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Healthcare That Counts Project

In 2017, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released the Healthcare that counts (HCTC): A framework for improving care for vulnerable children in Victorian health services. The HCTC framework was developed to support all Victorian health services to strengthen their response to children at risk of abuse or neglect and drive system-wide improvements to deliver coordinated and high-quality care. All health organisations across Victoria are expected to implement the HCTC framework – whether they be a community health service, acute hospital, Aboriginal health service, rural health service, mental health service, drug and alcohol service or integrated health service.

A survey of PCP partners established that there were low rates of awareness of the HCTC framework.  DHHS has funded the HCTC project to support six health organisations in the Loddon area. These organisations were selected through an expression of interest process.

Learnings from this project are being shared with the Department via the project steering committee to inform the ongoing review of the HCTC Framework. The project model supports pathways for both advocacy and information sharing across Victoria. A final report will be submitted upon completion of the project in June 2019.

Click here for project updates and further information.

Celebrating another great year for partnerships

From all of us at Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership, we'd like to wish you a very merry and safe holiday season.

It has, yet again, been a productive year for our partnership. We moved into our new home in King Street, Bendigo and we've worked together as a partnership to promote healthy lifestyles, good mental health and wellbeing and prevent family violence across the region.

As 2017 draws to a close, we'd like to take a moment to acknowledge your ongoing support and let you know 2018 is set to be even bigger and we sincerely hope you're part of it.


Our office will be closed from Friday, 22 December 2017 until Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

See you in January.

Mental Health Week play encourages men to seize the day

On October 10, The Engine Room will host the cast of Carpe Diem for an uplifting look at men’s mental health and the importance of mateship as part of Bendigo’s annual Mental Health Week activities.

Stressing the role of friendship and professional care during times of crisis, the comedy by playwright Megan Rigoni follows two men played by comedian John Walker and actor Chris Pidd, on their mental health journey during a long-running drought.

A spokesperson for Bendigo’s Mental Health Week Committee, Peter Nelson, said nearly half of Aussies will encounter mental illness during their lives, which means many of us have a friend or family member who’ve lived that experience.


“For many of us it’s hard to know how to support our loved ones and finding the right advice can be tricky if you don’t know where to start,” said Mr Nelson.

“With Carpe Diem we want to encourage people, especially men, to talk to their mates, ask if they’re OK and if there are concerns, assist them to seek help.

“Services are available locally; with the right help and a good support network, people can recover to lead healthy, productive and satisfying lives."

The free community event will be staged at The Engine Room located at 58 View Street, Bendigo. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The performance will be followed by a light supper and a Q&A with the actors.

This production of Carpe Diem has been proudly supported by the City of Greater Bendigo, Bobcat of Bendigo, the McKern Foundation and the Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership.


Tickets can be reserved online at or by telephone on 03 5434 6100.

Celebrating working together in 2016 and beyond

At Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership, we take time each holiday season to reflect upon the good things we have…like our work and friendship with you.

It's been quite a year and we owe our productivity and success to our colleagues, partners and supporters.

We hope that 2016 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues, clients and loved ones. 

We look forward to working with you in 2017. Happy Holidays

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