1 June 2016

Welcome to HealthWest’s fortnightly newsletter. Read on for the latest in health news, resources, events and more!

News at HealthWest
Health Literacy and Community Partnership
Service Integration
Aboriginal Health
For Your Diary

News at HealthWest


Evaluation of the NWMR PCP Consortium Koolin Balit Project

Investment by the Victorian Government (through the Closing the Health Gap and Koolin Balit funding rounds) has enabled the four PCPs in the North West Metropolitan Region (NWMR), including HealthWest Partnership, to initiate and resource a sophisticated approach to building cultural competency in mainstream agencies across their catchments, thereby addressing key barriers to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people. The legacy of this investment is fundamental and sustainable change in over 20 mainstream organisations in the north and west metropolitan region, and beyond.

More info: Download the report here.


Eyes wide open: a closer look into eye health and low vision care

Please take advantage of this free training offered locally by the Vision Initiative in partnership with HealthWest on Tuesday 7 June at the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine. This training may be of particular interest to those working in aged care facilities, or for those working with people aged over 40,  people with diabetes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or culturally and linguistically diverse people. The Vision Initiative, an integrated eye health promotion program, is implementing activity in the local government area of Brimbank to tackle avoidable blindness and vision loss in the area until June 2017.

When: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Visy Cares Hub, 80b Harvester Road Sunshine

More info: For further details and to register, click here.


Children and Youth Area Partnerships

Children and Youth Partnerships (Area Partnerships) are a new way of working to more effectively join-up social services in Victoria to support better outcomes for vulnerable children and young people. Eight Area Partnerships have been established in Victoria including one in western Melbourne.

More info: Click here to read more about Children and Youth Area Partnerships.


Managing Aboriginal people and programs

The four PCPs in the North West Metropolitan Region, including HealthWest Partnership are working together to build cultural competency in mainstream agencies across their catchments, thereby addressing key barriers to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people. The PCPs are working with VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc) to pilot Managing Aboriginal people and programs training. This training is available to the Koolin Balit Wellbeing Partnership Group.

If you are interested in participating in future training opportunities please contact tanya.sofra@healthwest.org.au



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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Health Literacy Workshop

On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify principles of health literacy and models of practice
  • Apply tools to improve individuals’ understanding of health information
  • Identify organisational priority areas for health literacy action
  • Contextualise health literacy within cultural responsiveness, quality improvement and diversity planning requirements

When: Monday 8 August 2016, 9.30am – 4:30pm
Where: Alfred Medical Research & Education Precinct (AMREP), The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Prahran
Cost $220 (includes GST)

More info: To register, please see the workshop flyer.


Health literacy and numeracy – new papers

Numeracy is a key part of health literacy. Being able to understand food labels, take prescriptions correctly and pay for services is important for health and wellbeing.

The National Academy of Medicine has recently published two papers on this important topic:

  • Numbers Get In the Way, R. Rudd, 2016. (Download here).
  • Strategies to Enhance Numeracy Skills, A. Pleasant, M. Rooney, C O’Leary, L. Myers & R Rudd, 2016. (Download here).


Publication on community engagement

There have been growing calls for service providers to seek greater community engagement in the design and delivery of services. However there is no consensus as to what this involves, and there appears to be a gap between the rhetoric and the reality of community engagement.

The paper Community engagement: A key strategy for improving outcomes for Australian families seeks to clarify what community engagement involves, how it relates to other ideas and practices, and the role it can play in improving outcomes for children and families.

More info: You can read the full paper on the Australian Institute of Family Studies website.


Workshop Summary: Health Literacy and Palliative Care

The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a 1-day public workshop to explore the relationship between palliative care and health literacy, and the importance of health literate communication in providing high-quality delivery of palliative care.

This workshop summary summarises the discussions that occurred throughout the workshop and highlights the key lessons presented, practical strategies, and the needs and opportunities for improving health literacy in the United States.

More info: Download the free PDF here.


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Service Integration

New web page dedicated to Primary Health Network (PHN) data

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new web report on the 24th May, 2016. This new web page will provide an overview of the primary health care system and the delivery of health care services.

An option is also available through this system called “Mortality Over Regions and Time” (MORT) and will present national mortality data by geographical, socioeconomic and statistical areas. It is believed this platform will assist with performance monitoring, trends over time and population health planning.

More info: View the webpage here, and the Mortality over Regions and Time (MORT) books here.


My Aged Care Update

Provider forums were held in May, presenting updates from Commonwealth and Victorian governments regarding the transition of Home and Community Care Services to My Aged Care.  The presentations include an overview of key milestones for 2016.

More info: For further resources, click here.


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Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone — men included.

Yes, we all know it’s the right thing to do. But Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace and at home. It’s not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that will result in more opportunity and more happiness for everybody.

More info: View the TED Talk here.


Only One Country Offers Universal Health Care To All Migrants

Migrants often have trouble getting medical care in the country in which they resettle. Those who are in the country illegally have an even harder time.

While many countries struggle with whether — and how — to provide health care for their migrant populations, one country seems to stand out in its policy to provide equitable coverage for migrants and refugees, regardless of their legal status: Thailand.

More info: Read the article here.


Tackling stigma associated with problem gambling

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has recently published a report on lessons for the development of initiatives to tackle the stigma associated with problem gambling. The report examines the effectiveness of anti-stigma campaigns in other areas, as well as the causes and consequences of stigma on those with gambling problems.

More info: Read the report here.


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Aboriginal Health

Reconciliation week

Support reconciliation week by attending events happening in your local region.

More info: You can find a convenient list of things happening around Victoria here.


Equity key to National Reconciliation Week (PHAA Media Release)

Acknowledging the collective rights and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is key to improving health equity, says Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Vice President (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Health), Carmen Parter.

More info: Download the media release here.


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For Your Diary


ConnectingCare/Argus webinar – Searching and Sending

Hosted by Healthconnex, this webinar covers all that is required to allow new users to search the Service Directory and to send secure referrals and messages to other ConnectingCare.com users and to Argus users.

When: 8th June, 2016: 2.00pm – 2:45pm
More info: Register here.


MOVE muscle, bone & joint health– The Diagnosis and Management of ‘Lupus’

In this webinar, Eric Morand will discuss recent highlights in clinical and fundamental research in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and outline the implications of the research for the diagnostic and management approaches within person-centred care.

When: Monday 20 June 2016: 7.00 – 8.00pm (AEST)
Audience: Health professionals of various disciplines across the musculoskeletal health and other sectors

More info: For further details and to register, click here.



Western Region

Sons of the West

Sons of the West is a FREE men’s health program for men aged 18 and over living, working and recreating in Victoria’s west.

It is a 10-week program where we’ll aim to improve mental and physical health through a series of workshops, presentations, events and experiences.

Where: There are 12 locations across Hobsons Bay, Melton, Wyndham, Maribyrnong, Brimbank and Ballarat.
When: The program commences on the 6th of June, 2016 (dates vary by locations).
Cost: This program is free! No need to register, just turn up.
More info: Download the flyer here.



Melbourne Metro

Pokies Art Project Exhibition

Artwork created by the community as part of a gambling harm reduction workshop will be showcased in an exhibition at the Wheatsheaf Community Hub.

When: Opening Friday 3rd June at 1.30pm. Exhibition runs until the 6th June
Where: Wheatsheaf Community Hub, Wheatsheaf Rd, Glenroy


Creating Dementia-Friendly Communities

This masterclass is a unique opportunity to hear about the UK’s experience in creating dementia-friendly communities and how these learnings can be applied to the Australian context.

When: Tuesday 21st June, 2016: 11.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Supper Room, Corner of Swanston and Collins Street, Melbourne
More info: Download the flyer here.


AIFS (Australian Institute of Family Studies) 2016 Conference

The 2016 AIFS Conference will draw key thinkers, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners from across different sectors and disciplines, including education, health, and social sciences. Together we will apply interdisciplinary expertise and forge new solutions to complex problems.

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centres, South Wharf, Melbourne.
When: July 6 – 8, 2016
More info: Visit the website here.

15th World Congress on Public Health – Call for Abstracts

The Scientific Committee for the World Congress on Public Health 2017 invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation at WCPH2017. Submissions are sought for a number of different presentation types and can be made via the Presenters’ Portal.

More info: Congress dates: 3 – 7 April 2017. Abstracts are due by 26 August 2016 – further details here.



Local Area

Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) Diabetes Seminar (for community)

Information will be provided on nutrition, exercise, prevention and management.

Where: Clayton Community Centre (next to the library), 8 – 15 Cooke Street, Clayton
When: Wednesday 1st June, 2016: 1.30 – 2.30pm
More info: Call Adonis Maglis on 9388 9998.


Refugee Women’s Health

This free workshop for nurses and allied health professionals will examine the particular health needs and experiences of women who are refugees or seeking asylum.

When: 9 June 2016: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Where: Foundation House, 4 Gardiner Street, Brunswick

More info: For further details and to register, click here.


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