In this issue:                                                                     August, 2014

MAV Home and Community Care Forum
LiveLighter campaign
Changing Places, Changing Lives
Community Sector Reform Council

Community Safety Month 2014
Primary Health Network

DEECD releases health and wellbeing framework
Youth: On Track
International Library Award: congratulations Hume City Council
Inaugural MAV Multicultural Planning Conference

Preventing Violence Against Women fact sheets
Anti-Racism training for your council

Family Day Care: Community Support Program
Productivity Commission Draft Report: childcare
Planning for the National Quality Framework 2016 changes
Kindergarten Cluster Management Project

MAV Home and Community Care Forum

Registrations are still open for the Home and Community Care (HACC) Forum on 28 August from 1pm-2.30pm at the Windsor Hotel, Spring Street, Melbourne.

Minister for Health and Ageing, David Davis, will discuss the reforms taking place in the HACC program. The forum will also include a discussion about the progress to date on the MAV’s negotiations with the Commonwealth, and options moving forward.

For further information, please email the MAV events team or phone 03 9667 5555. For questions specific to the forum program, please contact Clare Hargreaves.

LiveLighter campaign

Cancer Council Victoria has launched their LiveLighter campaign, a statewide social marketing initiative to promote healthy weight through healthy eating and physical activity.

The MAV has signed on as an official LiveLighter supporter and is encouraging councils to also consider joining this campaign.

In partnership with the Heart Foundation, the Cancer Council Victoria will ensure LiveLighter also provides a wealth of information, resources and tools to support and encourage people in making and maintaining positive lifestyle changes.

The Cancer Council can also forward information that has been provided to Healthy Together Community-funded councils, such as media and public relations materials that you may wish to use.

For further information, email the Cancer Council or phone 03 9514 6835.

Changing Places, Changing Lives

Councils are invites to attend the Changing Places, Changing Lives forum on 11 September at Deakin Edge, Federation Square from 10am-2pm.

The forum is run by Maroondah City Council in partnership with the MAV, Planning Institute of Australia and City of Melbourne.

It will showcase world’s best practice in accessible toilet and bathroom solutions and will feature leading edge Australian examples. It incorporates a program targeted at architects, planners, developers, designers, access consultants, facility managers, policy makers and anyone with an interest in removing barriers to social inclusion for people with a profound disability.

The forum brings together expert presenters from a range of backgrounds to discuss community and business benefits of Changing Places. Registrations are now open and close on 4 September. For further information phone 9879 2933.

Community Sector Reform Council

The Community Sector Reform Council seeks to identify lessons from the recent recommissioning processes in mental health community support (MHCS), and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services.

Submissions can be made in writing by 29 August, and more information is available in the Recommissioning Discussion Paper.

For more information, contact Jan Black on 9667 5512.

Community Safety Month 2014

Community Safety Month is a public campaign held each October. It is run by the Victorian Safe Communities Network and calls communities to action to improve safety.

Any organisation or community group involved in community safety can arrange an event. Share your work and create partnerships by listing your event on the Community Safety Month calendar.

Councils can download and use the Community Safety Month logos, posters and brochures to help with their events.

The Victorian Safe Communities Network will hold a special event called 'Mapping our Practice' on 8 October for inspiration, enrichment and strengthening of community safety networks.

Primary Health Network

The National Primary Health Network conference was held in Melbourne last week and presentations included the design and commissioning of the new Primary Care Networks, replacing Medicare Locals.

A presentation by Hal Swerison provided some background and directions for recent policy decisions by the Commonwealth Government.

For more information, contact Jan Black on 96675512.

DEECD releases health and wellbeing framework

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has released its overarching framework, the Principles for Health and Wellbeing.

The framework aims to support effective professional practice and coordination of DEECD health and wellbeing planning, activity and service delivery.

This high level guiding policy includes:

  • Eight practice principles
  • A focus on supporting the ‘whole’ person (‘five dimensions of wellbeing’)
  • DEECD health and wellbeing priorities
  • A model to plan health and wellbeing intervention at population and individual levels
  • Roles and responsibilities for health and wellbeing.

The framework offers a common language and approach to assist in conversations and planning to build a world class system in Victoria, that promotes and supports wellbeing in addition to learning, and reminds us to consider and address the needs of the whole person.

Youth: On Track

On Track 2014 survey results specific to local government areas (LGA) are now available.

On Track is a Victorian Government initiative that surveys school leavers within six months of leaving school to see if they are on a path to further education, training or employment. It also enables young people to seek further advice and assistance via a referral service if required.

The 2014 LGA specific report includes information on:

  • Post-school destinations of school leavers surveyed within your LGA
  • Post school destinations of school leavers surveyed at each school within your LGA
  • Reasons why school leavers chose not to continue their education or training
  • Occupations of school leavers who were employed.

Additional reports can be found online.

International Library Award: congratulations Hume City Council

Hume City Council’s Craigieburn Library has been named ‘International Public Library of the Year’ at a prestigious awards ceremony in France.

The library located within the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, beat libraries from England, the Netherlands and Denmark to take out the award. The award was presented at the annual IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) congress in Lyon, and is sponsored by firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects.

The Hume Global Learning Centre Craigieburn, including Craigieburn Library, was a colloborative effort between Hume City Council and the architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.

Hume Libraries have been recognised not only for design excellence but for delivering exceptional services to the community. In May this year, Hume Libraries was also named Australia’s Favourite Library Service, after a nation-wide search and voting through the Australian Library and Information Association.

Inaugural MAV Multicultural Planning Conference

Registrations are now open for the MAV’s inaugural biennial Multicultural Policy Development Conference on Friday 12 September.

This free event is primarily for Victorian council managers and officers. It will be hosted by Wyndham City Council at their Werribee Civic Centre.

Our keynote speaker is Fatima Shama, the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (via Skype).

The key theme is ‘opportunities for partnerships’, both intergovernmental and with the NGO and community sectors. There will be three breakout sessions similarly themed around partnerships in local migrant and refugee settlement planning, municipal social cohesion, and strategies to achieve better access and equity outcomes for CALD residents and communities.

For further information, contact Con Pagonis.

Preventing Violence Against Women fact sheets

The MAV, in partnership with VicHealth, has developed 10 information sheets for councils on preventing violence against women.

This series of information sheets is designed to assist councils, particularly those just starting out. Information can be used to:

  • Build knowledge about violence against women and its prevention
  • Obtain commitment from your council to champion the prevention of violence against women
  • Help engage on this issue with key community partners, the media or council staff
  • Give pointers on where to go for more resources
  • Help to plan for the long term, so that councils keep preventing violence against women on the agenda.

The information sheets can be used individually or as a set, and are available in both accessible (html) and PDF formats.

For further information, contact Kellie Nagle.

Anti-Racism training for your council

LEAD Training by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) provides engaging, evidence-based training for reducing race-based discrimination and promoting diversity, tailored to meet the needs of your municipality.

Feedback from recent council clients has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees pleased with the deeper level of analysis at the training.

To find out more, or arrange a training session for your council staff, email VEOHRC’s Jane Lewis or phone 9032 3400.

Family Day Care: Community Support Program

Following changes to the Community Support Programme announced in the Federal Budget, to take effect from 1 July 2015, the Department of Education has released a self-assessment tool for operators wishing to apply for the Programme.

The tool contains a checklist as well as tables detailing the location of approved services and the number of services in each SA2 and SA3.

For further information, contact Wendy Allan.

Productivity Commission Draft Report: childcare

The MAV appeared at the Productivity Commission hearings into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning on 19 August. We had the opportunity to put forward key issues identified by councils as being critical to ensuring that early childhood education and care remains accessible, affordable and of a high quality.

The MAV is currently formulating a response to this draft report on behalf of councils. A small working group of councils and the MAV met recently to go through the draft recommendations, and identify the key issues that the MAV will respond to.

For further information, or to contribute to the MAV draft response, contact Wendy Allan before 27 August.

Planning for the National Quality Framework 2016 changes

The next Early Years Strategy Group meeting will be a joint planning meeting with DEECD focussing on planning for the 2016 changes in ratios, and the potential impacts for councils.

The MAV encourages councils to provide their representatives who attend that meeting with any information or issues you would like raised in the context of planning for 2016. For further information, contact Wendy Allan.

Kindergarten Cluster Management Project

Following the Deloittes Access Economics Review of Kindergarten Cluster Management (KCM), DEECD has revitalised the KCM Reference Group to draw on relevant expertise and experience.

The group includes six KCM equally representing local government and community based organisations, as well as the peak bodies being ELAA and the MAV, along with relevant DEECD officers.

The three councils in this new reference group are Yarra City, Yarriambiack Shire and Hume City. For further information, contact Wendy Allan.

Upcoming MAV events...

12 September

Opportunities for Partnerships

17 September

Future of Local Food in Australia Workshop

18 September

Maternal and Child Health Conference


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