1 November 2017

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

News at HealthWest
Partnership and Collaboration
Access & Equity
For Your Diary

News at HealthWest


The health of HealthWest – your contribution required

The HealthWest Management Group has commissioned Lirata Consulting to undertake a review of the health of HealthWest within the context of significant change occurring in the health and community sector. The methodology will include an on-line survey, focus groups and individual interviews and will take place in November.

As key stakeholders in the HealthWest Partnership your participation in this review is very important to us and we encourage you to participate to help us improve and strengthen our partnership.

More info: If you wish to be involved or require further information, please contact Gail O’Donnell on 92489665 or gail.odonnell@healthwest.org.au


New publication – Building health literacy responsiveness in Melbourne’s west

HealthWest’s first journal article has been published online by the Australian Health Review. It demonstrates how a systems approach can support change in the health literacy responsiveness of a health and community services system over a four year timeframe.

The case study describes the Health Literacy Development Project, incorporating the Health Literacy Development Course, the Health Literacy Community of Practice, the Health Literacy Alliance and annual evaluations. The project was delivered with cohealth and the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health between 2013 and 2017.

HealthWest wants to acknowledge and thank everyone who participated in this project over the years, including our project partners, members and community participants. This really was a partnership effort!

More info:

  • Find the paper online at the Australian Health Review here (behind a pay-wall).
  • Read the pre-publication case-study and more information about the Health Literacy Development Project on our website here.


Health Promotion Community of Practice (HPPN) Professional Development – Marketing yourself on LinkedIn

The Health Promotion Practitioners Network (HPPN) is running a free professional development session in early November covering how to promote yourself as a health promotion practitioner. The event will explore how to network and market yourself on LinkedIn, and participants will have the opportunity to have a profile picture taken by a professional photographer.

More info: To register, click here. More more information on the HPPN, click here.


New Community Participation Resources

HealthWest is thrilled to share a series of resources that we developed to support organisations to partner with community members. Resources include a video, templates for a community participation policy (and related procedures) and a checklist for written information.

The resources draw on good practice examples from our partners and broader examples, and were developed to meet the needs of HealthWest and our community members. We are sharing them in the hope that they are useful to others.

HealthWest would like to acknowledge the contributions of our community members and partner organisations to the development of these resources.

More info: View the full list of resources on the HealthWest website here.




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Partnership and Collaboration

Collaboration Health Assessment Tool

A tool has been developed to assess how well partners work together on a collaborative initiative. The Collaboration Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) is free, simple to use, evidence-based and available online.

Developed and designed in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact, the CHAT examines different dimensions of collaboration and can assess what is happening in its different parts. Over time, it will also be possible to benchmark your collaboration to gauge its progress against others at a similar stage to you.

More info: Click here to try it out.


Community Services Industry Planning

Have your say on a 10-year plan for community services. Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) is working in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and the community sector to create a Community Services Industry Plan. Looking at an overarching vision for the future of the industry, and ways we can address the challenges and opportunities now and into the future. Topic such as workforce diversity, leadership, regulatory frameworks and digital technologies are included in the plan.

More info: Submissions due 10th November 2017. Click here for more information, or register your interest in attending a metro planning symposium in early 2018 here.


Backbone Starter Guide

Collective impact initiatives rely on the support and ability of the backbone organisation. Support is a critical component of collaborative multi-sector systems-level change.

The Backbone Starter Guide summarises the collective impact approach and highlights the major ideas and learnings that have been previously published about backbone organisations.

More info: Click here to download the guide.



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Access & Equity

The Health Literacy Guide from IPC Health

IPC Health has created a Health Literacy Guide for client resources.  It was developed in consultation with IPC Health service providers and community participants to direct the design of client resources that are easy to use and understand.

While it was designed for use by IPC health staff, it contains information on how to:

  • Write in Plain Language
  • Test readability
  • Create easy to use forms
  • Use images appropriately
  • Get consumer feedback
  • Monitor and review quality

More info: Download a copy of the guide here. For more information about the guide contact the Health Promotion and Community Strengthening Team at IPC Health at ipchealth@ipchealth.com.au


Multilingual Fair Work Animated Storyboards

The Fair Work Ombudsman Education Resources Team has developed a suite of Animated Storyboards that cover basic workplace rights in Australia. The storyboards can be listened to in six languages including English, Mandarin, Korean, Hindi, Vietnamese and Arabic. All storyboards are captioned in the language spoken (Mandarin uses Simplified Chinese captions). These storyboards are a good resource for people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds who want to find out more about their rights at work.

More info: Go to the Fair Work Ombudsman website.


Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers

Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers is an initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence designed to create equitable employment pathways for asylum seekers. Jobseekers from asylum seeker backgrounds will receive one-to-one assistance to create an employment pathway with a focus on developing new skills and renewing confidence. The program also supports employers to grow and diversify their workforce, and foster social benefit and inclusion in workplace communities.

More info: Go to the Brotherhood of St Laurence website.


New National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs Report

The Productivity Commission recently released a new report into National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) costs. This is the first costs report since the introduction of the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach.

More info: Download a summary and full report here.


Mission Australia, Concepts of community: Young people’s concerns, views and experiences, Findings from the Youth Survey 2016

The transition from childhood to adolescence is a challenging period for most young people. Depending on where they live, a young person’s sense of place and attachment to their local
community can help them to foster resilience, personal identity and social connections which can be accessed in times of crisis. For young people living in disadvantaged or low socio‐economic communities affected by complex and long‐term social problems, getting access to the same community‐based resources as their more advantaged peers is far from guaranteed.

More info: Read more about the findings here.


Launch of WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Literacy

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Literacy was launched last week at Deakin University. The Centre will be led by Professor Richard Osborne who, along with his team at Deakin has pioneered new approaches to health literacy and established programs in over 20 countries that are improving health outcomes for some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.

The Centre’s four-year plan has been designed to align with the sustainable development goals of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda.

More info: Read about the launch of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Literacy here.


Applications for LAC and ECEI Access Partners now open

The NDIA is now accepting applications for Local Area Coordinator (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Access Partners in service areas due to transition to the NDIS after July 2018 or who have services that are moving from transitional arrangements.

More info: Read more about the tender here.


Update: Support & Safety Hubs

At two briefings in October Family Safety Victoria have provided further information on the implementation of the Support and Safety Hubs. The Hubs section and FAQs on the website now has more information for the sector and public more broadly.

More info: Refer to the website here.


Aboriginal Governance & Accountability Framework

The Aboriginal Governance and Accountability Framework is a new way of working for Aboriginal communities and the department, towards self-determination in the health and human services sector. The purpose of the framework is to enshrine the rightful place of Aboriginal people and communities as central to achieving sustainable improvements in health, wellbeing and safety for Aboriginal Victorians. This framework provides an opportunity for the transparent monitoring of accountability of outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

More info: Read the framework here.



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The Pursuit of Gender Equality

How does Australia compare in the pursuit of gender equality? The 2017 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report has been released on the Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle.

It explores how gender inequalities persist in social and economic life around the world.

More info: Read the article here.


VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015 supplementary report: Sexuality

The VicHealth Indicators Survey is a Victorian population-level survey conducted every four years. Selected findings from the VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015 were published in 2016. This report provides a closer look at the health and wellbeing of surveyed respondents who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or ‘other’ sexualities.

More info: Read the report here.


Exploring Financial Wellbeing in the Australian Context

A new report released by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) and the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) commissioned by Financial Literacy Australia, looks at financial wellbeing in the Australian context. It provides a definition that aims to be relevant to Australians of different ages, and meaningful to organisations that work to improve financial outcomes.

More info: Read the report here.



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For Your Diary



Health Promotion Community of Practice (HPPN) Professional Development – Marketing yourself on LinkedIn

Join the Health Promotion Practitioners Network (HPPN) this November for a unique community of practice on how to promote yourself as a health promotion practitioner by networking and marketing yourself on LinkedIn. We will have a marketing specialist guest speaker to talk about do’s and don’ts and a professional photographer to take that perfect profile picture of you for free!

When: Wednesday 8th November 2-4pm
Where: VU MetroWest – 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray
More info:
 For further details or to register, click here.


Temporary Migration & Family Violence Practice Forum

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence is hosting a forum to unpack why temporary migration status matters in the context of family violence and it’s implications for practice.

When: 9.30am-1pm, 14th November.
Where: 5 Blackwood St, Melbourne
More info: Register online here.


Opportunities, Choice & Change Future Leaders Summit

CQ Cultural Consulting will be holding the Opportunities, Choice & Change (OCC) – A Future Leaders Summit on Thursday 23 November. OCC is designed for Victorians aged 18-25 who have something to contribute to the community. The summit will be a space for young people to engage in peer-to-peer learning focused on inclusion, belonging and social cohesion. Its aim is to give the next generation of global citizens an opportunity to gain experience in a collaborative and creative participant-led setting.

When: Thursday 23 November, 10am–4pm (registration and coffee from 9.30am)
Where: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne
More info: To find out more about the summit or register go to the CQ Consulting website.


Professional Development Sessions in Foundation House

Foundation House run a range of professional development sessions. Two sessions that may be of interest running in November are Communities and Trauma: Supporting recovery from collective trauma, and Cognitive and Psychosocial assessment of refugee children.

More info: For more information on these and other training sessions provided by Foundation House please click here.


Working Together with Men End-of-Project Event

You are welcome to attend this free event and hear all about Working Together with Men, a prevention of violence against women project which worked with men from diverse backgrounds in the Brimbank area. You’ll learn more about the project, find out what’s next and add your support during White Ribbon Week.

There will also be a screening of a new short documentary about the journey of the Men of Brimbank by Andrew Robb.

When: Friday 24th November 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Where: Visy Cares Hub – 80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine VIC
More info:
To find out more and to register, click here.


Launch of connectwest

connectwest is a membership-based network aimed at enabling the connections and collaboration of community groups, leaders and volunteers in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Our breakfast launch will feature a panel of professionals who work in the community who will talk about what they see as the current resources and gaps in the area.

When: Thursday, 30th November 7.30-10am
Where: VU MetroWest – 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray
More info: Register for the launch here. (The event is free, bookings required for catering purposes).

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