Southern Mallee

Listed below are details of upcoming network events as well as summaries of past meetings and events.

Upcoming Network Meetings

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Time: 11am – 3pm

Where: Stradbroke Hall, Swan Hill

What:  Working with young people 16 years and under

The opening session ‘Fail to Disclose and Fail to Protect Laws’, will be presented by Karen Chilbert, Outreach Lawyer from Youth Law.

Followed by an informative session with Dr Siobhan Bourke, Sexual Health Physician & Senior Lecturer, CERSH, The University of Melbourne. Siobhan will provide foundation knowledge about working in the sexual health sector with young people.

Then a panel discussion with representatives from key organisations discussing and debating the competing issues in working with young people. Panel representatives from:

  • DHHS Child Protectio
  • Swan Hill District Health
  • Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams
  • Mallee Sexual Assault Unit / Mallee Domestic Violence Service
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Headspace

As always there’ll be time for local updates and networking.

RSVP:  by emailing

2016 Network Meetings

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Topic: Contemporary sexuality education in a range of settings: a practical workshop

Guest Presenter: Jenny Walsh, author of national resources, The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships for years 7-10 and Catching on Early for years 1-6.

Summary: Jenny facilitated a practical workshop that supports contemporary sexuality education in a range of settings and adaptation for one-to-one clinical settings. Attendees also heard an update from the Loddon Mallee HIV/BBV program advisory group and a CERSH presentation on the #YOLOLiveWell campaign. There was also great discussion and information sharing amongst local workers and time spent addressing local challenges and initiatives.

Resources: More about Jenny and her work –

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Topic: Overview of HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention, Transmission and New Treatments

Guest Presenters: Martin Forrest -Hepatitis Victoria, Harry McNaulty – The Victorian AIDS Council, Alison Boughey – Positive Women Victoria, Max Niggl – Living Positive Victoria

Summary:  The focus of this meeting was to provide an overview of HIV and Hepatitis prevention, transmission and updates on new treatments.

This meeting provided an opportunity for workers to:

  • learn the basics about Hepatitis C and the new direct acting antivirals (DAAs) for Hepatitis C treatments and models of care;
  • update knowledge about HIV including transmission risks, and new HIV treatments PrEP (taken daily for prevention) and PEP (taken after exposure);
  • explore effective strategies for working with affected communities;
  • link in with relevant state-wide services;
  • identify the local implications, referral pathways and capacities to maximise engagement and support for people affected by Hepatitis C and HIV.