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The GSNV Practical Wellness Series:

October 6th-25th 2021

As a valued member of the GSNV community we wanted to remind you that aligned with the global focus in October on mental health, our month long Practical Wellness series of workshops starts from tomorrow.

Registrations are still open to take part in the workshops we are hosting with key industry leaders.

There are 4 weeks of workshops, one per week in an online format.

To assist you in completing the registration form please find details of each event below:

PEER SUPPORT TRAINING presented by Cystic Fibrosis Community Care October 6th 10:00am-12:00pm 


RIGHT TO SAFETY WORKSHOP presented by Women with Disabilities Victoria  October 19th 10:00am-1:00pm

DEMYSTIFYING LOSS & GRIEF WORKSHOP presented by Very Special Kids October 25th 10:00am – 12:00pm

Register here for the Practical Wellness Series
Cystic Fibrosis Community Care (CFCC) is once again supporting the supporters to bring you Peer Support training.

A highly recommended training to understand effective peer support which can help reduce feelings of isolation, anxiety and stress, building confidence and self-management within your community.

Cindy will discuss what is peer support and rights and responsibilities, and things to consider when implementing a peer support program. 
Cindy Van Rooy is the Programs and Support Services Manager for Victoria at Cystic Fibrosis Community Care. CFCC is the peak not-for-profit community organisation working across Victoria with, and for, people living with cystic fibrosis (CF), their families and carers. CFCC provides advocacy, support and information services to people living with CF and their families.

She has been involved in the coordination of CFCC’s peer support program for over 6 years as it has developed and evolved to meet the changing needs of the community and new technologies. CFCC’s peer support program includes a mix of one-on-one peer support, an online Facebook group, and group peer support activities that are run face-to-face (restrictions permitting) and online.


Women with Disabilities Victoria has partnered with the Genetic Support Network Victoria (GSNV) to offer one half-day training session to employees, network members and the related community. The workshops will focus on introducing participants to gender and disability inequality, violence against women and primary prevention of violence against women with disabilities.

The training will draw from the Our Watch Change the Story framework for violence prevention as well as the Prevention Violence against Women and Family Violence Capability Framework.

The session will follow WDV’s standard cofacilitation model.

Module 1: Introduction to Prevention of Violence against Women with Disabilities

Module 2: Prevention in Action

Olivia Franklin is a passionate feminist and advocate for women's rights, health and safety. She has been working for five years in the women's rights space with roles spanning family violence response, international development, gender and disability advocacy and the prevention of violence against women.

Tess Karambelas is a social worker who has worked for Women with Disabilities Victoria for 3 years. She has a lived experience of Cerebral Palsy which she uses to inform her training to deliver PVAW gender and disability intersectionality training to disability and social service organisations.


For the first time the GSNV has collaborated with Very Special Kids (VSK), a Victorian based children’s charity that helps approximately 850 families across the State who have a child with a life-threatening condition. They provide ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement. 

Loss and bereavement can take many forms, not only linked to life threatening conditions, so it is fitting to bring you this workshop by the experienced team at VSK.

This workshop will explore:

  • Defining grief, trauma, and primary and secondary losses
  • Common misunderstandings
  • Contemporary approaches
  • Practical tips to support someone experiencing all types of grief and loss

Places are limited for this FREE event.

Lucinda Fraser is a family support practitioner at Very Special Kids, covering the Loddon Mallee region. She has previously worked in the areas of trauma, grief, loss, suicide prevention and postvention across paediatric and adult hospitals and community settings.

As a social worker, she is drawn to areas such as palliative care that are often stigmatised and enjoys the work that comes with bearing witness to vulnerability and allowing people to be heard whilst grieving.



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