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Community Health Pride – LGBTIQ+ practice inclusive resources

Community Health Pride 

The Minister for Health recently announced the release of Community Health Pride - a suite of resources to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, Intersex, Queer and/or Questioning inclusive planning and practice in Victorian community health services.

The suite of resources comprises a comprehensive toolkit that provides guidance and practical steps to embed LGBTIQ+ inclusive practices in community health and a series of posters and a client brochure that can be displayed to support a welcoming and safe environment for LGBTIQ+ people.

By actively practising inclusion, recognising the impact of marginalisation, valuing diversity and working to eliminate barriers, community health services can help to improve the experience, health and wellbeing, of LGBTIQ+ clients.

Download the resources on the department’s website.

Resources are available via the weblink.


COVID-19 vaccine update

Victoria is currently preparing to rollout the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 vaccine program.

The first doses of vaccine will be ready for priority groups from late February 2021. The exact date that first doses will be available depend on the progress of Australian approval processes.

The Commonwealth Government has confirmed the vaccines will be provided to everybody at no cost.

At this stage, three vaccines may be included in Australia. More detailed information will be progressively shared by the Commonwealth Department of Health in coming weeks.

Keep an eye out for updates via your Primary Health Network.


Managing illness in schools and early childhood services during the COVID-19 pandemic

A fact sheet on Managing illness in schools and early childhood during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been updated to support GPs in providing advice to parents of unwell children about attendance at schools and early childhood education and care.

Key updates include guidance for the management of:

  • younger children (pre-school up to Grade 2) with prolonged post viral symptoms
  • children with persistent symptoms due to underlying conditions such as hay fever or asthma.

This advice has been prepared by the Department of Education and Training, Safer Care Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Find out more on the Vic Gov website

Download the fact sheet directly


Victorian Injury Atlas – new Transport Injury Atlas

An updated version of the Victorian Injury Atlas was launched in December 2020. The update adds a specific Transport Injury Atlas.

Injury prevention is one of the priority areas of the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2019–2023 which is the overarching policy framework for public health and wellbeing in Victoria.

The department supports the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit, a world leading injury surveillance agency at Monash University Accident Research Centre, to provide injury surveillance services for Victoria. The Unit publishes a range of resources to assist in the development of injury prevention policy, programs and interventions.

In the Unit’s new atlas, transport injury data can be filtered by year of hospital admission, selected causes and age-groups and visualised in maps, charts and graphs. You can also request more detailed data analyses.

Search the atlas or request data at vicinjuryatlas.org.au website.


April commencement date for Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes and MARAM framework

Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes and MARAM framework commence in April 2021.

Community health services can still register for virtual workshops to be held on 17th and 24th February; or register on wait list for other dates.

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 if this training is for you, and register.

Providers can find out more about MARAM on the DHHS website.

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