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THE State Government is standing by dairy
farmers who are continuing to face financial
pressure in the wake of problems in the dairy
sector, by extending crucial mental health sup -
port for another year.
Last year the government announced a $1.5
million package of mental health supports for
dairy farmers, in response the global fall in
milk prices and decisions by some processors
to cut the prices paid to their suppliers.
The package included funding for mental
health first aid training, counselling, com-
munity grants and services such as the VFF’s
Look Over the Farm Gate and the National
Centre for Farmer Health.
All of these initiatives have been developed
and implemented over the past 12 months.
Last week’s announcement confirms that
counselling and support programs will con-
tinue in 2017-18 in impacted areas.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said
this is welcome news for dairy farming fami-
lies who have been doing it tough.
“While the season ahead looks more promis-
ing, many of our farmers are still feeling finan-
“This is why the Labor Government will con-
tinue to give our dairy families the support
they need. ”
To ensure the support provided meets the
needs of dairy farmers, Minister for Mental
Health Martin Foley said the government has
consulted with farmers and their families, and
worked with local health services, community
groups and industry.
“The Labor Government is ensuring early
intervention for people who are at risk of or
experiencing mental illness, to promote the
safety and wellbeing of everyone in our com-
“I am extremely impressed at the innovative
services that have been provided to support
our dairy farmers and their communities.”
If you or someone you know needs help or
advice call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue
on 1300 22 4636.
BASS Coast Health (BCH) recently passed its ac-
creditation survey against both the National Stan-
dards and Human Service Standards with flying
colours, and will be recommended for accredita-
tion for the next four years under both standards.
Four independent surveyors from the Austra-
lian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS)
attended BCH for three days (March 7 to 9) to
conduct the organisation-wide survey.
The surveyors assessed the health service
against a group of criteria that ensure patients re-
ceive quality and safe care, including such things
as governance, partnering with consumers, infec-
tion control, medication safety, identification and
procedure matching, clinical handover, blood
and blood products, pressure injuries, clinical
deterioration and preventing harm from falls.
The surveyors also reviewed BCH’s involve-
ment with its clients and patients, looking at
things like empowerment, access and engage-
ment, wellbeing and participation.
The eagerness of BCH staff to showcase the
great work they do was evident, with the sur-
veyors saying how incredibly impressed they
were by the skills and expertise of BCH’s staff.
Wonthaggi resident Isabel Rogan agrees
wholeheartedly with this.
A recent inpatient at the hospital, Isabel rates
it Bass Coast Health’s Wonthaggi Hospital as
“the best in Victoria”.
“The staff are absolutely wonderful,” Isabel said.
“It’s like being looked after by family or
friends. They care for you with such privacy
and dignity which is very reassuring.”
At the end of their visit, the surveyors pro-
vided BCH with feedback and congratulated
staff on the enormous amount of work that had
been undertaken to ensure they provide excel-
lent care to the community.
They acknowledged the courage shown by the
health service to undertake significant review
and change, to ensure robust governance and a
strong quality foundation for the future.
The surveyors also said the success of BCH
was because managers, staff, volunteers and
community members were all clearly invested
in improving what BCH does.
The surveyors congratulated BCH on deliver-
ing an extraordinary amount of positive change
in the past 12 months
BCH’s CEO Jan Child said she was pleased
with the outcome.
“This result is a testament to the hard work of
our staff and their passion for providing safe and
high quality health services to our community.
“I would also like to thank the BCH Board
for making the courageous decision that quality
and safety will always be our priority.”
THE Prom Coast Seachange Festival has
showed off the best the region has to offer.
Buskers and circle dancers entertained
crowds while visitors snapped up bargains in
the Makers Market.
Around 60 events featured at the festival over
the two weekends, including performances by
local musicians, a hula hoop workshop and an
exhibition of water colour paintings.
A group of young aviators had their chance
to launch a series of colourful paper planes as
part of the inaugural Paper Plane Challenge,
some of which flew more than 17 metres.
The festival aims to draw communities and
visitors closer together through large-scale
events such as the Seachange Fun Food Fair
and the Makers Market.
Festival chair Deb Bray said support for the
festival, including local media attention, had
ensured a highly successful list of events.
“The festival goes from strength to strength
due to the huge amount of expertise and talent,
financial and in-kind support, and pure hard
work that is offered by many from within the
community,” Ms Bray said.
“The festival committee is passionate about
providing a structure that is driven from with-
in the community; one that not only makes
the most of established activities and emerg-
ing skill-sets but, importantly, fosters quality
events that draw attention to, and celebrate,
this magnificent region.”
Ms Bray acknowledged that many groups,
businesses and individuals funded or contrib-
uted sponsorship to the stand-alone events.
This was alongside the festival’s major spon-
sors, Toora & Foster Community Bank and
Welshpool Agency, Esso BHP Billiton, the South
Gippsland Shire Council and media partner
“Importantly, we need to thank those who at-
tended events, stayed in local accommodation,
shopped locally, invited friends to visit, helped
sell tickets, ate in local eateries, put donations
in tins, visited local sites, and generated traffic
on the festival’s website and social media pages
it all helped make the festival a success,” Ms
At the opening of the festival, Gippsland
South MP Danny O’Brien said the festival pro-
vides cultural and economic benefits to the re-
“Events like the Prom Coast Seachange Fes-
tival give us time to pause, reflect and engage
with community and with the region,” he said.
The festival runs every second year.
A VERY successful market at Dumbalk was
held with 49 stall holders and great support
from visitors to view and purchase a huge va-
riety of goods.
These ranged from plants galore, produce to
craft goods, clothing, jewellery and food goods.
The day was enjoyed by everyone who at-
The Dumbalk & District Progress Associa-
tion (DDPA) would like to thank all the people
who helped set up and pack up after the event,
the folk who helped with the organisation on
the day, the wonderful people who took stalls,
and the people from near and far who came
and supported the market.
The plants grown by Lee were a great bonus
for the DDPA.
Cr Maxine Kiel helped on the day and Cr
Meg Edwards also supported the event.
There were competitions on the day.
The first prize was won by Pili who won
the Outdoor Cooker which was donated by a
member of the DDPA.
Other winners were Joy Dyson, Noni Inglis,
Allan McGuiness and Paula Thompson.
The market was organised by the Dumbalk
& District Progress Association and the money
raised will go towards completing the refurbish-
ment of the Community Centre at Dumbalk.
The building is now up and running and
open for business.
For information or expressions of interest
contact the centre on 5664 4474 to leave a
Dumbalk comes up with the goods
Toine Bovill, Cr Maxine Kiel and Belinda Bright serving Devonshire Teas at the market.
Bass Coast Health
Bass Coast Health patient Isabel Rogan, receiving care from BCH nurse Shelley Mattock,
says she thinks Wonthaggi Hospital is the best in Victoria.
The Makers Market at the Prom Coast Seachange Festival had a treasure trove of home-
made goods and tasty treats.
the region’s finest
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