The Sector Development Team’s fortnightly newsletter in which we will provide information relevant to CHSP and HACC-PYP service providers.

Last year we welcomed Shanaya Sheridan – Aboriginal Development Officer to the team, and what an amazing contribution she has made. We are excited for her as she commenced Maternity Leave on Friday 19 February with the impending arrival of Bub Number 2. Shanaya is taking leave for the next 6 months and we cannot wait for Bubba cuddles.  Whilst we recruit to the position Kath S will be assisting with priority areas for the ACCO’s, and any queries that you would normally have addressed to Shanaya can be addressed to the
Sector Development email
and we will respond accordingly. Good luck Shanaya, we wish you, Josh and Jamari all the best, and look forward to hearing of Bub’s arrival.

In this update:
Sector Development
– Grampians Region Service Provider Network Meeting
– The Aged Care Voluntary Industry Code of Practice – Webinar
– Elder Abuse: The Library of Life
– Interesting facts: those born 1930-1946
Upcoming Events
– MHPN: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Webinar Series
Wellness & Reablement
– Seniors Exercise Park: City of Ballarat and NARI
Department of Health
– Free professional support rural/remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care providers
– COVID-19 Updates
– Information for the Aged Care Sector: Issue 2021/2
Updated HCP Program Manuals now available
Grampians Service Provider Network Meeting
The next Grampians Service Provider Network Meeting will be held:
Thursday 11 March 2021
11.30am to 1.30pm
Registration to attend can be completed here:
The Zoom meeting link will be contained within your registration confirmation email.
Please make sure you save the email or record the link somewhere you will find it on the day 😊
The Agenda will be sent out shortly for your reference.

The Aged Care Voluntary Industry Code of Practice
The Hunter Sector Support and Development team is hosting a virtual session to hear directly from Louise O’Neill, CEO, Aged Care Workforce Industry Council ( The Council) regarding The Aged Care Voluntary Industry Code of Practice. The Code was formally launched on the 5th February by Senator Richard Colbeck.
Grampians Region CHSP funded service providers have been extended an invitation to attend this session to hear more about the Code of Practice.
Target Audience:  CEO’s, Executive Officers and Senior Managers
Overview of Session (One Hour: 15 March 1pm – 2pm)
  • Context re supporting continuous improvement and accountability (how did we get to this point).

  • Seven principles.

  • Flexibility  provisions.

  • Process for reaching collaborative agreement on how the Council  should monitor and govern the Code.

  • Pledging commitment to the Code (if providers have not already done so),

  • Discussion re promoting / bringing  consumers, workers along & encouraging their support of the Code.

  • Opportunity to ask question ( via Q&A  or chat )

Link for registration:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Elder Abuse: The Library of Life The Library of Life is a collection of stories and artwork created by participants of the Sharing Stories – Celebrating Life workshops. It is a positive ageing project that invites people over 65 to creatively respond to a series of questions – sharing some of their achievements, hopes, fears, and dreams. It is part of a campaign to reduce the stigma against older members of our community and value life after the age of 65. There are currently 5 video’s to enjoy (each has the same introduction so skip to approximately the 2 minute mark to commence them).
Interesting facts about those born between 1930 – 1946 Today, they range in ages from 75 to 90. Are you or do you know someone in this group?  – the smallest group of children, born since the early 1900s. – the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which rattled the structure of our daily lives for years. – the last to remember ration books for everything from gas to sugar to shoes to stoves. – saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans. – saw cars up on blocks because tyres weren’t available. – can remember milk being delivered to their house early in the morning and placed in the “milk box” on the porch. – the last to see the gold stars in the front windows of grieving neighbours whose sons died in the War. – saw the ‘boys’ home from the war build their little houses. – the last generation who spent childhood without television; instead, imagined what was heard on the radio. – with no TV until the 50’s, spent your childhood “playing outside”. – there was no little league or city playground for kids. – the lack of television in the early years meant little real understanding of what the world was like. – on Saturday afternoons, the movies gave newsreels sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons. – telephones were one to a house, often shared (party lines) and hung on the wall in the kitchen (no cares about privacy). – typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriage and changing the ribbon. – INTERNET and GOOGLE were words that did not exist. – newspapers and magazines were written for adults and the news was broadcast on the radio in the evening.  Growing up, the country was exploding with growth. – the Government gave returning Veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow.  Loans fanned a housing boom. – pent up demand coupled with new instalment payment plans opened many factories for work. – new highways would bring jobs and mobility. – the Veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics. – the radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands. – parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression and the war, and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined. – children weren’t neglected, but also weren’t today’s all-consuming family focus.  Parents were glad you played by yourselves until the street lights came on. They were busy discovering the post war world. – entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where you were welcomed, enjoyed yourselves and felt secure in your future though depression poverty was deeply remembered. – polio was still a crippler. – came of age in the 50s and 60s.  The last generation to experience an interlude when there were no threats to our homeland. The second world war was over and the cold war, terrorism, global warming, and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with unease. – only this generation can remember both a time of great war, and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty. They perhaps grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better… You are “The Last Ones.” More than 99 % of you are either retired or deceased, and you feel privileged to have “lived in the best of times!” 
Upcoming Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) webinar series The North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network and the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network in conjunction with MHPN are producing a new webinar series designed to support practitioners who work with people from Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. With the context of the ongoing pandemic, the series of two webinars will help practitioners to better understand the compounding anxiety and grief that people from CALD backgrounds may be experiencing during this time. The initiative will also underpin the importance of cultural approaches – such as linkages with community and faith-based groups – to post-pandemic recovery within the CALD community. The first webinar, ‘Providing culturally responsive mental health care during COVID19 and beyond’ will be broadcast on Tuesday 2 March. The second webinar,  ‘An interdisciplinary cross-cultural conversation: exploring the meaning of healing and recovery’ will take place on Wednesday 31 March. Both webinars will be facilitated by Lew Hess, an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, who is an influential contributor to the refugee and asylum seeker sector. Lew is a foundation member of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre (RILC) and an Adjunct Professor with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. Register here for MHPN’s newsletter to stay up to date. Questions? Email MHPN on or call 1800 209 031.
Seniors Exercise Park – City of Ballarat and NARI City of Ballarat recently officially opened their new Seniors Exercise Park located in Mount Pleasant Reserve, Ballarat.  The newly constructed Seniors Exercise Park is an innovative design in outdoor exercise equipment, integrating multiple stations specifically designed for older people to improve strength, balance, facilitator, mobility and function. The Senior Exercise park is a novel concept that aims to fulfill the need for an active outdoor space for older people to be physically active in the community. The Seniors Exercise Park is located next to the playground, thus encouraging intergenerational activities as well.  The smiles on peoples faces as they tested out the equipment says it all. Free training is also being conducted by NARI for Allied Health professionals – see here.   
Melanie Perks, Wellness & Reablement Consultant,

Free professional support now available to rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care providers

New panel arrangements for the Service Development Assistance Panel (SDAP) are now in place. The Service Development Assistance Panel (SDAP) provides free professional support to aged care providers located in rural and remote areas or who provide care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Protecting older Australians: COVID-19 update – 12 February 2021

Protecting older Australians: COVID-19 update 5 February 2021

Information for the Aged Care Sector: Issue 2021/2

In this issue:

We are happy to help.

Our mailing address is:
Sector Development Grampians
12 Lilburne Street
LucasVic 3350
Add us to your address book
Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp