14 December 2016

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

Now recruiting: Project Officer – Youth Refugee & Asylum Seeker Mental Health

HealthWest are currently advertising for a Project Officer to establish and implement a new project, “A Seat at the table: young people from refugee & asylum seeker backgrounds talk mental health”. Using a co-design approach this project will bring young people together with local service providers to promote mental health and participation in mental health services in Melbourne’s western region. People from refugee-like backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications close 9am Thursday 15th December 2016.

More info: For further details and a Position Description, click here.


WING evaluation for 2016

This year the Western Intake Network Group (WING) celebrated a number of achievements including celebrated its 5 year anniversary, four forums, cognitive screening training, and the establishment of an affiliate group – the Western Dementia Action Alliance. Thank you to our Leadership Group and WING members for another successful year of networking, sharing and learning.

More info: Please read the evaluation summary here for further information.


New family violence resource: Managers training package

HealthWest works in partnership with the Primary Care Partnerships across the North West Metropolitan Region (NWMR) to support our members to provide a more streamlined and coordinated service system response to family violence. A new package is now available through this project. The purpose of this package is to support facilitators with the delivery of training to managers of health and community services.

More info: Read more about the project here, and view the manager’s training package here.


HealthWest Blog 

The Healthwest blog is a platform for our members to discuss issues and share their work, including challenges, solutions and reflections.

The blog is taking a break this month, however this is a great opportunity to catch up on any posts you may have missed. A huge thank you to all contributors for sharing your work with us during 2016:

If you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Claire East: claire.east@healthwest.org.au.


Best wishes for the festive season!

Welcome to Wednesday will return on Wednesday 8th February 2017.




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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Health Literacy Course registrations now open!

This 4-day Health Literacy Course delivered by The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) offers organisations the tools and knowledge to build their health literacy practice.

Want more information?


Health Literacy Course Video

Inner East Primary Care Partnership have produced a video about the Eastern Metropolitan Region Health Literacy Development Course that the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH) ran earlier this year. You can watch the video here.

CEH developed and piloted this course in 2013 through a partnership with HealthWest and cohealth. Evaluation was conducted over three successive years by the University of Melbourne. You can read more about this partnership and download the course evaluation reports on HealthWest website.


Health consumers and workforce – are we engaged?

Big changes lie ahead for health care in Australia. Workforce roles are in flux while care gets more individually focused. This edition of Health Voices explores the question: Health consumers and workforce – are we engaged?

Health Voices is the journal of the Consumers Health Forum Australia. Here Health Voices presents the views of 20 leaders, including Health Minister, Sussan Ley, on the issues which challenge and motivate our health workforce in delivering consumer-focused care.

More info: Read Health Voices here.


How to involve and co-produce with patients and communities

This conference brought together national leaders and local innovations from across the UK, demonstrating how you can implement principles that set out the basis of good person-centred, community-focused care.

More info: Watch and read conference presentations online.


The changing face of quality patient information

Having the right information and support at the right time can help patients to manage and make decisions about their health. Here, The King’s Fund looks into their archive to explore how guidance on what constitutes good-quality patient information has changed over the years.

More info: Read the article online.


Relevance of Health Literacy to Precision Medicine: Proceedings of a Workshop

Health literacy communication strategies and messaging designs are key factors to address challenges and overcome barriers to participation in precision medicine initiatives. This Proceedings of a Workshop summarises the presentations and discussions at a 1-day public workshop on the intersection of health literacy and precision medicine. It recounts what workshop participants identified as key lessons, practical strategies, and the needs and opportunities for applying the principles of health literacy to the precision medicine.

More info: Read and download the report here.



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Service Integration

HealthWest Membership Diversity Survey

HealthWest is committed to strengthening the access and equity of community members and staff from the HealthWest membership who come from diverse backgrounds. The HealthWest Membership Diversity Survey was designed to provide a snapshot of the diversity present across the HealthWest membership workforce and work practices. The findings of this survey will inform the planning and implementation of new collaborative strategies that will increase our membership’s ability to be responsive to all people living in Melbourne’s west.

More info: To see the results of the survey, click here.


What if health service leaders were more representative of their patients?

Despite the positive way in which the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is seen, some sections of the patient population – perhaps because of their age, gender or ethnicity – have a less positive experience, with inequalities in access, variation in health outcomes and care that is not tailored to their individual needs. And although the NHS is often held up as one of the most multi-cultural employers in England, the lack of diversity in its formal leadership structures is a barrier to the service achieving its full potential.

More info: Read the report here.


Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019

On 1 September 2015 the Minister for Health released the plan and the Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework which provides a new approach to monitoring and reporting on our collective efforts to improve health and wellbeing over the long term. The Outcomes framework provides a comprehensive set of public health and wellbeing outcomes, indicators, targets and measures for our major population health and wellbeing priorities and their determinants.

More info: Read more here.


Talking about health and experiences of using health services with people from refugee backgrounds

This report presents the process and the findings from a project conducted by the Victorian Refugee Health Network from July 2015 to July 2016. The project aimed to consult with people from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum, about health and experience of using health services in Victoria. The report makes recommendations for a range of stakeholders in each of the key theme areas.

More info: Read the report here.


Overcoming Barriers to family violence (CALD Resource)

Overcoming Barriers provides practitioners with advice and resources to support their response to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women and children who have experienced family violence.

This toolkit is based on the premise that practitioners will have undertaken training in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence and have an understanding of the Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF). The toolkit is suitable for use by practitioners, in any service, who respond to this cohort.

More info: View the resource here.


Victorian Assistant Workforce Model (VAWM)

The Victorian Assistant Workforce Model (VAWM) for allied health is now available online. The VAWM is a workforce redesign toolkit to assist health services to meet increasing demands on allied healthcare. The VAWM toolkit provides a structured process to build a sustainable and productive allied health workforce that is fit for purpose, with capability to deliver the right skills, in the right place, at the right time – and at the right cost. It will help health services improve access to allied health, allowing more patients to benefit from care. The goal is to enable allied health professionals and allied health assistants to work to full scope of practice.

More info: Read more here.


Social Capital and Community Aged Care Services: New Research by BSL

Community aged care services in Australia are undergoing major change. With the introduction of Consumer Directed Care, older adults who are eligible for assistance have control over spending their individual budget on services and can choose a service provider in an open, competitive market. This pilot research project by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence used network mapping to gain an understanding of the value of social capital, in the form of networks and links, to community aged care service provision.

More info: Read more here.


Online Interactive Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has today released an online interactive version of the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. It provides users a new platform to interact and engage with the content and data in the atlas, including the availability of data in easy-to-download formats. You can now see overlays of Primary Health Network and Local Hospital Network boundaries and pop-up data for each local area.

More info: View the Atlas here.


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Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy was launched on Monday 5 December. Safe and Strong, Victoria’s Gender Equality Strategy, sets out a framework for enduring and sustained action over time. It aims to progressively build the attitudinal and behavioural change required to reduce violence against women and deliver gender equality. The Strategy draws on global evidence of what works in gender equality.

More info: Download and read more about the strategy here.


Victorian prevention website launched

The Department of Health and Human Services have launched a new Prevention website for sharing best practice, experience and learning across Victoria’s prevention and population health sector. It includes case studies, stories and resources for multiple settings including hospitals and health services, local government areas, schools, workplaces and more, as well as actions underway across Victoria.

More info: Explore the prevention website.


Free Yourself Program

‘A 12 week program of encouragement, support and possibilities to help you stop gambling’. Gabi Byrne, CEO of Chrysalis Insight Inc. is now recruiting participants and volunteers for the next program which will commence on the 18th February 2017. Places are limited and filling fast.

More info: To find out more, contact Gabi on info@chrysalisinsight.org.au or call 0428 304041.


Liquor Control Reform Act 1998: review

The Victorian Government will undertake a review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 with the aim of identifying ways to reduce red tape and regulatory burden. The review will ensure that Victoria has the right laws to support our liquor and hospitality industries, including our attractive café, restaurant, pub, club, bar and night-life culture.

The review will also assess the effectiveness of the Act’s harm minimisation measures, including the degree to which they can play a part in minimising the incidence of family violence, as recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The review will not, however, consider or recommend introducing lock-outs for late-trading licensed premises.

The review will consult with industry and consumer stakeholder groups, and people who have expertise in the inter-relationship between family violence and alcohol use. Submissions that consider the relationship between family violence and alcohol use in the context of the regulatory regime for the supply of alcohol are due by the 16th of December.

More info: Read further on the Justice and Regulation website.


Have your say on gaming machine harm in Victoria

The Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation has released a consultation paper seeking industry and community views on gaming machine harm minimisation measures. The consultation paper seeks feedback on:

  • Access to cash in gaming venues
  • Cashless gaming and ticket-in, ticket-out systems (TITO)
  • Responsible Gambling Codes of Conduct
  • Self-exclusion programs
  • Responsible service of gaming training
  • Regional and municipal limits on gaming machine numbers.

Feedback from the consultation paper will be used to assist the department to make recommendations to the minister regarding existing and future harm minimisation measures.

Submissions must be lodged with the department by 5pm on Monday 16 January 2017.

More info: Read the consultation paper on how to make a submission.


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Aboriginal Health

How community-based innovation can help Australia close the Indigenous gap

Aboriginal self-determination must be front and centre in any decision making processes if we are to truly see major gains to Close the Gap in Indigenous health and social and economic wellbeing.

The importance of the ACCHO sector is widely and formally acknowledged across the Australian health and social sectors – from GPs to hospital emergency facilities. ACCHOs are Australia’s largest, single national and preferred primary health care system for Aboriginal people.

More info: Read more here.


Victorian Aboriginal Health Service – Family Counselling Services Staff: Running Man Challenge video

This is a resource for promoting Victorian Aboriginal Health Service’s Family Counselling Services.

More info: Contact 9403 3300. View the video here.


Scoping Project – Aboriginal Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and AOD Services

NWMPHN are working to identify what mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drugs services are available to Aboriginal community members in the north and west of Melbourne. This work will help in identify gaps and prioritising activity in the coming years.

More info: Email Corina Pesich here or call 9347 1188


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For Your Diary


Men’s Sheds Grants

The Australian Government is investing in the promotion and support of men’s health and wellbeing through the announcement of funding towards nearly 100 Men’s Sheds across the country. Grants are competitive with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas. Applications close Friday 13th January, 2017.

More info: Read more here.


Participation for CALD Seniors Grants Program

This grants program provides funding for projects that help isolated people from CALD backgrounds connect with existing or new support networks and activities. Applicants can apply for grants of up to $5,000 or for more complex or partnership projects up to $10,000. Applications close 5pm, Friday 24 February 2017.

More info: Read more here.


Victorian Legal Services Board Funding Grants

The Victorian Legal Services Board funding grants that are now available for programs with an aim of reducing women’s contact with the criminal justice system. Applications close Friday 3rd March, 2017.

More info: Find further details here.



International Mental Health Conference

Abstract submissions are now open, closing Monday 15 May 2017. Abstracts are invited on a range of topics, for example: Child and Youth Mental Health, the role of the Mental Health Worker, Self-Harm, Suicide and Survival and Indigenous Wellbeing.

Where: Conference Centre at Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, QLD
When: 21-23 August 2017
More info: Read more here.



Diabetes Expo 2017

The Diabetes Expo 2017 is an all-day event which aims to connect consumers with leading experts in the field of diabetes, product suppliers, health professionals and local health care services.

There will be concurrent presentations running across two plenary rooms on all facets of diabetes management including management, men and women’s health and diabetes, research, technology and nutrition. Key note presentations will be delivered by Dr Andrew Rochford and Dr Susan Alberti AC.

When: Saturday 25th February, 2017: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
More info: Visit the website here, or call 1300 136 588 to book.


Melbourne Metro

This Friday – Lunchtime Learning: The relationship between poker-machine accessibility and domestic violence in Victorian postcodes, 2005-2014

An emerging body of research has documented relationships between problem gambling and domestic violence in a range of study populations and locations. Yet little research has analysed this relationship in communities and neighbourhoods. This study investigated the possibility that gambling accessibility and the domestic violence might be linked in Victoria.

When: 16 December 2016: 12.30 – 1.30pm (12.15pm arrival)
Where: Training Room, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
RSVP: Kristal Yeung: kristal.yeung@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au


Applications open: Growing Our Community Leadership Program 2017

An exciting opportunity is coming to Maribyrnong for people interested in exploring the world of effective leadership with a focus on our local environment. Council’s next leadership program ‘Growing Our Community’ will commence in February 2017.

FREE accredited 12 week training program – applications open: 5th December 2016

More info: Learn more about the program here.


FREE Suicide Prevention Workshop

This six-hour workshop builds on SANE’s Suicide Prevention and Recovery Guide to help health professionals reflect on suicide prevention in a recovery-oriented framework. Mental health workers: case-workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, counsellors, peer-workers, social workers, youth workers and students are encouraged to attend.

When: Workshops throughout January to February 2017
More info: Read about the workshops here.


For Community

HEARTS Project Family Fun Day & BBQ

Come and celebrate the end of the year with Drummond Street’s HEARTs (Humanitarian Entrants and Refugee Transitional Support) program. There will be activities including soccer, basketball, jumping castle and face painting.

When: Saturday 10th December, 2016: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Kelly Part (between Cherry St and Synnot St, Werribee).
More info: Download the poster here, or contact James or Anyaak on 0477 600 445 or 0488 787 202.


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