The organisations listed below provide services for youth in the Wimmera Southern Mallee Region. Filter by category using the menu or type in key words to search.
Victoria Police is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of young people throughout the state. Young people generally feel overwhelmed by the pressures placed on them by different groups within society. Friends and family particularly, have expectations that often conflict.
Every day, police see the impact that this has on young people. It is a responsibility of police to take positive steps to address some of the problems Victoria’s youth face in society.
Specifically, the youth programs developed by Victoria Police encourage them to engage in positive social interaction. The activities are safe, as well as drug and alcohol-free.
Victoria Police Student Resource Page
The student resource page provides links to information on news and campaigns, crime statistics, school visits, work experience and placements and more.
Information and resources for victims of crime
The Victims Support Agency (VSA) within the Department of Justice represents victims of crime and coordinates services for victims.
Information and resources for victims of crime can be found at http://www.victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au/
The Victims of Crime Helpline (1800 819 817) is staffed by specially trained Victim Support Officers. The helpline operates between 8am and 11pm seven days a week.
Sexual Offences & Child Abuse Units (SOCA) are staffed by experienced and qualified police members specially trained to assist with responding to and investigating adult sexual assault and child abuse.
There are 31 SOC IT Units in Victoria, which vary in size depending on their location and work requirements. Members perform work in either plain clothes or police uniform depending on the type of job they are attending.
The principal role of the SOC IT Units is to provide an initial response to victims of sexual assault and physical assault on children by:
- Attending to the welfare of the victim
- Obtaining a statement from a victim/witness for evidentiary purposes
- Completing and submitting the relevant reports
- Interviewing offenders for all reported sexual assault on all ages groups and the investigation of reported physical assaults involving children
- working closely in partnership with other community groups and service providers developing initial prevention and reduction strategies.
The VAEAI provides an advocate role for the Victorian Koorie community and provides representation in relation to all education and training policy, strategy and program development at the local, state and national levels. It promotes the provision of education and training which is culturally relevant, reinforces cultural identity and provides supportive learning environments for Koorie people. VAEAI also supports the provision of education to the wider community which increases awareness of Koorie culture, communities and aspirations.
The role of VAEAI is:
- To provide advice on all education and training matters that affect Koorie students
- To monitor the current trends in education that impact on all Koorie students
- To provide an advocate role for Koorie students and their families in respect of education matters
- To provide representation to committees and forums on education and training at the local and regional levels
- To provide representation to all VAEAI forums.
Vocational Education and Training in Schools are programs undertaken by school students as part of the senior secondary certificate that provide credit towards a nationally recognised VET qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework. The training that students receive reflects specific industry competency standards and is delivered by a Registered Training Organisation or a school in partnership with a Registered Training Organisation. A key success of VET in Schools is the integration of vocational options within the traditionally academic studies at the senior secondary school level. VET in Schools programs allow Year 11 and 12 students to:
develop industry specific skills
gain nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training qualifications and units of competency while still completing their senior secondary school qualification
develop employability skills and an understanding of the world of work
gain an understanding of the world of work which is valuable experience to assist with planning and pursuing their career pathways.
All secondary schools in the Wimera Southern Mallee run VETiS programs. Each secondary school has a VET coordinator.
Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) replaced the Grampians, Barwon and Great South Coast Medicare Locals. This not for profit organisation is responsible for delivering on the following two objectives set by the Federal Government:
• Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes.
• Improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
The PHN will be responsible for delivering primary mental health clinical services and a range of clinical and support services through its headspace Geelong and headspace Ballarat programs.
The Wimmera Information Network website hosts an extensive data base which contains information about many services and resources available in municipalities in the Wimmera region as well as details of government, peak bodies and other organisations of interest to local residents but located in other municipalities.
The Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly Inc. is a volunteer based organisation established to support the growth, development and promotion of sport and recreation at the grass roots level.
The Assembly provides a vital link between local clubs and state and national bodies. It has formed a solid partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria and other strategic partners (including VicHealth, Local Government, and health agencies) to provide a quality service for Wimmera sports clubs and associations which encompasses the needs and priorities of the region.
See the Wimmera Sexual Health Services guide for a list of services including: family planning, pregnancy testing, abortion services, emergency contraception, pap testing, free condom distribution.
Woodbine Inc. is a non-profit organisation that provides accommodation, day services and supported employment programs to people with disabilities.
Youth Beyond Blue provides a 24 hour phone service where you can speak to a trained medical health professional. They also offer a ‘chat online’ service between 3pm adn 12am (AEST) every day. Visit the website for mor information.
Youthcentral is the Victorian Government’s web-based initiative for young people aged 12-25.
Youthcentral offers a range of information and advice on issues like jobs, study, travel, money and events in your local area – wherever you live in Victoria – whilst offering opportunities for you to participate.
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