Southern Mallee

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

Upcoming Network Meetings

Next meeting date TBC

Where: Venue TBC, Swan Hill

What:  Agenda TBC closer to the date

RSVP:  Register interest 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.