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Speech pathology in schools

The Department of Education and Training are working with community health providers to support government primary schools to increase the capability of primary school teachers to support the children who have speech, language and communication needs.

For further information, visit the Department of Education and Training’s website or contact the department’s School Health Programs and Services Unit on (03) 7022 2429.


Voluntary Assisted Dying

From 19 June 2019, Victorians at the end of life who are suffering and who meet strict eligibility criteria will be able to request access to voluntary assisted dying. 

Online training for medical practitioners about voluntary assisted dying is now available.  

For more information and further resources please visit the department’s website.


Integrated Care training resources available

The department has launched the first of six online resources on integrated care for the health, community and social services workforce. The resources support those wanting to provide high quality integrated care in their network.

The resources can be completed at your own pace and when it suits you. They are free to access.

Once you are logged in, you can access readings, case studies, activities and videos that will extend your understanding of the key principles, concepts and approaches of patient-centred integrated care.

For more information about the resources, or the Victorian Integrated Care Model (currently being piloted in the south eastern Melbourne region), please visit the Victorian Integrated Care Training website


New multilingual resources to improve sexual and reproductive health

50 years - Family planning Victoria

Translated factsheets and animated videos feature in a new suite of multilingual resources produced by Family Planning Victoria (FPV) and the Multicultural Centre for Women's Health (MCWH).

Covering topics of contraception, pregnancy, menstruation and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the materials have been translated into Arabic, Chinese Traditional, Dari, Karen, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, Vietnamese, Hakha Chin, Dari, Somali and Urdu.

The materials are a valuable sexual health resource for group facilitators and group leaders working with women from migrant communities, as well as more broadly. They are available through MCWH’s and FPV’s websites.


New fact sheets on women’s reproductive health translated into community languages

New women’s reproductive health information fact sheets translated into community languages are available on the Better Health Channel and via Health Translations

Links to external websites providing reputable, evidence based factsheets on a range of reproductive health topics translated into community languages can also be found on the Better Health Channel women's sexual and reproductive health pages.

New Resource Hub for health practitioners about unintended pregnancy and abortion

The Centre of Excellence in Rural Sexual Health recently launched a Resource Hub to support health practitioners working in the domain of unintended pregnancy and abortion.

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There are over 100 free resources, tools and materials available, including:

  • establishing medical abortion in your clinic
  • protocol and referral templates
  • information to provide to patients
  • professional learning and support opportunities
  • clinical practice resources and case studies
The Resource Hub was developed in consultation with an Advisory Committee of health practitioners in rural and metropolitan Victoria and aims to be a partnership between organisations and rural practitioners.

Victorian Regional Readiness Fund Grants to support the NDIS workforce and services system

The Victorian Government is providing $1.3 million to support one-off grants to organisations of up to $130,000 each. 

The grants will help deliver services to regional and rural communities, generate local solutions to workforce issues and better support the choices of people with a disability on the NDIS.

Applications close on 12 June 2019.

See eligibility details, guidelines and the application form on the department’s website


Osteosarcopenia: Preventing Falls and Fractures in Older Persons

The University of Melbourne offers an interactive course covering bone and muscle biology, pathophysiology of osteoporosis and sarcopenia, risk factors and clinical assessment, diagnostic methods and treatment options. It includes six tutorials for obtaining knowledge and skills, readily assimilated into daily clinical practice, in osteoporosis, sarcopenia and osteosarcopenia. 

The e-learning modules are accessible across any smart device, including a mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

Find out more on University of Melbourne’s website


What's new in diabetes?

The University of Melbourne’s interactive CPD-accredited course focuses on the important recent changes and best practice principles in diabetes management. The modules cover the latest medications and technologies to equip GPs, nurses and other health practitioners to treat diabetes.

Find out more on University of Melbourne’s website 


You never forget the flu – help stop the spread this winter

Influenza season is well underway with over 1.78 million doses of flu vaccine distributed to Victorian providers for State and National Immunisation programs to date. The department would like to thank providers for your ongoing efforts to protect our communities from the flu this winter.

However it’s never too late to get a flu shot. Please encourage all patients to get their flu shot, particularly those in at-risk groups: children 6 months to under 5, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with pre-existing medical conditions or weakened immune systems and over 65s. 

To keep up to date and access key resources and promotional materials, go to the department’s seasonal flu hub.

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