Primary prevention communities of practice

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Communities of Practice are emerging as a successful and sought-after mechanism to improve the wellbeing of workers, organisations and the primary prevention sector.

Our communities of practice (CoP) purposely bring together those working in primary prevention or respectful relationships education to explore challenges and opportunities, support evidence-based approaches, and strengthen policy and practice in relation to this work.

Communities of practice are a safe space for prevention practitioners to exchange knowledge, resources and ideas and build rich relationships. Through peer learning and expert facilitation, we enable opportunities for personal growth and practical skill development. 

Expressions of interest for our primary prevention communities of practice are now open. This upcoming round of Communities of Practice 2022-23 will be held virtually. 

“When you’re in it by yourself you feel like you’re swimming, you’re struggling, but when there are others going through the same things, you are sharing and supporting each other.”

– COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE PARTICIPANT (JUNE 2022)

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Expressions of interest are now open for 2022-23 Communities of Practice

Our communities of practice for prevention practitioners provide a unique opportunity for transformative learnings and reflection. In an expert-facilitated space, the CoP provides an adaptive and flexible space for peer learning, through reflective practice and group troubleshooting on shared or unique challenges and opportunities and connecting with other practitioners across the sector.   

Participating in a Community of Practice supports your understanding of evidence-based practice, and helps you create meaningful connections with other practitioners doing the work.  Ultimately, it aims to keep that fire in your belly roaring through connection, reflection and celebration. 

Each community of practice is comprised of 15 people maximum. As a closed group each CoP will meet virtually for 2 hours on approximately a monthly basis. The CoP sessions are directly shaped by CoP members, it is an expectation that those participating can attend majority of the sessions. 

Expressions of interest will be open until Wednesday 31 August. Depending on the level of interest, we may add an additional CoP or change the CoP focus, to be responsive to practitioners’ needs and interests. 

We facilitate a range of communities of practice to support practitioners in different areas of their work, for example, those who are new to the sector, working in Respectful Relationships Education, or working in regional and rural prevention settings. Learn more about our upcoming CoPs below.

Respectful Relationship Education CoP

This Community of Practice aims to connect practitioners working to implement and support the delivery of Respectful Relationships Education in schools across Victoria.  In a structured space, the CoP encourages peer learning, reflective practice, idea sharing and group troubleshooting to shared or unique challenges, to connect, collaborate and celebrate, leading to more effective outcomes. Participation in this CoP will foster practitioner wellbeing, build confidence and connection to prevention practice and sector colleagues in RRE delivery and support. 

This CoP series will be scheduled on an approximately monthly basis on Wednesdays between 1pm-3pm. 

Dates 

  • Session 1: 28 September 2022
  • Session 2: 26 October 2022
  • Session 3: 23 November 2022 
  • Session 4: 25 January 2023 
  • Session 5: 22 February 2023
  • Session 6: 22 March 2023  
  • Session 7: 26 April 2023
  • Session 8: 24 May 2023 

Emerging Prevention Practitioners CoP

This Community of Practice provides a unique opportunity for people who are learning and growing in their prevention of violence against women and family violence roles to routinely come together. In a professionally facilitated environment, the CoP provides opportunity for knowledge transfer and identifying and working through shared challenges and opportunities that arise in early career development.  Participation in this community will build confidence and support key knowledge and skills for doing this work effectively.

This CoP series will be scheduled on an approximately monthly basis on Wednesday mornings between 10am-12pm.

Dates 

  • Session 1: 28 September 2022  
  • Session 2: 26 October 2022  
  • Session 3: 23 November 2022  
  • Session 4: 21 December 2022  
  • Session 5: 22 February 2023 
  • Session 6: 22 March 2023  
  • Session 7: 26 April 2023  
  • Session 8: 24 May 2023  

Regional and Rural Prevention Practitioners CoP

This Community of Practice provides a distinct opportunity for prevention practitioners that work in regional and rural prevention settings to routinely come together across 6 sessions.  In a professionally facilitated environment, the Regional/Rural CoP will work to provide opportunity for knowledge sharing, identifying and work through shared challenges and opportunities that arise specifically in regional prevention practice.  Participation in this CoP will build confidence, collegiality and leverage the prevention skills and knowledge in regional prevention work. 

This CoP series will be scheduled to run on an approximately monthly basis on Tuesday afternoons between 1pm-3pm.

Dates 

  • Session 1: 18 October 2022
  • Session 2: 15 November 2022
  • Session 3: 21 February 2023
  • Session 4: 21 March 2023
  • Session 5: 18 April 2023
  • Session 6: 16 May 2023

Here are the high level results from Safe and Equal CoPs in 2021-22:

100%

of participants across all four CoPs felt that the format was engaging and that the themes covered were relevant to their work.  

85%

of CoP participants agreed or strongly agreed that the CoP had deepened their understanding of evidence-based practice. 

100%

of participants felt that the CoP had supported them to create and nurture connections with other practitioners and build networks.  

96%

of all CoP participants believed that they had gained at least one new idea, resource, or key message that would support their future practice.  

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