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Welcome to our March edition of the HealthWest Update.

It is 20 years since Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) commenced in Victoria. During this time we have learnt a great deal about the importance of collaborative partnerships in delivering system-wide improvements. We will be celebrating this significant milestone at an afternoon tea at Parliament House, on 18 March 2020. In addition, the VicPCP have almost completed a Partnership Capability Framework that describes the unique skills, behaviours and capabilities of the partnership platform that has helped shaped the health and community services system for two decades. Watch out for its release in the coming months.

We are still awaiting the outcomes of the KPMG review undertaken late last year and hope that the findings will support the ongoing need for a partnership platform to harness the collective efforts of the health and human services sector. Guidance about how to support HealthWest Partnership and the broader PCP platform can be found below.

Until next month,

Kind regards,
Gail O’Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665

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We need your support! Your voice is powerful in securing the future of HealthWest Partnership.

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For more ways you can support PCPs, visit the VicPCP website


Understanding the impact of organisational health literacy

Last year we commissioned Dr Lucio Naccarella from the University of Melbourne to undertake research at the consumer level. Understanding the Impact of Organisational Health Literacy Initiatives on Clients explores the impact of health literacy initiatives on clients in four of our member organisations. HealthWest prioritised health literacy in its 2013-2017 Strategic Plan and continues to build the capacity of member organisations through promotion of the online training module, the development of Make it Easy: A Handbook for Becoming a Health Literate Organisation and a mentoring program.

Lucio’s research demonstrates that change is occurring in member organisations and clients are reaping the benefits of this change.

Read the executive summary

Read the full report

Tanya Sofra
Strategic Projects Manager

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Experience the Man Box

In conjunction with Vic Polytechnic Construction and Sound departments, the last Project Momentum spin off project was launched during O week at Vic Uni on Tuesday 18 March.

“Enter The Man Box” is an art installation piece that explores the narrative of manhood and what men say to each other to make them a “Real Man.”

Watch what men have to say about the narrative of manhood …


The Man Box video

Missed the launch?
You can still “Enter the Man Box” before it closes. 

Email Project Momentum

Shelley Hewson
Working Together with Men – Momentum Project Manager;

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‘What about men?’ Engaging men and boys to prevent violence against women

How do we get men and boys on board with prevention and gender equality, while ensuring the work is gender transformative and evidence based?

What are the strategies that can be used to respond to the ongoing resistance and backlash in this work?

Our Working Together with Men and Momentum Project Manager, Shelley Hewson, will join others on a panel to take participants on a journey to explore these questions.

When: Thursday 12 March, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Where: VDC, Level 8/379 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 or online
Facilitated by: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Vic

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In this section, we introduce you to some of the resources that HealthWest and other Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) have developed in the course of our work.


Make it Easy Handbook

Make it Easy: A Handbook for Becoming a Health Literate Organisation
This resource provides easy to use, achievable and practical advice and tools to support organisations to improve their organisational health literacy.

Developed by HealthWest Partnership and Inner North West PCP

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The Well

The Well
The Well has been created for people working in community health and wellbeing. It is designed to inform planning, action and to help measure success. It’s about integrating effort and sharing high quality information.

Topics include: Family violence, mental health, co-design, health literacy and more.

Developed by Outer East and Inner East PCP

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Economic inclusion, workforce mutuality

Health literacy, community partnerships

Prevention of violence against women

Primary prevention, social inclusion

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Join a workshop to have you say in how can to improve mental health services in north western Melbourne | By North Western Melbourne PHN
Due date: Various dates in March in different locations

Climate Change and Health | By Consumers Health Forum of Australia

March Events

Free seminar: What about men? Engaging men and boys to prevent violence against women
When: Thursday 12 March, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Where: VDC, Level 8/379 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 or online
Facilitated by: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Vic

Plain Language Workshop | For Organisations Working with CALD Communities
When: Wednesday 18 March, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, Melbourne
Facilitated by: Sylaba Translations

Welcoming Cities Symposium 2020
Brings together international, national and local practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, business innovators and civic leaders to share and discuss the challenges, benefits and opportunities of migration, settlement, cultural diversity and inclusion.
When: Wednesday 18 – Thursday 19 March
Where: Canberra

Free: Advocate training for ethnic people with a disability
Participants will be eligible to apply for employment as Self Advocates with ECCV in their local community.
When: Thursday 19 March
Facilitated by: Ethnic Communities Council’ of Victoria (ECCV) and Diversity n Disability (MRCNW)

Peer Support Leadership Training Workshops: Health Literacy, and Illness & Intimacy
When: Tuesday 24 March
Where: Rydges on Swanston—Board Room 2, 701 Swanston Street, Carlton
Facilitated by: Chronic Illness Alliance

April Events

Australian Loneliness Dialogue: Exploring the Rural Experience
When: Thursday 2 – Friday 3 April
Where: Warrandyte, co-hosted remotely in Horsham
Facilitated by: Friends for Good

Fostering Multiculturally Inclusive Workplaces
When: Wednesday 15 April
By: Brotherhood of St Laurence

Evidence in Action: ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children
When:Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 April
Where: Adelaide
Facilitated by: ANROWS

May Events

Free webinar: How to encourage migrants and refugees to use your services
When: Tuesday 19 May
Facilitated by: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health

Workforce inclusion & diversity conference
Tuesday 26 – Wednesday 27 May (post conference workshop 28 May)
Where: Sydney
Facilitated by: EEON

July Events

Better care everywhere: Healthcare variation in practice
When: Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 July
Where: Sydney
Facilitated by: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

September Events

aes20 International Evaluation Conference
When: Monday 7 – Friday 11 September
Where: Brisbane
Facilitated by: Australian Evaluation Society