Diversity News   15 Sep 2021

Content:   Social support host ERA, networks news, 715 Aboriginal health check and COVID-19 vaccine talk, Dementia Action Week with related Diversity Training options, Sunflower tool in support of people with cognitive impairment, Community nurse follow-up,  LGBTIQ+ community of practice/they pronoun
We respectfully acknowledgethe Traditional Custodians of the lands that we live and work on
and pay respect to their Elders both past, present and emerging.
Social Support Network host Elders Rights Advocacy
Advocates from Elders Rights Advocacy, including the new ERA  Advocate/ Diversity & Inclusion presented at the Loddon Mallee Social Support Network in September. A free service, independent of providers and a reminder of the place of the Charter of Rights (not just a tick box exercise) with a bias towards the older person. They have a remit for COVID-19 support so it was good to hear that the Advocates have doubled in number (from 8 to 16) with regional recruitment in process and an increase in Victorian intake staff so that calls are not redirected to the national Call Centre.  Contact information flyer here.

ERA also operate the Community Visitors Scheme for people experiencing social isolation and are part of the system Navigator Trial, with new CALD specific Navigator positions  now operating in Southern Metro and Loddon Mallee. See EnCOMPASS Connectors in Victoria - FECCA.
Other network and sector development news: Vicki and Virginia attended the Bendigo Dementia Service Providers Network at the beginning of August for a conversation around Aboriginal cultural awareness which was well received, with some participants having viewed suggested videos in preparation.  Rosemary has been active facilitating a successful meeting between Loddon Mallee and Hume Access and Support workers; very timely coinciding with the recent release of an updated Access and Support Practice Guide.  The Loddon Mallee Hume Aboriginal Regional Network (LMHARN) enjoyed (is that the word) a presentation by Mark McCarty Regional Community Continence Nurse. Planning continue for the Ya-Yapaneyepuk forum in October. 
Learn about Annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks here with short video (2.23 mins) and suite of posters/resources. As a main stream provider this is useful information in support of First Nations peoples and knowing what is available to them.

The Department of Health provides a range of resources and kits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vaccine providers including information-to-assist-healthcare-workers-talk-about-covid-19-vaccines with communities.
Dementia Action Week starts on 20 September
with COVID-19 causing many changes to living at home with resulting cognitive decline - remember these tip sheets available through Dementia Australia

and check out resources from the Diversity Training Options project created by Victorian Diversity Advisors  working together to compile free training/learning opportunities in support of the CHSP sector.
Improving care and understanding of people with cognitive impairment
Regional Community Dementia Nurse Consultant  Libby Wade has been working with community nursing staff from Bendigo Health to implement the 4AT Delirium and Cognition Screening Tool. As part of a person centred approach to care and to reflect Bendigo Health’s Care of the person with Cognitive Impairment Guideline, the Sunflower Tool is used at the bedside in the hospital setting along with the Cognitive Identifier. The use of the Dawn Clocks to better orientate those with cognitive impairment is also encouraged. Libby, who has rolled out valuable training to Loddon Mallee community nurses in recent years, reported "We have introduced the 4At screening tool and the  Cognitive Identifier into the community, and the sunflower tool will be next to encourage best practice in dementia care".  
Talking of community nurses!
A recent survey has been circulated to Loddon Mallee District Nurse Partnership network by the Sector Development Team as a follow up to the recent and continuing education series which included sessions by Transgender Victoria, VANISH and Intersex Peer Support. (Recordings have been made available for a limited time). The project group are meeting soon so look out for further SDT initiatives to support the embedding of diversity and wellness into nursing practice.

Next Loddon Mallee LGBTIQ+ Community of Practice is on Thursday 28th October 1pm on line. Come along to hear from guest Claudia Validum Thorne Harbour Country  RSVP to Virginia.
At the last CoP we viewed this short video (3.17mins) about the pronoun they -
 What’s up with singular they?
Loddon Mallee Diversity Advisors are here to support CHSP funded organisations to access these sorts of training towards inclusive practice, the linking of diversity to the aged care standards and relevant resources.
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 Sector Development Teams are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. The material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.
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