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For community health services and general practices: April commencement date for Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes and MARAM framework

MARAM framework 

What are the Information Sharing Schemes?

  • The Child Information Sharing Scheme or CISS, enables the sharing of information to promote the wellbeing or safety of a child or a group of children. The Scheme forms Part 6a of the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005.
  • The Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme or FVISS, enables the sharing of information for family violence risk assessment or risk management in relation to both children and adults. It forms Part 5a of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008.

Organisations who are prescribed under one or more of the Schemes are referred to as Information Sharing Entities (ISEs). You may only share information using the Schemes with organisations that are also ISEs.

ISEs include Victoria Police, Child Protection and state-funded family violence specialist services.

Community health services, hospitals, GPs and practice nurses will be prescribed under the Schemes from 19 April 2021.

Find out more about the Information Sharing Scheme and ISEs in the DHHS fact sheet

What is MARAM?

The Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framework was established in law under a new Part 11 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008. MARAM sets out key principles and pillars that should be embedded into an organisation’s policies, procedures and tools. MARAM also identifies the responsibilities of organisations and staff across the system.

Community health services and hospitals will be prescribed under MARAM from 19 April 2021. General practice workforces are not prescribed under MARAM.

Training for community health service leaders to align their service with MARAM is available. Find out more and register

Providers can find out more about MARAM on the DHHS website


Clinical Awareness Raising Campaign – BIA-ALCL

In early 2021, Safer Care Victoria will be conducting a public awareness campaign for breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The campaign may result in people who have breast implants seeking medical advice.

See the fact sheet
for details of the symptoms and risk of BIA-ALCL and for advice to support people who may present for review and treatment.


Fitness to drive assessments made easier with VicRoads’ new online medical report

VicRoads’ secure ‘smart’ form steps through required fields and links to the Assessing Fitness to Drive standards.

Completed reports can be submitted directly online and saved as pdfs. Your personal “home page” can save incomplete and submitted reports for 2 years.

All VicRoads letters requesting a fitness to drive assessment will include a link to the new form and identifiers (Licence No. and Case No.) to pre-populate some patient details.


Find out more and access the online report form.


VicHealth’s new guide for crafting health promotion messages that resonate

Framing messages is critical. Harmful industries (e.g. alcohol and unhealthy food industries) undertake a lot of research to understand how to best frame their messages to achieve their objectives.

Similarly, VicHealth has conducted new message research and updated our ‘Healthy Persuasion’ message guide to give health promotion practitioners new tips for crafting messages that build stronger public support for health promotion.

Register for a copy by signing up to VicHealth’s Values-Based Messaging subscriber list.


CPD accredited online education on eye health

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The Vision Initiative is a health promotion program managed by Vision 2020 Australia and funded by the Victorian Government to promote eye health and prevent vision loss in Victoria.

The Vision Initiative offers a range of CPD accredited online modules on eye health for primary health care professionals including General Practitioners, nurses and diabetes educators.

Follow the Vision Initiative on LinkedIn.

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