13 May 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

Health Literacy MEET-UP: partnering with consumers for better health literacy

The next Health Literacy MEET-UP is on Monday 1 June 1:30 to 4pm. Join us as we discuss the importance of consumers in improving health literacy and how health professionals and organisations can best work in partnership with them.

MEET-UP highlights include:

  • Nicola Dunbar will be back to discuss the National Statement on Health Literacy and expand on the role of consumers in health literacy
  • Hear from Deb, a member of the Community of Practice Leadership Group and consumer representative, who will discuss the importance of consumer participation to health literacy and her own experiences
  • Practical case studies of partnering together to improve health literacy from health professionals and consumers
  • Panel discussion and networking opportunities.

More info: to book your place, visit the HealthWest website.

2015-16 State Budget highlights

The Victorian government released the State Budget on Tuesday 5 May.  Some highlights relevant to the west and HealthWest’s work include:

  • $200 million for a new Western Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • $85 million to upgrade Werribee Mercy
  • Establishment of a Gender and Sexuality Commissioner
  • $50 million to support infrastructure growth in outer growth areas, including Melton and Wyndham
  • $117.8 million for specialist mental health support, including up to 80 complex care packages
  • $10 million to assist survivors of family violence.

More info: view the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

Implementing SCTT 2012 in service coordination systems and practice

The Primary Care Partnerships from the North West Metro Region invite participants to explore the latest version of the Service Coordination Tool Templates (SCTT 2012), network and share ideas with other agencies for application of SCTT 2012 in practice. The session will focus on the changes to the Tools and on the new supplementary/optional templates. The target audience is program managers, team leaders and other staff who have a role in service coordination. RSVP by 13 May.

When: 18 May 1-3pm
Where: Banyule Community Health Service, West Heidelberg
More info: view the flyer.

Regional Health Promotion Mentoring Program Evaluation Report now available

In June 2014, HealthWest, in partnership with Hume Whittlesea PCP, Inner North West PCP and North East PCP, established the North and West Regional IHP Mentoring Program which sought to provide mentoring support for health promotion professionals early in their careers.

In February 2015, a mid-point evaluation was undertaken with results indicating a high level of satisfaction with the program and positive impacts on workforce and career development.

More info: view the report.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Graduate Certificate in Consumer Engagement

Last chance to register! Registrations close 15 May 2015. The Health Issues Centre is once again running our accredited training program – Graduate Certificate in Consumer Engagement. This 4-day course provides healthcare consumer leaders and health service staff with advanced skills and knowledge to work collaboratively in a range of settings to provide strategic consumer engagement services.

More info: visit the Health Issues Centre website.

Carers Victoria survey for LGBTIQ carers

Carers Victoria is excited to announce a new project to build support for LGBTIQ young people with caring responsibilities. We will work with young carers, support staff and services to develop online inclusive practice tools for workers.

We are keen to hear from young queer carers (14-25) about their needs and concerns, so please forward this on to your networks. They may be current or former carers. The survey is now open.

More info: any queries can be directed to Meredith Butler, Carers Victoria at youngqueercaring@carersvictoria.org.au or on 1800 242 636.

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Service Integration

New Facebook page for LGBTI carers

Are you an LGBTI carer or work with LGBTI carers? Like the new Carers Victoria Facebook page to keep up to date with information and supports available.

More info: visit the LGBTI Carers Victoria Facebook.

New community health guidelines on child health for refugees and asylum seekers

The child health and the refugee and asylum seeker guidelines describe what is expected of organisations funded to deliver the Community Health Program in these areas and aim to support consistency across the state in planning, program design and service delivery, as well as clarify expectations for coordinated service provision. The guidelines translate evidence into practical components that underpin program delivery, complementing the overarching Community Health Integrated Program (CHIP) guidelines released in late 2014.

More info: visit the Primary and Community Health website.

Telstra Health – MyCareManager

Telstra Health recently launched a new ehealth strategy, the MyCareManager platform. It brings together existing products already under the Telstra banner and has been designed by one of Telstra’s first acquisitions in HealthConnex, formerly DCA Health who created ConnectingCare.

More info: read the full article.

New patient portal for TrakCare

InterSystems has launched an interactive patient portal called HealthShare Personal Community that can provide patients with an easy-to-understand, comprehensive view of their health information. It will also be available as a module on InterSystems’ TrakCare healthcare information system.

More info: read the full article.

Acute hospitals and integrated care: from hospitals to health systems

This report describes lessons from five case studies where acute hospitals are working collaboratively with local partners to build integrated models of care – three of these sites have since been chosen as vanguards by NHS England. The report assesses the achievements made so far, distils the lessons learnt for other local health economies and makes recommendations for national policy-makers.

More info: read the report.

Shared decision making in designing new healthcare environments

This Swedish paper explores how successful new models of healthcare and person-centred care are dependent on the physical healthcare environment. This paper presents several strategies to promote shared decision making when planning and designing new healthcare environments.

More info: read the report.

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New ABS Data on alcohol consumption in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released new data into alcohol consumption in Australia.  The data suggests that Australians are drinking less alcohol overall than any time in the previous 50 years. Across all alcoholic beverages, there were 9.7 litres of pure alcohol available for consumption in 2013-14 for every person in Australia aged 15 years and over.

Australians currently consume more white wine than red wine – 270 million litres of white wine compared with 190 million litres of red wine in 2013-14 – while full strength beer remains the most popular type of beer, accounting for around three quarters of all beer in 2013-14.

More info: visit the ABS website.

Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association State Budget analysis now available

The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) has released an analysis of the State Budget and its impact on the alcohol and other drug sector.

More info: visit the VAADA website.

New research: salt consumption in Victoria

VicHealth has released new research into salt consumption in Victoria.  The research found that the sodium in salt is linked to 1 in 20 deaths in Victoria, risks of high blood pressure and heart failure, stomach cancer and osteoporosis. Victoria consumes more than 15,000 tonnes of salt a year.

VicHealth has established a Salt Reduction Strategic Partnership which will work to help reduce high salt intakes by:

  • Developing a coordinated and collaborative approach
  • Increasing public awareness on the recommended upper limit for salt intake
  • Support policy and initiatives that ensure a healthier food supply
  • Work with food industry partners to find solutions to lowering salt in foods and meals
  • Undertake research and monitoring to ensure progress towards the salt reduction targets set by the World Health Organization.

More info: visit the VicHealth website.

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Aboriginal Health

Parenting program: bringing up great kids for Aboriginal families

Are you interested in learning more about children’s development and how that affects their behaviour? Do you want to know some other ways to listen and talk to your child?

This program supports parents of children of all ages to:

  • Build communication with their children
  • Promote respect between parents and children
  • Encourage the development of children’s positive self-identity.

When: six sessions starting Thurs 7 May to Thurs 11 June 2015, 9:30—11:30am
Where: Djerriwarrh Community and Education Service, 239 Station Rd, Melton
More info: to register contact Damien or Prabha on 03 8746 1100 or view the flyer.

Reconciliation Week: Koorie Night Market in Footscray

The Koorie Night Market is a moveable feast of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, crafts, food, music and dance. The market moves around Victoria on a regular basis.

When: Wednesday 27 May 11:30 – 3:30pm
Where: Victoria University MetroWest, 138 Nicholson St, Footscray
More info: to register for a stall, contact office@koorienightmarket.com.au.

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For Your Diary

Melbourne Metro

Improving Healthcare International Convention

Join the Improvement Foundation to discover how to implement innovative, cutting-edge and practical solutions that will help you to:

  • Connect the elements of the health system to improve communication
  • Increase efficiency across health providers
  • Embed quality improvement methods and leadership in organisations
  • Successfully inspire, implement and measure change
  • Engage patients as part of the healthcare team to improve health outcomes and quality of life
  • Utilise the latest technologies to rethink the way healthcare is delivered.

When: 6–18 November 2015
Where: 65 Queens Road, Melbourne
More info: register online.

Smoking Care Training to Reduce Disadvantage

Quit Victoria is hosting a training session for community and social workers working in homelessness, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and mental health settings. It has been shown that clients accessing social services are often interested in addressing their smoking. This training provides an opportunity to learn and practice ways of respectfully supporting clients to address their smoking and help connect them to support services in the community.

When: Wednesday 24 June 2015, 10am-1pm
Where: Cancer Council Victoria, Level 3, 615 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
More info: register online.

Improving health care with evidence: involving the public in research and decision making

Have you ever wanted to learn more about health research and how evidence helps improve healthcare decisions? This is a free learning event for the public, consumers and carers. You will learn what is meant by ‘good evidence’, where you can find it, how you can use it and how you can be involved at every stage of research, including systematic reviews.

When: Tuesday 23 June 2015, 9am-12.30pm (includes morning tea)
Where: AMREP Education Centre, The Alfred Hospital, 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne
More info: register online.

Refugee health training for primary care providers

Join GPs, practice nurses and other practice staff for a full day training with experts in refugee health. Hear the latest updates on refugee health issues in Victoria and get involved in workshops and discussions about working with refugees in general practice.

When: Saturday 13 June 2015
Where: Foundation House, 4 Gardiner St, Brunswick
More info: register online before 5 June.

Local Area

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.

Breaking the cycle of Aboriginal over-imprisonment

Presented by the Human Rights Law Centre. In the last 12 months, Victoria recorded the second largest increase in Aboriginal imprisonment rates in Australia. Aboriginal people are now 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Aboriginal Victorians. This lunchtime conversation will be facilitated by RN Drive’s Patricia Karvelas and will look at examples of what is currently working, discuss the role of Aboriginal communities in driving change and look at a new national campaign recently launched to Change the Record on Aboriginal over-imprisonment.

When: Monday 18 May 2015, 12:45–2:00pm
Where: King and Wood Mallesons, Level 50, 500 Bourke St, Melbourne
Cost: $20 ($15 concession)
More info: register online.

Refugee Week

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Victoria will kick off Refugee Week 2015 (14-20 June) with a launch in Sunshine, organised in partnership with Brimbank City Council. A new Refugee Week website has been launched, featuring an events calendar for this year’s Refugee Week events.

When: launch on 15 June 2015 (time TBA)
Where: VISY Cares Hub Theatrette, Sunshine
More info: visit the website.

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