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New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Jamieson, Victoria
Photographer: John Manger. Source: CSIRO Science Image

Welcome to HealthWest Partnership’s August update.

This month we launch a toolkit to support workforce mutuality: updated standards, as well as a self-assessment tool and good practice guide. While slowing the spread of COVID-19 remains the focus of many of our collective efforts in this time of ongoing crisis, efforts to prevent health inequities should remain front and centre, now and in the eventual process of rebuilding. Building workforces that reflect the diversity of the community is key to working towards health equity.

Staffing movements

This month we wish our Executive Officer, Gail O’Donnell well as she goes to cohealth for a four-month secondment to support their COVID response work in Melbourne’s west. During this time I will act in Gail’s position.

HealthWest is looking to fill my usual role of Prevention Manager  through a secondment from within our membership. While we will shortly inform members of the details of this process, please contact me if you would like more information on this position.

We are also sad to farewell Estelle Donse, who will be finishing her role with HealthWest at the end of August. Estelle has been a wonderful member of the team over the past two and a half years, having made an enormous contribution through her work on health literacy and workforce mutuality. We wish her all the best in her new role at Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.


Anna Vu
Acting Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9659

COVID-19 Translated materials


Workforce Mutuality: New Toolkit and Webinars

We are pleased to launch the ‘Workforce Mutuality Toolkit’, a resource designed to support organisations to improve their workforce mutuality.

The Toolkit consists of three resources designed to be used together, these are the:

  1. Standards for Workforce Mutuality
  2. Examples of Good Practice Guide
  3. Self-Assessment Tool

These resources guide organisations to:

  • Understand the concept and benefits of workforce mutuality.
  • Improve their workforce mutuality.

Download the Workforce Mutuality Toolkit


workforce mutuality standards

Updated: Standards for Workforce Mutuality
Explains the concept of workforce mutuality and its benefits. Describes the six Standards for Workforce Mutuality and why they’re important, and their indicators.

Developed by HealthWest Partnership

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Examples of Good Practice Guide
Describes a three step approach for making improvements to workforce mutuality. Includes examples of good practice for each indicator, and practical resources.

Developed by HealthWest Partnership 

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Self-Assessment Tool
A tool for assessing an organisation against the six Standards for Workforce Mutuality. Includes guidance for planning a self-assessment and prioritising work.

Developed by HealthWest Partnership 

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Tour the Toolkit!
To launch the Workforce Mutuality Toolkit we are hosting a series of 30 minute webinars on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 August. Participants will have the opportunity to receive a ‘tour’ of the toolkit and learn more about workforce mutuality and its benefits. There will also be time for questions and answers.

Estelle Donse
Systems Integration Manager

Useful links:

Useful links

Economic inclusion, workforce mutuality

Primary prevention, social inclusion

Prevention of violence against women

Health literacy, community participation


(from DVRCV) PiP Member Spotlight: Shelley Hewson-Munro

ShelleyI still keep hearing: ‘How do we engage men?’ That question really bothers me; because I’ve been doing it for 14 years, and lots of others have too. We should instead be asking: ‘How can we be doing this in safer ways? How can we create allies, rather than white knights?’

DVRCV recently produced a short piece introducing Shelley Hewson-Munro’s story, her passion for justice and her work across the prevention-to-response spectrum. Read more

For your diary

Feedback requested

Survey of Health and Wellbeing: Monitoring the impact of COVID-19 | By Swinburne Uni

Understanding the experiences of young people during COVID-19 | Commission for Children and Young People

Covid-19 Community Survey | By Maribyrnong City Council
Due date: 30 Aug 2020

Family Violence Reform Rolling Action Plan 2020 – 2023 | By Vic Gov
Due date: 31 Aug 202

Victorian volunteer strategy | By Vic Gov
Due date: 31 Dec 2020


Let’s Stay Connected Fund | Vic gov
To support community-led initiatives that build connection, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation that can be implemented quickly.

Scanlon Foundation Community Grants 
The Scanlon Foundation is looking to support projects that demonstrate their contribution to social cohesion through building pathways to employment.
Apply by: 18 September 2020

Information about assistance for organisations affected by COVID-19

Call for abstracts

Evidence and Implementation Summit (EIS) 2021
Abstract due date: 6 Oct 2020

August Events

[Free] Workforce Mutuality Toolkit Webinars
When: Thu 20 and Fri 21 August, several time slots
Where: via Zoom
Facilitated by: HealthWest

[Free] Bilingual/bicultural staff: so misunderstood
When: Tue 25 Aug, 12.00-12.30pm
Facilitated by: CEH

CEH 2020 Online Health Literacy Course
Do you want to learn how be a Health Literacy change agent? Help your organisation make improvements in consumer participation, client communication and client access to your service. The course also includes an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a workplace health literacy project.
When: Begins 26 Aug
Facilitated by: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health

How organisations can move beyond tokenism to real action on racism
When: Mon 31 Aug, 1.30-3.00pm
Where: Via Cisco Webex
Facilitated by: Diversity Council Australia

September Events

Women’s Health Week
When: Mon 7 – Fri 11 Sep
Facilitated by: Jean Hailes
Promotional resources available

[Free] Plain Language Spoken-Drop the Jargon Day Edition
When: Tue 22 Sep, 12.00-12.30pm
Facilitated by: CEH

October Events

Australian Public Health Conference 2020
When: Mon 19 – Fri 30 Oct
Where: Online
Facilitated by: Public Health Association Australia

Drop the Jargon
A day for professionals in Australian health, community services and local government to use plain language.
When: Tue 20 Oct
Facilitated by: CEH

[Free] Organisational Health Literacy – Drop the Jargon Day Edition
When: Tue 20 Oct
Facilitated by: CEH

November Events

Culturally Responsive Practice: Working With Young People From Migrant And Refugee Backgrounds
When: Thu 12 Nov
Where: Centre for Multicultural Youth, 304 Drummond St, Carlton
Facilitated by: Centre for Multicultural Youth

Conference: Connection, Creativity, Community: Finding Hope in a Climate of Crisis
When: Mon 16 – Tue 17 Nov
Where: Mooney Ponds, Melb
Facilitated by: Communities in Control

Workforce inclusion & diversity conference
Tue 17 – Thu 19 Nov
Where: Sydney
Knowledge partner: EEON

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