February 2020
South Coast Partnership to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women

The South Coast Partnership to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women brings together 15 members representing State and Local government, Health Services and Community Agencies to address the prevention of family violence and violence against women in Bass Coast and South Gippsland. The Partnership members collaborate, share resources, tailor and deliver prevention activities that create positive change in our community. Our vision is “Communities across Bass Coast & South Gippsland are gender equal, free from family violence & men’s violence against women”.
There are now many more organisations and workers whose roles include the prevention of family violence. If you would like to join the partnership and learn from others in the sub-region please contact Rebecca Scott, Prevention Manager, South Coast PCP
Our next meeting is on 6 February 10.30am at the YMCA Wonthaggi.
Smart Eating Week, 10-16 February 2020

We all want our work colleagues and community to be their healthiest. The South Coast Prevention Team is working with retail businesses, sporting clubs, schools and health services to expand and promote healthy food options.
When it comes to food and nutrition, it can often be confusing trying to make the right choices for you and your family. Smart Eating Week 2020 is the perfect time to get some inspiration to help establish and maintain healthy eating habits in your home.
Here are some practical tips and hints to get you and your family eating smarter in 2020:
Keeping down the costs
It is a common myth that healthy foods are more expensive. Evidence proves that when buying fresh ingredients instead of single packaged items, and when planning and budgeting your weekly shop, healthy eating works out significantly cheaper than processed and takeaway foods.
There are plenty of ways to save money on healthy food! These include:
  • Plan & write a list when you go shopping.
  • Buying the basic foods such as breads, dairy, fruit, vegetables, cereals and meats first before considering snack foods or other treats.
  • Buying your fruits and vegetables in season.
  • Support local; in Gippsland we are spoilt for choice when it comes to farmers markets.
  • Try frozen or canned vegetables as these are often cheaper and just as good for you.
  • Include a vegetarian meal each week using eggs or lentils – cheap and nutritious.
  • Add canned lentils, kidney beans or other legumes to mince dishes to make the meal go further.
Establishing a positive relationship with food
Help your children to develop a positive relationship with food, role model balanced eating and speak positively about healthy foods. Here are some language swaps to make at the dining table to help create a more positive and relaxed space.
  • Swap out “Finish everything on your plate” for “Is your tummy feeling full?”. This encourages your child to listen to their bodies.
  • Swap out “You don’t like broccoli” for “Don’t worry, you just need to try broccoli a few more times, you’ll learn to like it soon!” - Let’s all start to believe they just don’t like it YET, they can learn to like it, that they will learn to like it in time. Be positive and continue to teach our kids about food.
  • Swap out “Eat your veggies or you don’t get dessert” and instead say nothing. What you see may look like a success, however it may have far-reaching negative effects on your child’s relationship with food. In fact, using food as a reward teaches them to dislike it.

South Coast Service Providers Network Meeting

The Purpose:

To bring together representatives from organisations providing health, social, community and local government services in the Bass Coast & South Gippsland Shires:
  • To provide a forum to network and collaborate
  • To share and disseminate information 
  • To provide a vehicle for communication and support 
The Format: 
  • Any relevant General Business 
  • 2 Guest Speakers - 15 minutes each on their topic  
  • Agency Round Table 'Speed-Dating'
  • Informal Networking with cuppa and snacks  

If you would like to be included on the data base for this meeting please email your details to Barbara:  or Deb: 

Dates for 2020 - 
Meetings alternate between South Gippsland Shire and Bass Coast Shire. **Please note change of venues for Bass Coast Shire meetings.
All welcome!

Date:  Thursday 13 February 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Chambers, Michael Place, Leongatha

Date: Wednesday 13 May 2020
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: The Old Wonthaggi Post Office (Cnr Watt St and McBride Ave, Wonthaggi) meeting room 

Date:  Thursday 13 August 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Chambers, Michael Place, Leongatha

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: Wonthaggi Town Hall Foyer meeting room (Cnr McBride AveBailleau Street East 

See you there!

Tap Water Every Day. Our water, it’s healthy, it’s free campaign was a social marketing project delivered by the South Coast Prevention Team, between 10 September through to 10 December 2019.  The campaign was targeted at reducing consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) and increasing consumption of tap water of teenage males (13 – 18 years) in the South Coast (Bass Coast & South Gippsland Local Government Areas).
Young Australian men (12-24 years) are very high consumers of sugar sweetened beverages and soft drink in particular. The consumption of sugar sweetened beverages is associated with increased energy intake and in turn, weight gain and obesity. It is well established that obesity is a leading risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
Unlike other social marketing campaigns, Tap Water Every Day was co-designed with local young people. Teenage males worked together with the South Coast Prevention Team from start to finish to understand the issue and to ensure the campaign was relevant to them and their peers. The key messages of the campaign, the communication channels used and the settings targeted were all developed in partnership with teenage males. 

National Condom Day
National Condom Day is on Friday 14 February! It is the perfect time to promote healthy sexual relationships and encourage the use of condoms. Did you know that there are a condom vending machines in accessible locations across South Gippsland and Bass Coast
  • Across the South Coast the teenage (13-19 years) birth rate from January 2017-December 2018 was 15.2 per 1,000 population, compared to the Victorian average of 10.6 per 1,000 population.
  • For the 12 months of 2018 Chlamydia equated 17.4 per 1000 for females and 11 per 1000 for males, Victorian rates for the same time period were 20.8 per 1000 for females and 18.1 per 1000 for males.
  • The proportion of adolescents who practice safe sex by using a condom in the South Coast sits at 22.8%, compared to the Victorian average of 27%.
Novel Coronavirus

Guideline for health services and general practitioners regarding Novel coronavirus has been published at

Further resources will be added to this website below over the coming days.

Child & Youth Mental Health Survey

Researchers from The University of Queensland in conjunction with the Telethon Kids Institute are conducting an evaluation of the Australian Government’s National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program. This Program is aimed at improving the mental health of children and young people in Australia.

You may or may not have heard of this Program. The researchers are inviting clinicians and non-clinicians who work with children and/or young people to complete a web based survey about their views of their role and capabilities in supporting children and young people’s mental health. All information collected will be confidential and anonymous. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be open for completion during the months of January, February and March.

This research may be used to inform educational policy and professional practice.

While your decision as to whether you participate in this research is completely voluntary and you may withdraw your decision to participate at any time without comment or penalty, your feedback and input to the evaluation of the program is hugely valuable.
If you would like to learn more about this research and participate in the survey, please click here: Child & Youth Mental Health Survey

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
The Principal Investigator: Professor Simon Smith (please contact Research Assistant Leisa King, or 07 3443 1034, in the first instance)
University of Queensland Ethics Committee: or (07) 3365 3924 or (07) 3443 1654

What's on Locally?

  • Disabled Surfers Association Bass Coast upcoming All Abilities Surfing Events flyer. Seeking  participants & volunteers. Saturdays 15 February & 28 March. To register head to Eventbrite
  • SMART Recovery is an accessible, FREE weekly group support for people struggling with addictive behaviours. When: Thursdays 11.00am
    Where: Primary Health Entrance, Gippsland Southern Health Service (Leongatha Hospital), Koonwarrra Rd, Leongatha. Flyer for Leongatha sessions
  • Community Cafe at Inverloch, Thurs 27 Februaryat 12:30pm Flyer

What's on Regionally?

  • Noah's Ark Strengthening Parent Support Program Info List
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - 23 & 24 March. Learn to recognise when someone may be at risk & respond in ways to help increase their immediate safety & link them to further help.  Flyer & Registration

What's on Metro & Beyond?

  • Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing - A Celebration of Regional Partnerships, 18-19 February, Angourie, NSW - Information & Registration


Healthier Masculinities

There are many ways to be a man in Australia. Evidence shows that healthier expressions of masculinity could be one key way to promote gender equality and improved wellbeing for everyone. VicHealth’s new Healthier Masculinities framework provides more information on this emerging research area.

Read more here

Training, Grants & Other Opportunities

  • Tender Opportunity - Mental Health in Aged Care Program. Opens 11 February 2020 and closes 10 March 2020. The Commonwealth Government has provided funding to Primary Health Networks to commission in-reach psychological treatment services provided on location at RACFs. Gippsland PHN are holding a Tender Briefing on 10 February 2020, 12:00pm – 1:30pm. For further info and Zoom option email by 5pm on Friday 7th February 2020 
  • SAFE in Oz are seeking partnerships with community organisations throughout Australia for 2020 to bring training workshops to your locality. As a Community Partner you provide a training venue, liaison person and morning & afternoon refreshments Community Partner Information
  • Sporting Club Grants Program Open now - closes 28 Feb 2020. Grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.
  • 10775NAT Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention (RTO 22004)This new nationally accredited course will provide students with the latest in evidence-led research and clinical practice resources, that will equip you in pursuing a rewarding and successful career in the field of grief and loss.Registrations are now open for February 2020 intake in Victoria

  • Management of Obesity - University of Melbourne - Online Course
  • Gippsland PHN Training & Events
  • Centre for Dementia Learning - Dementia education sessions, information support and resources


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