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ScriptWise Regional Forums, Prescription Drug Misuse – Shepparton March 29.

ScriptWise, Primary Care Connect and the Hume Area Pharmacotherapy Network are proud to present this Scriptwise Regional Forum in Shepparton.

In Victoria, prescription medications have consistently contributed to more overdose deaths than either illicit drugs or alcohol.

Through this forum, we aim to educate and inform the community around the safe and appropriate use of prescription medications, focusing on medications most
susceptible to misuse.

We encourage consumers, primary care providers, as well as pain, addiction and mental health specialists to attend.

Wed, 29 March 2017
6pm (for 6.30pm start)

University of Melbourne
Melbourne Medical School
49 Graham Street, Shepparton VIC

Light refreshments will be served at
this event.

Registration is easy, free and online at:

Please share this post widely. All are welcome to learn about and discuss this important issue!

Action for Recovery Course (ARC), March 21st and 22nd

ARC is a two day, structured course for family members concerned about their loved one’s alcohol and/or drug use. It explores ways of improving relationships and offers techniques to cope with anxiety and stress.

The course takes place from 9am to 3pm on March 21st and 22nd. There is no cost to participants and bookings are essential.

For more information, download the event flyer.
Action for Recovery two day course.

2017 – Bringing Up Great Kids Parenting Program

Starting 9th February 2017 for 6 Thursdays you have the chance to learn about how you can have a great relationship with your child and so much more!

Don’t miss out and register now!  *Bookings are essential – call Joanne on (03) 5823 3200.bugk

Circle of Security for Parents of Toddlers

A 8 week program that gives parents the opportunity to learn about children’s emotional world and how to support them.

FREE to everyone, you can register by calling Joanne at Primary Care Connect on (03) 5823 3200cos_pes-poster

Action for Recovery Course (ARC)

Do you love someone who is using drugs/alcohol?

Presented by Family Drug Help and Primary Care Connect, ARC is for family members concerned about their loved one’s alcohol and/or drug use. It provides you with knowledge and skills to better understand addiction. It explores ways of improving your relationships and offers techniques to cope with anxiety and stress.

ARC covers topics such as boundaries, guilt, worry, communication, acceptance, and includes a comprehensive workbook of strategies to support change for families.

When: Wednesday 7th Dec and Thursday 8th Dec
Time: 9am– 3pm
Where: Primary Care Connect
399 Wyndham Street Shepparton
Cost: Free

Bookings are essential. Please register with Primary Care Connect
Telephone Kylie (03) 5823 3200

Download the flyer here
ARC Flyer – Shepparton 2016

Maloga Hearts launch.

WOW!! What a show of community support today for the Launch of Maloga Hearts at Kaiela Gallery. Over 70 people were in attendance. A beautiful Welcome to Country began the event followed by guest speakers Narelle and Kim from PCC, Linda Shields from DHHS and Leonie Dwyer from ASHE.

The Maloga Hearts Indigenous Family Violence App will be released shortly……more details to follow. Stay tuned for the Shepp News Article later in the week.






Conversations for Change

A letter from Rebecca Lorains, Chief Executive Officer, Primary Care Connect.

I would like to invite you to participate in the Conversations for Change project.

The ‘Conversations for Change’ project will engage over a 1000 people across the Shepparton area in conversations regarding their understanding, knowledge and ideas around possible solutions to community and family violence. As you would be aware family and community violence continues to be a major issue within our region, the state and the country, this is an opportunity to look at things a bit differently and design something that may in fact have an impact in our community.

The conversations are facilitated but intended to be informal, casual and relaxed. They can be held whenever and wherever to suits you and your group. Each session runs between 1 – 1.5 hours and can include a group size of 3 – 10 people.

You can elect to hold the conversation on site at your agency/business/home or we are happy to organise a room here at Primary Care Connect. Session times are flexible, sessions can be held in the morning, afternoon or in the evenings.

Our facilitator Michelle Dunscombe, has vast experience in community development and community engagement. Michelle’s role in these conversations is to provide standard questions to start the conversation and then note the themes. Michelle will not lead the conversations.

All information that is collected is not identifiable, and will be used to develop themes and work towards an achievable innovative plan for our region on reducing community and family violence. Participants have the opportunity to have a representative from Primary Care Connect contact them at the conclusion of the project to update them on the outcome.

To ensure we gain a full understanding of the thoughts and opinions of the community it is vital the conversations are held amongst a wide range of diversity of community members.

I encourage you to hold a conversation and then ask your family, friends, clubs and work groups to hold a conversation.

For more information please contact:
Nicole Montgomery
T. 5823 3200
Broni Paine
T. 5823 3242

Yours Sincerely.

Rebecca Lorains
Chief Executive Officer