadership are acknowledged, a Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle is applied to transition training theory into practice.
"Lyndoch Living has been supported by Helen, who has delivered the training for the Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle. This training has seen staff using the Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle to identify areas for improvement, implement changes, evaluate and maintain sustainability of the change" says Lyndoch Living Education Manager, Roselie Morey. "The cycle is a systematic approach and is very user friendly, making it easy to embed across the organisation and maintain momentum for the continuous improvement cycle, which is imperative for Lyndoch Living to meet accreditation requirements and for continual growth". 
To view the poster presentation, click here.

CEO's and Managers are invited to attend a workshop: 
The Ripple Effect - Strengthening Consumer Outcomes,
presented in partnership with the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.
When: Tues 31st October 2017
Time: 10am - 2:30pm
Please see flyer here for further information, including RSVP details.
For further information on Health Literacy workforce training, contact Helen O'Regan-Tabart via emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Community News

Connecting with Carers -
Great South Coast

Do you care for someone with a mental health condition?
Are you over 18 years old and living in the Great South Coast Region of Victoria?
Do you have 15 minutes to have your say about improving carer support?
Yes? Then Leadership Great South Coast needs you!
We recognise that a carer's role is incredibly valuable but can also be challenging. This survey has been designed to better understand your needs as a carer.
Complete the anonymous survey by clicking here.
If you would like further information, or to request a hard copy of the survey, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC)
Small Grants for Rural Communities is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities, including projects that address:

  • Strong leadership and community capacity
  • Sustainable community infrastructure
  • Equitable access to opportunities
  • Vibrant local economies
Grants of up to $5000 are available for projects that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. For more information, visit the website here.

Mercy Foundation Grants
Expressions of interest in the Mercy Foundation's 2017-18 Grants to End Homelessness program are now open.
These grants are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness, by supporting housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions.
For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit the websitehere.

ACOSS National Conference 2017
The 2017 ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, sees community leaders, policy makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia.
To find out more, or to register, visit the conference website here.

Eat Well! Move Well! Be Well! Spring EOI
Corangamite Shire is seeking activities for its Eat Well! Move Well! Be Well! Spring program from 21-28 October 2017. This program is conducted by Corangamite Shire in partnership with community groups and organisations and offers activities to helpincrease the number of Corangamite Shire residents involved inphysical activity, healthy eating and good mental health.
The Spring program will be held from 21st October until 28th October 2017. To register an activity, download the expression of interest form here and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view Friday 29th September.
For more information, phone 5593 7100.

Supporting Resilient Workers 

When: Thursday 28th September 2017
Time: 9:30am - 4pm 
Where: Warrnambool Bowls Club, 75 Timor St, Warrnambool 
Cost: $250 pp
RSVP: Fiona Meade on
0452 040 997

This training provides information, skills development and reflection exploring vicarious trauma and resilience for workers in helping roles.
For full details, please see flyer here.

Carers Week Celebration

When: Thursday 19th October 2017
Time: 10:30am - 3pm
Where: City Memorial Bowls Club, 50 -58 Cramer st, Warrnambool
RSVP: By Thurs 12th October on 1800 052 222

Carers of people with disability, frail aged, mental health or chronic illness are invited to attend the Carers Week celebration "The King, The Queen and a Whole Lotta Cash".
For full details of the event, please see flyer here

'Get Amongst It' EOI

When: 13th October 2017 
Time: 11am - 4pm 
Where: Civic Green, Liebig St, Warrnambool
Contact: Alanna Bond on 5560 3000

Wellways and South West Healthcare will again be hosting 'Get Amongst It' on the Civic Green for Mental Health Week. This event aims to bring services together to raise awareness about the importance of having good mental health and developing connections to community.
If you would like to be involved, please download this form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 22nd September.

Out of the Shadows & into the Light Walk

When: Sunday 10th September 2017
Time: 6am - 8am
Where: Warrnambool Foreshore Pavillion
Contact: Bess Slater on
5559 0555

Lifeline South West Vic's 'Out of the Shadows & into the Light' walk will see local community members gather at the Warrnambool foreshore on World Suicide Prevention Day. Join us as we walk to raise awareness, remember those lost to suicide and unite in a commitment to prevent further deaths by suicide.
For further information, contact bess Slater at Lifeline SWV on 5559 0555.

First Aid Training

When: Wednesday 13th September 2017
Time: 9am - 5pm
Where: Warrnambool
RSVP: Karingal training on 5562 7333

This nationally accredited unit provides the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. Satisfactory completion of this course will result in a statement of attainment.
To register, please contact Karingal Training on
5562 7333.

NDIS & the Mainstream Health Interface

When: Thursday 28th September 2017
Time: 11:30am - 2:30pm
RSVP: Online only, please click here

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in conjunction with South West PCP will be running a Mainstream Health Interface Forum for Health Professionals, Allied Health Providers, Community Services & GP Practices across the Great South Coast. This forum will provide information on the NDIS, the planning approach, reasonable and necessary and the role of our partners.
Registration is online only, please follow link in flyer here.
For more information, contact Rachael Bond on 5564 5888.

Disclaimer The information published is supplied by SWPCP member agencies. SWPCP takes no ownership of the material provided by member agencies and does not guarantee the accuracy of the material supplied. 

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