1 March 2017

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

Working in Two Worlds Forum

On 30 March 2017, The Long Walk and North and West Region Primary Care Partnerships Koolin Balit Consortium are jointly convening a one-day “Working in Two Worlds” forum. The forum is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People working in mainstream health and community services organisations. The forum arises out of a demonstrated need for mainstream health and community service sector employers to more effectively support their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. This is an opportunity to inform a model of support that is safe and appropriate.

More info: See the flyer here.


Self Management Network – Save the dates and evaluation

The Self-Management Network Working Group is proud to announce three forums for 2017. Mental Health will be an ongoing theme for the meetings in 2017. The 2016 evaluation summary demonstrates the network is highly valued by the members, providing meaningful opportunities to develop self-management skills and knowledge. Many thanks to the Working Group for their tremendous efforts in organising these meetings!

More info: See evaluation summary here and dates for 2017 here.


2018 & Beyond Forum Summary

The 2018 & Beyond Forum was coordinated by the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health Working Group to start a conversation in Melbourne’s west about how the health and community service system will support refugees and asylum seekers in 2018 and beyond. The forum aimed to enhance our understanding as a region of the changes, challenges and opportunities arising with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and reform of state funded mental health system in 2018 and beyond. A summary of the key issues was submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS regarding an inquiry into psychosocial supports.

More info: See summary here.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Health Literacy and the Shanghai Declaration

The Shanghai Declaration on promoting health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at the 9th Global conference on health promotion in November 2016.

The Declaration highlights the need for people to be able to control their own health – to be in a position to make healthy lifestyle choices. It highlights the role of health literacy in empowering people and driving health equity.

More info: Download the Shanghai Declaration here.


Putting People at the Centre: The Future of Health

35 health ministers from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and partner countries have released a joint statement announcing a strong commitment to reorienting health systems towards person-centred care. This follows an OECD meeting in January 2017.

The commitment is supported by a planned large program of work at the OECD to include international benchmarking of patient-reported experience measures, patient-reported outcome measures, and patient-reported safety indicators.

More info:

  • Download the Ministerial statement here.
  • Read an editorial about the implications of the statement here.


Ten tips for more inclusive communication

Diversity Council Australia have put together a list of ten tips and resources to help you communicate more inclusively.

More info: Read the tips and supporting resources here.


Consumer involvement in development and implementation of Models of Care

This article provides evidence, best practice case studies and advice about involving consumers in the development and implementation of Models of Care across all levels of health care.

While the context is musculoskeletal Models of Care, the information will be of interest to clinicians, administrators, researchers and consumers wanting to increase evidence-based consumer involvement at any level within their health system.

More info: Read the article here.


Shout Out – Young multicultural voices for change

Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds have a wealth of unique perspectives and fresh ideas to contribute to Australia’s rich diversity. While there are many specialist voices willing to talk about youth issues, it’s often more insightful and meaningful to hear from the real experts – young people.

Shout Out is an innovative public speakers agency that trains and nurtures young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to share their experiences and views with a wider audience.

More info: Arrange a speaker for your event or register to become a Shout Out speaker here.


Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

This Report considers solutions that could be identified, developed, and implemented at the local or community level to advance health equity. It identifies the major elements of effective or promising solutions and their key levers, policies, stakeholders, and other elements needed to be successful.

As part of the process, a conceptual model was developed demonstrating the context in which health inequities and community-driven solutions exist.

More info: Check out the conceptual model of community driven solutions or download the full report.


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Service Integration

New guide for initiating end-of-life conversations with multi-faith communities

Health and aged care provider Cabrini has launched a new website to support health professionals to have sensitive conversations about advance care planning with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.  The resource, ACPTalk, was developed in partnership with national and state religious and cultural organisations to build the knowledge and skills of health and aged care professionals working with diverse communities.

More info: View the website here.


Recruit Smarter – Removing Bias from Workplace Recruiting

The Victorian State Government Recruit Smarter initiative aims to reduce potential bias during the job application process. Recruit Smarter will de-identify personal details such as names, genders, ages, and locations so that job applicants are judged on their skills and abilities rather than background or identity.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Treasury and Finance, WorkSafe, VicHealth, the Transport Accident Commission, Westpac, Ai Group and accounting firm PwC are some of the partners to have signed up for the trial.

More info: Go to the Recruit Smarter website here.


The provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition

A joint standing committee has been established on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). As part of the committee’s inquiry into the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the committee will inquire into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition.

More info: View the website here.


Aged care: More choice, new flexible packages and advocacy

The Minister for Aged Care recently launched Increasing Choice in Home Care, which gives consumers more choice in home care services – such as personal care, nursing and social support – to suit their individual needs. Funding will follow the consumer, not the provider. Australians will also benefit from an innovative new form of flexible aged care that will help older people remain in their own homes for longer after injury or illness. The new Short-Term Restorative Care places are part of the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR). The government has also drafted the National Aged Care Advocacy Framework and opened the National Aged Care Advocacy Program funding round.

More info: See the media releases here and here.


Victorian. And Proud of It

The Victorian government has released a new multicultural policy statement and websiteThe new campaign includes a series of initiatives to encourage Victorians – from all walks of life, all circumstances and all cultural backgrounds – to contribute and belong.

More info: Visit the website here.

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Victorian Attorney General’s Inquiry into Regulating Gambling and Liquor

This Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) audit assessed the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation’s (VCGLR) licensing and compliance functions, its oversight of the Melbourne Casino, its performance measurement and reporting, and its collaboration with other agencies. The audit followed up on recommendations from two previous audits, Taking Action on Problem Gambling in 2010 and Effectiveness of Justice Strategies in Preventing and Reducing Alcohol-Related Harm in 2012.

More info: Read more here.


Gaming Machine Harm Minimisation Measures Consultation

Submissions from a recent government consultation into Gaming Machine Harm Minimisation measures are now available online.

More info: Read more here.


Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Prevention Partnerships Fund Open

Applications for grants within the Prevention Partnerships Program 2017-19 are now open until 14 March 2017. The program has a total of $4 million funding available over two years from 2017-2019. Applications for grants are welcome from community, not for profit organisations, social enterprise, and local government or public health organisations.

More info: Learn more about the grants here.


Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children (BSCW)

Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children (BSCW) is an Australian Government initiative under the COAG: National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 (the National Plan). This initiative builds on the partnership between Australian governments and communities to reduce violence against women and their children. Forty projects are funded through the Department of Social Services (DSS) BSCW grants across Australia with the aim to develop and implement solutions to reduce violence against women and their children in local communities.

More info: For a brief summary of the diverse and innovative work of each of the BSCW projects, click here.


Strategies to Engage Men and Boys in Violence Prevention: A Global Organizational Perspective

This study presents descriptive findings from in-depth interviews with 29 representatives of organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and North and South America that engage men and boys in preventing gender-based violence. In particular, the findings suggest that strategies are responsive to the specific cultural, economic and contextual concerns of the local community, with nuanced messages and appropriate messengers. Additionally, respondents reported key principles informing their organizational strategies to deepen men and boys’ engagement. Attention is also paid to respondents’ caution about the risks of framing of engagement practices as separate from both women’s organizations and women and girls themselves.

More info: Read more here.


Bystanders often don’t intervene in sexual harassment-should they?

In order to intervene, bystanders need to be able to recognise sexual harassment or assault when it is happening. A significant proportion of the population adheres to a range of problematic beliefs and stereotypes about sexual violence and violence against women, so it is questionable whether many people recognise incidents of sexual harassment or assault when they occur.

More info: Read more here.


New Tweddle Pilot – Home Parenting Education Support program (HoPES)

Tweddle Child and Family Health Service are launching a new pilot program to support vulnerable families and their babies and toddlers. The 8 week program will take referrals from the Department of Health and Human Services, and will work from a Family Partnership Model.

More info: Read more here.


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Aboriginal Health

A Global Snapshot of Indigenous and Tribal People’s Health: The Lancet–Lowitja Institute Collaboration

A summary of the history, culture, legal and political status as well as socio-demographic factors of each Indigenous or Tribal group

More info: Read more here.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Men’s Health, Wellbeing and Cultural Camp

Workshops include Family Violence Issues, Cultural Activities, Sharing Stories, Men’s Sexual Health, Men’s Health and Wellbeing, Opportunities for Men to check-in & Team Building Exercises.

When:  18th, 19th, 20th, 21st of April, 2017
Where:  The Grampians, Victoria
More info: Download the flyer here.


Indigenous National Allied Health Conference

The Indigenous Allied Health Association is pleased to announce the 4th Biennial National Conference. Save the date.

Where: Rendezvous Hotel in Perth, Western Australia
When: 27 – 30 November 2017.
More info: Details and register here.


Tracks to Healing

Tracks to Healing is culturally competent training for Kinship carers of Aboriginal children and young people. The training has been developed by and is presented by Australian Childhood Trauma Group in collaboration with SNAICC ( Secretariat of National Aboriginal Islander Child Care).

Where: Warrnambool and Werribee
When: 22 and 30 March 2017
More info: Details and register here.


Kulin Cuppa

The Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre (WACC) is a place to meet other community members & staff from local organisations that provide services to the Aboriginal community of Wyndham. Visit the WACC for Kulin Cuppa and chat in a friendly, relaxed and welcoming environment.

When: Tuesday 7th of March 2017, 9.30am.
Where: Victoria University, Werribee Campus
More info: See flyer here.


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For Your Diary


Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Prevention Partnership Program 2017 – 19

Grants are invited from community, not for profit organisations, social enterprise, local government or public health organisations, to help prevent and reduce gambling related harm within local communities across Victoria.

More info: Click here to review the funding guidelines and to find out how to apply. Applications close AEDT 14 March, 2017.


Jean Hailes Funding for Community Organisations

This new project will enable ten Victorian organisations from community health, women’s health, multicultural and Indigenous health, rural health, local government and other not-for-profit bodies to access an expert speaker to deliver a presentation that addresses local health information needs.

More info: Visit the website here. Applications close on 17 March 2017.



7th International Carers Conference

Carers Australia has announced that registrations are open for the 7th International Carers Conference.  The conference will feature high-profile national and international speakers, thought-provoking presentations, challenging debates, interactive workshops and a cutting-edge exhibition zone.

When: 4-6 October, 2017
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
More info: Visit the 7th International Carers Conference website here.


Primary Health Care Research Conference

The PHC Research Conference, convened by PHCRIS in partnership with Flinders University, provides the opportunity for these allies from across the health sector to share both evidence and innovations on some of the key priorities in PHC. Communicate your ideas, build your networks, discuss your projects, and inform our future.

When: 7-9 August, 2017
Where: Brisbane, Queensland
More info: Details and registration here.



ECCV Multicultural forum

ECCV (Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria) and Polaron Language Services are holding a FREE industry forum: Disrupt-Create-Connect: The Business of Multiculturalism. The forum will provide cutting-edge perspectives on communication with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Victoria, language services and key multicultural issues.

When: Friday 24 March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Where: Russell Kennedy Lawyers, 469 La Trobe St, Melbourne
More info: RSVP essential – email: translations@polaron.com.au or call 1300 88 55 61  no later than Friday, 10th March.


Melbourne Metro

Listen Up!

Listen Up is a collaborative Youth Forum exploring the social and emotional health and wellbeing of young people from diverse communities. Presented by the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Forensicare, Western Young People’s Independent Network (WYPIN) and their auspice Melbourne City Mission (MCM) and Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH).

When: 9th March, 2-17: 10:00am
Performance Space, Library at the Dock, Docklands
More info: Details and register here.


Celebrating the success of the Victorian Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program

Health, education and other professionals are invited to attend a forum co-hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Victorian Multicultural Commission and organisations receiving funding under the Victorian Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP). In partnership with the community and service providers, the FARREP is aimed at preventing the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting, supporting women, girls and communities who may be affected and working with a range of professionals to improve support and referrals.

When: Thursday 16th March, 2017
Where: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne
More info: Register here.


OzDAFNE HP Workshop

Health professionals caring for people with type 1 learn about OzDAFNE.

When: Friday 17th March, 2017: 9.00am – 4.30pm
Where: Diabetes Victoria, 51 Leicester Street, Carlton
More info: Visit the website here.


Health Literacy and Ophelia Masterclass

Using the latest health literacy research and practices, this masterclass will demonstrate how to develop fit-for-purpose interventions to reduce inequalities in health service access and engagement.

When: 12 and 13 April 2017: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Where: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne
More info: Details and registration here. Contact Carol Wildey on hltrain@deakin.edu.au with enquiries.


Motivational Interviewing: Foundation Skills workshop

Motivational Interviewing is a set of practical principles and skills for promoting respectful and productive conversations about change. The approach is complementary to a wide range of interventions and professional settings.

When: 27-28 April, 2017
Where: Ceres Environment Park in East Brunswick
More info: Details and registration here.


Communities in Control Conference 2017

What Makes Healthy Communities? People have the Power! Come to Communities in Control and remind yourself how it’s done: work together, help people, have fun, do something useful, and do it with all your might!

When: 29-30 May, 2017
Where: Moonee Valley Racecourse, McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds
More info: See the list of conference speakers and register to attend here.


New workshops from Health Issues Centre

These workshops are designed to encourage and support collaboration between consumers and health services, and are being offered for the first time in 2017.

All workshops take place at Health Issues Centre, Level 1 255 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

  • Health Literacy for Clinical and Non-Clinical Staff
    11th May, 9:30am – 12:30pm, details here.
  • Co-production for Health Consumers
    13 June, 9:30am – 12:30pm, details here.
  • Co-production for Health and Community Services
    13 June, 9:30am – 4:30pm, details here.
  • Clinical Governance for Health Consumers
    20 June, 9:30am – 12:30pm, details here.


Local Area

West Melbourne Cross-Sector Community of Practice (this Thursday)

The session will focus on assisting clients navigate multiple service systems, and explore ways organisations can work in a more coordinated approach to deliver integrated supports and holistic care for clients.

When:  Thursday 2nd March, 2017 (tomorrow)
Where: Centre Space, Victoria University at Metro West, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, Victoria
More info: Register here.



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