10 June 2015

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

Refugee & Asylum Seeker Mental Health Project Report

HealthWest is pleased to release the final report from the Integrated Mental Health Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers project, a project lead by HealthWest Partnership. The project was strongly supported by stakeholder engagement and commitment – thank you to our partners who contributed to this work over the last 18 months. A key achievement of the project was a resource designed for service providers to enhance understanding and access to local mental health services – this resource was distributed to over 200 settlement and mental health practitioners in the west. The report offers a number of recommendations for collaborative action and encourages HealthWest and their partners to pursue opportunities beyond the scope of this project to address child and youth mental health and mental health literacy amongst refugees and asylum seekers living in the west.

More info: Agnieszka Kleparska, Acting Integration & Evaluation Coordinator at Agnieszka.kleparsk@healthwest.org.au or on 9248 9659.

Brimbank HACC Orientation Tool

In partnership with a group of Home & Community Care (HACC) funded agencies in the Brimbank area, HealthWest has developed a tool designed for use by staff working in HACC services in the Brimbank area to increase their knowledge of available HACC services and improve pathways of care. This tool is accessible to all staff in these agencies, but may also be useful for other agencies who refer to these services.

More info: view the Brimbank Home & Community Care (HACC) Orientation Tool.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Consultation on NSQHS Standards

Do you use the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards? The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) is seeking feedback on a resource that assists community health services to implement the standards.

Feedback is sought by 24 July 2015.

More info: find out about the consultation process and download the draft guide.

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Service Integration

The rationale for investing in early childhood

This paper explores the importance of early childhood in establishing lifetime advantages for health and education. The Mitchell Institute looks at the costs and benefits of action (and inaction) in early childhood as part of their broader focus on chronic disease prevention policy.

More info: read the paper.

Case conferencing facilitation training pilot

The North East PCP has developed and piloted training with Hassard consulting that assists practitioners to facilitate client-centred case conferencing. Feedback from the pilot is positive. The training package is now available to be delivered in other regions.

More info: visit the North East PCP website.

Draft national guidelines for dementia available

The Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC) has released a consultation draft of Australia’s first national guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia. This is part of a process to develop standard approaches to the management of the condition now affecting about 10 per cent of Australians over the age of 65.

More info: view the guidelines.

Health systems of Australia and New Zealand

This article discusses that while overall levels of health are good in Australia and New Zealand, these benefits are not spread equally across the populations. Indigenous Australians and New Zealand Maori and Pacific peoples fare worst on many socioeconomic and health indicators. The authors suggest addressing these inequalities and responding to the increasing burden of age-related disease and disability are challenges that both countries will have to meet, despite rising health care costs and workforce pressures.

More info: visit the website.

A guide for GPs: homelessness

This resource was developed by Bayside Medicare Local to assist GPs and practice staff when a patient experiencing homelessness presents. The resource was developed in consultation with GPs, services and people with lived experience of homelessness.

More info: visit the Bayside Medicare Local website.

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Mitchell Institute launches new blueprint for chronic disease prevention

This paper identifies strategic priorities for taking action to prevent chronic diseases. It is the second report by the Mitchell Institute on this issue. The first report, ‘Chronic diseases in Australia: the case for changing course’, mapped out the social, economic and health costs of chronic diseases to the Australian community, as well as identifying the evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of preventing chronic diseases.

‘Chronic diseases in Australia: blueprint for preventive action’ moves beyond the evidence to provide a framework for action. The vision of this blueprint is to reduce the impact and incidence of chronic diseases through preventive interventions. The desired outcomes, against which progress should be measured, comprise:

  • Healthy lives: improved health status for all populations
  • Healthy children: a healthy future for our children
  • Healthy communities: more liveable and socially connected communities
  • Healthy economies: increased economic participation and productivity.

More info: visit the Mitchell Institute website.

New program to support strong Indian families in Wyndham and Brimbank

Stronger Healthier Indian Families Together (SHIFT) is a project to support Melbourne’s Indian communities in Brimbank and Wyndham to reduce family violence. Funded by Our Watch and implemented by cohealth, in partnership with the Jagriti Forum, the project will trial new ways to stop family violence from starting in the first place.

SHIFT is a 12-month project which aims to build the skills of Indian community leaders and members so that they can plan, conduct and carry out family violence primary prevention activities in Indian communities. Primary prevention is about focusing on the main causes of violence. These are attitudes, beliefs and values that give rise to men’s violence against women and their children, such as those that support gender inequality and sexism.

More info: contact Alice Henderson at cohealth on 8398 4148 or at Alice.Henderson@cohealth.org.au.

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Aboriginal Health

Wayapa Wuurk with the Aboriginal Community

Wayapa is an Aboriginal Wellness and Connection Practice that combines traditional Aboriginal movements and narrative meditation. This is an opportunity for Aboriginal community members to participate in a series of free sessions to learn Wayapa.

When: 25 May to 29 June. All sessions will run 5.30-6.30pm.
Where: Central Park Community Centre, Hoppers Crossing
More info: view the flyer.

Managing Two Worlds Together (Stage 3): Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys

The Lowitja Institute have released a series of reports from the Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys (IAPJ) study, which is Stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together project.

The study focused on the journey that Aboriginal patients take through the health system. They include journey mapping tools that can be used for quality improvement and education. The reports provide a series of case studies that explore how the tools could be adapted and used to make real improvements in communication, coordination and collaboration within and across a diverse range of patient journeys.

More info: visit the website.

Aboriginal Newborn Identification resource guide

This guide has been developed to improve identification of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander babies and to enhance care for families within maternity services. The resources provided with this guide will support recognition of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander babies and provide appropriate referral services for families.

More info: visit the flyer.

Indigenous Scholarship for Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health)

This scholarship is offered by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to an Indigenous student undertaking the Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health) at Swinburne University of Technology commencing in Semester 2 2015. The value of the scholarship is a fee waiver of up to $26,500.

More info: visit the Swinburne website.

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For Your Diary


Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention & Management

The Standing Committee on Health is calling for submissions on best practice in chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care, specifically:

  • Examples of best practice in chronic disease prevention and management, both in Australia and internationally
  • Opportunities for the Primary Health Networks to coordinate and support chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care
  • The role of private health insurers in chronic disease prevention and management
  • The role of State and Territory Governments in chronic disease prevention and management.

Submissions are requested by 31 July 2015.

More info: visit the Parliament of Australia website.


Count me in: partnerships in chronic care

The Australian Disease Management are hosting a chronic care conference. Themes include: population health including Indigenous health, person-centred care; models of integrated care; consumer perspective and quality of care and evaluation. The closing date for poster abstracts is 4 August 2015.

When: 10-11 September 2015
Where: Brisbane Convention Centre, Queensland
More info: view the flyer.

Health Promotion Social Media School

Zock Melon, an organisation focused on using technology to improve health, is holding a six week online course to support health promotion, public health and community development practitioners understand social media and incorporate social media into their programs.

When: from 6 July 2015
Cost: $150 for early bird tickets
More info: visit the Zock Melon website.

2015 Australian Winter School on Alcohol and Other Drugs

‘Unleash Potential’ is the exciting theme of the next Australian Winter School. With a focus on new ideas, change and advancement, this conference hopes to unlock inspiration. Through presenting the latest in alcohol and other drugs treatment, practices, research and information, participants will unleash the potential within:

  • The workforce – increasing skills and knowledge and gaining greater awareness of trends and issues to unleash career potential
  • Consumers and clients – helping others to realise their life potential
  • The community – exchanging views and experiences on how the alcohol and other drugs sector has and is responding to past and emerging challenges and needs and identifying opportunities that ultimately benefit the community
  • The sector – together through networking, sharing and partnerships the sector can be expanded and strengthened.

The 2015 conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to examine and discuss treatment approaches, analyse and debate emerging trends and identify ways to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the sector.

When: 22-24 July 2015
Where: Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane, Queensland
Cost: from $545
More info: visit the Australian Winter School website.

Melbourne Metro

Motivational Interviewing workshops and symposium

Motivational Interviewing (MI) Oceania, a not-for-profit group interested in promoting excellence in MI, presents three events:

  • 3 day MINT (4-6 August 2015). This event is the three day ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop on effective training in MI. Completion of this workshop gives participants the ability to join the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
  • 3 day MITI 4 coding workshop (4-6 August 2015). The MITI is a valuable tool for those in research, supervisory and quality assurance roles, as well as a rich resource for clinicians to deepen their understanding and practice of MI.
  • 1 day International Symposium on Motivational Interviewing (7 August 2015). This event offers a stimulating program of presentations on the applications and future of MI.

Where: Treacy Centre in Parkville, Melbourne
More info: visit the website or contact Ken.McMaster@hma.co.nz.

Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness webinar

Developed by the MS Australia Social Workers, this session will provide resources and information to assist clients in self-management when living with a chronic illness.

When: Thursday 11 June, 1-3pm
More info: visit the website.

Spotlight on Hepatitis B Forum

The Victorian Hepatitis B Alliance (VHBA) presents the 7th Spotlight on Chronic Hepatitis B forum for community and health workers. This forum will explore ways to improve treatment, management and care for people living with chronic hepatitis B.

When: Wednesday 22 July, 9am-3.30pm
Where: Doherty Institute, Auditorium, 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
More info: visit the website.

Local Area

Interpreting services for medical practitioners

The Translating and Interpreting Service, in partnership with the South Western Melbourne Medicare Local, is holding interpreting service training for medical practitioners.  The training covers:

  • How to book an interpreter
  • Challenges faced by non-English speaking clients
  • Tips for working with interpreters.

When: Thursday 18 June, 6.15-8pm
Where: Floor 1, 242 Hoppers Lane, Werribee
Cost: free
More info: please RSVP to events@swmml.org.au.

Kupo Mora Cultural Festival

Come along to celebrate, learn and enjoy the diversity of cultures, stories and journeys of the West’s emerging communities. Kupo Mora means ‘unity’ in both the Karen language (Kupo) and in Kuku, a south Sudanese language (Mora). The event features established artists, cultural performances, photo stories, multicultural recipes and heaps of fun activities for everyone.

When: Saturday 20 June, 10am-2pm
Where: Kelly Park Community Centre, 1 Synnot St, Werribee
More info: contact James Jai on 0469 922 005 or jaijms@yahoo.com.

Brimbank Disability Expo

Come see over 30 exhibitors showcasing a range of services to support children (0-18) with a disability and their families in Brimbank.

When: Thursday 18 June 2015, 10am-2pm
Where: Victoria University Convention Centre, Gate 1, 460 Ballarat Rd, Sunshine
More info: view the flyer.

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