11 November 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

Submission on Standard PC: Partnering with Consumers

HealthWest recently coordinated a submission on behalf of our members to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. We provided feedback on the new version of Standard 2, now called Standard PC: Partnering with Consumers.

Many thanks to all our members who attended the consultation workshop and supplied their thoughts by email and phone.

You can read a copy of HealthWest’s submission here.


Job opportunity at HealthWest – Koolin Balit Project Officer

An opportunity exists in our organisation for an enthusiastic Project Officer to coordinate a Koolin Balit project. You will work with community, health organisations and government departments to enhance service coordination for Aboriginal people leaving prison or on court orders.

HealthWest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

For more information about this position, a position description, and how to apply, visit our website or contact Jasmine Kildea, Aboriginal Programs Manager, on phone: 03 9248 9663 or via email: jasmine.kildea@healthwest.org.au.

Applications close: COB Monday the 16th of November 2015

Aboriginal Health Hospital to Community Pathways Project

The Aboriginal Hospital to Community Project was undertaken by HealthWest, Werribee Mercy Hospital and Western Health – Sunshine Hospital over 18 months.

The project aimed to use a systems approach to embed the principles of cultural safety and service coordination in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander client pathway from hospital to community.

Read the final report here.


Health Literacy MEET-UP!

Join us for the final MEET-UP of the year on Monday 7th December, 1:30 to 4pm. This not-to-be-missed event will take a look at some major health literacy work that is underway, and look to 2016. Lidia Horvat (Department of Health & Human Services) will discuss the development of the Equity in Participation policy framework. This policy combines health literacy, consumer participation and diversity into one unified approach.

Ophelia and BreastScreen Victoria are partnering to increase consumer engagement with breast screening in the North West of Melbourne. Researchers from the Ophelia health literacy project and staff from BreastScreen Victoria will present this new project.

The inaugural Drop the Jargon campaign went ahead this year. Did your organisation participate? Hear from some who did, and join the discussion. As always, there will be opportunities to join the discussion and connect with other health literacy workers.

Register to attend and get more information on the HealthWest website.


World Diabetes Day – 14th November

World Diabetes Day is an international event to raise awareness about diabetes.  Diabetes is a common condition in Melbourne’s west, with 1 in 7 people diagnosed with the disease, compared to 1 in 30 people diagnosed in Victoria.  World Diabetes Day 2015 will focus on healthy eating, which is a key factor in managing type 1 diabetes and helping to manage and prevent type 2 diabetes.  The International Diabetes Federation have produced a practical guide on how to get involved in World Diabetes Day – you can download it from their website here.

HealthWest have been working to address some of the issues people in Braybrook face in managing their diabetes including the following reports: Responding to Diabetes in Braybrook and Responding to Gestational Diabetes in Braybrook.

We are currently working on the next steps for the project  and invite all allied health and general practice staff to attend a workshop on Tuesday 1st of December to tell us about your concerns and experience.  For more info please download the flier here, or book your attendance to the workshop here.


2015 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards finalists

Congratulations to HealthWest member Western Health for being shortlisted for the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards. Overall, 29 health organisations have been selected to compete for Victoria’s coveted public healthcare awards. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 18th November at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


HealthWest is now on LinkedIn!

Connect with our our new LinkedIn page for health research, news and resources.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Health Literacy and Consumer-Facing Technology: Workshop Summary

The proliferation of consumer-facing technology and personal health information technology has grown steadily over the past decade. The large volume of health-related information this makes available can lead to an increased amount of confusion on the part of users and caregivers.

The US Institute of Medicine convened a workshop to explore health literate practices in health information technology and then provide and consider the ramifications of this rapidly growing field on the health literacy of users. Health Literacy and Consumer-Facing Technology summarizes the discussions and presentations from this workshop, highlighting the lessons presented, practical strategies, and the needs and opportunities for improving health literacy in consumer-facing technology.

You can download the Workshop Summary for free here.


Article: Partnering with Parents and Families to Provide Safer Care: Seeing and Achieving Safer Care through the Lens of Patients and Families

This article discusses the importance of including families and carers in patient centred care. Read it here.


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Service Integration

An introduction to Victorian Refugee Health Services – a new online orientation tool

A new online resource is now available, providing an accessible orientation to aspects of refugee health.  ‘Starting the Job’, an online learning module, was developed in consultation with health professionals and organisations delivering services to people from refugee backgrounds.  Developers from Oztron generously volunteered their time to produce the resource.

Chapters include: Health Literacy, Medicare and Bulk Billing, Paediatric Health Pathways, Specialist Refugee Services, Maternal and Child Health Services, Mental Health, Community Health and Refugee Health Nurses.

The module can be viewed for free here. (Adobe Flash Player required).

Notes for each chapter can be downloaded here.


App technology can fix the e-health system if done right

Two new trials of the so-far-unsuccessful, personally controlled electronic health record – rebadged as “My Health Record” are to be conducted at the start of 2016 in rural north Queensland and the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. The key difference from the current system is that enrolment has been switched to opt out rather than opt in.

Read the article here.


App combines symptom checker, health info and service finder

Healthdirect Australia has launched a new app that combines the health service finder functionality of the National Health Services Directory (NHSD) with a clinically validated symptom checker and trusted health information sourced from Australia’s leading health organisations. The app uses GPS to help users locate their nearest general practice, pharmacist or hospital and also displays latitude and longitude coordinates that can be relayed to triple zero in case of emergency.

Read the article here.


Can Medicare sustain the health of our ageing population?

With six reviews of the health system currently underway, health minister Sussan Ley is investigating ways to create a “sustainable” Medicare and a stronger health system. One of the main concerns is that our ageing population is putting too much of a strain on the health system.

Read the article here.


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Mapping social cohesion: the Scanlon Foundation surveys 2015

The Scanlon Foundation, in conjunction with Australian Multicultural Foundation and Monash University, provides a series of detailed surveys on social cohesion, immigration and population issues. This report presents the findings of the eighth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey, conducted in June-July 2015.

Read the report here.


Educational opportunity in Australia 2015: Who succeeds and who misses out

Too many young people are disengaging from schooling and missing out on vital education opportunities. Based on a belief in the importance of lifelong learning, the Mitchell Institute asked how well education systems are working and for whom, to determine what needs to change.

Read the report here and download a series of fact sheets on the Mitchell Institute website.


Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia

ANROWS, VicHealth and Our Watch have launched a new national framework to prevent violence against women.

Download the framework here.


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Aboriginal Health

New to Indigenous Health? Dietetics and Nutrition with Indigenous Communities: A Starting Point

This resource is intended for dietitians and nutritionists who are new to the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and would like to learn more about working with these communities. The resource is applicable to dietitians and nutritionists with any level of experience, and can be used by anyone working in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and nutrition. The resource contains useful information for a number of professions, particularly students.

Read the full resource here.


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For Your Diary


MS Australia – Reframing Perspectives Professional Development

Self Management is a key to living well with chronic illness. Dr Sally Shaw, Psychologist leads clients living with chronic illness through the process of reframing perspectives, to become the CEO of their lives with Multiple Sclerosis. Dr Sally Shaw will share with us strategies we can use to help our clients reframe their perspective on living well.

When: Thursday 12th November, 2.00 – 4.00pm
Where: At any computer with an internet connection.
More info: For more information contact Andrea Salmon: education@ms.org.au, or to book, click here.



North and West Heat Event (including Exercise Anchiale)

This year the North and West Metropolitan Region Emergency Health forum will combine with a Regional Heatwave Exercise aimed at increasing your awareness for the upcoming summer season.

This is a key summer preparedness forum for the North and West Metro Region. The focus for the day will be a heatwave exercise that will provide organisations an understanding of the severe risks and consequences that are possible during a prolonged heatwave. Catering will be provided during the day.

Where: Yan Yean Theatre, Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
Date: 17 November 2015, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Who: Local Government (HACC, Emergency Management and Environmental Health), Community Support and Health Care agencies and DHHS staff working directly with agencies.

More info: Book here, and download the agenda here. The password to access the booking page is anchiale. Places are limited and we request organisations to limit registration to key staff.


Negotiating between health beliefs

Different health beliefs and understandings of illness influence help-seeking practices and behaviours. This training provides strategies and methods for practitioners to negotiate between health beliefs with culturally and linguistically diverse patients/clients to improve health outcomes.

When: Wednesday 18th November, 2015, 9.15am – 1.00pm
Where: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, 23 Lennox St, Richmond VIC
Cost: $150 – cost includes morning tea, lunch and course materials.
More info: For further details and to book, click here.


Strength in Sisters Program – for Care Recipients

The group will focus on building self-confidence, self-identity, explore fun and therapeutic self-care practices and allow women to build positive relationships with one another. I have attached the flyer to this email.

When: Starts Friday 20th November: 12.00 – 4.00pm
Where: Mind Group Support Services, 97-99 Osborne Street, Williamstown
More info: Register with Monica Sunwoo: monica.sunwoo@mindaustralia.org.au. RSVP extended to Monday 16th November.


Melbourne Metro

Culturally competent practice with vulnerable families training

This two-day course will allow you to explore awareness, skills and knowledge of cultural competence with experienced trainers and cross-cultural facilitators.

When: Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 November 2015, 9.15am to 4.30pm
Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Level 5, 50 Market Street, Melbourne
(cnr Flinders Lane and Market Street)
Practitioners working with children, young people and families.
More info: Course flier and registration information is available on the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare website.


Consumer Directed Care – The Next Step

The workshop on: Consumer Directed Care – The Next Step, explores the likely direction that CDC will take and the changes that providers will need to make to their services and business models to ensure they can provide a sustainable service, including residential care.

When: Thursday, 26th November 2015: 9.30am – 4.30PM,
Where: Australian Multicultural Community Services – Suite 111, 44-56 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone
More info: to register click here, or contact Mark Sheldon Stemm – 0458342438 or markss@iinet.net.au, or Elizabeth Drozd – 03 83 712 314 or elizabethd@amcservices.org.au.


Co-Design Seminar and Workshop with Ingrid Van Der Wacht

Public sector service providers and designers have the chance to come together to explore the implementation process of co-design with one of Europe’s leaders in the field, Ingrid van der Wacht of PROUD, from the Netherlands. The seminar and workshop will assist service providers and designers looking for innovative ways to improve the efficiency and user outcomes of public sector services for social innovation.

When: Tuesday 1st December, 2015 – Seminar and Q & A: 10.00am – 12.00pm ($48), Networking Lunch: 12.00 – 1.00pm ($25)
Where: RMIT University, Swanston Street, Melbourne
More info: Download the brochure here.


Western Region

Western Intake Network Group (WING) 16th Forum

The Western Intake Network Group have their last forum Thursday 19th November 2015 at Hobsons Bay City Council. This last forum of the year will focus on homelessness.

To book please go to HealthWest Events page.


Men’s Health and Wellbeing Forum

Brimbank Men’s Shed in partnership with Brimbank-Melton Men’s Health Network invite you to our forum on International Men’s Health Day. Adjunct Professor Barry Golding (Australia’s leading Men’s Shed Researcher and Author), and Brimbank Men’s Shed Anthony Lai will be speaking, and the event will also include the launch of the Brimbank Men’s Shed Health and Well Being Community Discussion Paper, and an interactive work group activities and a Question & Answer session.

Where: Lentara Brimbank Men’s Shed, 32 Withers Street, Sunshine
When:  Thursday 19 November 2015, 9:30am to 12.30pm (Registration and Shed viewing 9.30am, Forum starts 10.00am)
More info: Download the flyer here, and RSVP by Monday 16 November 2015 to Anthony Lai: alai@lentarauc.org.au or 9311 5900; or Matt Corbett: info@meltonbrimbankmenshealth.org; or 0488 193 105. All welcome, however places are limited. Lunch and refreshments included.


Mindfulness Workshop

Mindfulness, in its simplest definition is a mental discipline involving training attention. Training through practices like meditation has been found to have a wide number of applications in the modern day.

When: Thursday 10th December 2015: 9.30 – 12.30pm
Where: Sunshine Convention Centre – Victoria University, Sunshine
More info: Click here for more details and to register.


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