14 October 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

Help us review our Health Literacy Community of Practice!

HealthWest and cohealth facilitate the Health Literacy Community of Practice, including the Health Literacy MEET-UPs. We are currently reviewing the activities and purpose of the Community of Practice.

If your work involves supporting health literacy within health or community organisations, we would be grateful if you can complete a short online survey by COB Friday 19th October.

Complete the survey here

The survey is open to anyone who works in the western suburbs of Melbourne. You do not need to have attended a Community of Practice event before. If you would like more information, please contact Mindy Allott on (03) 9248 9658 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au


Pledge to Drop the Jargon





Drop the Jargon Day is this Tuesday, 20th October 2015 – there is still time to pledge to use plain language! 

Have you noticed how much jargon we use at work every day?

Using jargon and acronyms makes it hard for people to understand what we are saying.

Drop the Jargon is a day of action for professionals in Australian health, community services and local government when we take up the challenge to use plain language.

For more information, and join over 270 others in pledging, click here.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Consumer Advisor Conference

The first Consumer Advisor Conference will explore the key questions about being a consumer advisor in the health sector – as identified by consumers themselves! This is an opportunity to learn from others, hear about a range of experiences and get practical advice. It is being run by Mercy health and the Health Issues Centre.

When: 4 November 9am – 3:30pm
Where: City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley Street, West Melbourne
How much: Consumers $70, staff $149 (all staff must be accompanied by a consumer)
More info: See the program and register to attend on the conference website.


A framework for health literacy

New Zealand Ministry of Health continue their work in health literacy with this framework for health literacy. The framework outlines how the health system, health organisations and all of the health workforce can take action to build health literacy.
Download the framework on the NZ Ministry of Health website.


Research article: Conceptualising patient empowerment: a mixed methods study

The aim in this study was to develop a conceptual map of patient empowerment, including components of patient empowerment and relationships with other constructs such as health literacy, self-management and shared decision-making.
Read the article at BioMed Central.


Talking Diversity and what does it really mean?

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV), the peak body for ethnic and multicultural organisations in Victoria, acknowledges and supports the efforts of mainstream health and community service providers to be more responsive to the needs and concerns of Vitoria’s diverse population.

ECCV would like to invite you to a roundtable event on diversity and what it really means. As you all know, this is a conversation we need to have and a conversation which may serve as prelude to some serious rethinking on how to engage Victoria’s diverse population. There will be presentations from:

  • Assunta Morrone – Manager Consumer Partnerships Equity and Diversity (Western Health)
  • Dr Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts – Lecturer Community Health (Victoria University)
  • Sunil Patel – Manager Training, Information and Resource Development (Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria)

Date: 10 November 2015: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Venue: EECV Offices, 150 Palmerston Street Carlton
Enquiries: Me’ad Assan Policy Officer (General) on (03) 9349 4122

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Service Integration

Leading cause of premature mortality in Australia fact sheets

A collection of fact sheets detailing the major causes of premature deaths have been published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. They explore current patterns and trends over time for premature deaths. These fact sheets in particular explore population-level approaches that target specific causes of premature death which may have contributed to improvements in death rates for some causes.

View the fact sheets here.


My Health Record update

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley recently announced the Committee that will oversee the rebooted personalised My Health Record system for patients and doctors, as part of a $485 million package to deliver Australians an electronic medical record system.

Ms Ley announced the appointment of Ms Robyn Kruk AM as the independent chair of the eHealth Implementation Taskforce Steering Committee, which is responsible for the establishment of the Australian Commission for eHealth.

For more information, click here.


Week Without Violence

The Week Without Violence (WWV) is a worldwide campaign that occurs in the third week of October, each year. The campaign aims to raise community awareness of family violence, encourage the notion of healing through art, and foster and strengthen local connections and relationships focused on the prevention of violence against women.

In 2015, the WWV will run from October 19-23.

HealthWest Partnership together with other Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) in the North West Region of Melbourne (NWMR) are leading the Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Project. The project aims to assist PCP member agencies in the NWMR to provide a more streamlined and coordinated service system response to the diversity of women and children experiencing family violence.

To find out more about the project please contact Ilana Jaffe on 9389 2279 or email Ilanaj@inwpcp.org.au


Royal Commission into Family Violence

Jacky Tucker, Women’s Health West’s Family Violence Services Manager, together with Fiona McCormack, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Family Violence hearing on police response to family violence. Jacky’s witness statement and a full transcript of the hearing are available online.

Click here for a few edited extracts from Jacky’s responses on the day.


Women and diabetes in the west: factsheets

Type 2 diabetes compromises the health of many Australians and is on the rise despite being preventable. Women’s Health West has developed a series of factsheets for local government, primary care partnerships and community health organisations in the west, exploring some of the social and gendered determinants of this type of diabetes to support future health planning. The factsheets explore the prevalence of diabetes among women and men across the seven local government areas in our catchment.

View the factsheets here


Multicultural Aged Care Services Directory

The ECCV Multicultural Aged Care Services Directory (MACSD) is an online platform for ethno-specific and multicultural organisations to promote and advertise their culturally specific aged care services. Eligible organisations will have free access to register a user account on MACSD and create a profile for their organisation. ECCV is pleased to invite you to visit this exciting new website that is now live here.

If you require more information or assistance in registering your organisation, please contact the MACSD team on: 9349 4122 or directory@eccv.org.au.


Aged care to revert to Health after two years with DSS

The federal government will bring responsibility for aged care back to the health portfolio two years after it was moved to the Department of Social Services. Aged care was cut from the then Department of Health and Ageing when the Coalition government was elected in 2013. The previous government had a dedicated minister for ageing as part of the portfolio

For more information, click here.


HACC Active Service Model (ASM) & Diversity Update:

ASM Resources: Active Service in the South online resource


HACC funded services in the North and West Metro Region have identified through their ASM Implementation Plans that they are seeking opportunities to provide Active Service Model training for new HACC funded staff and ASM refresher training for existing staff. A new online training opportunity is now available. Developed in the Southern Metropolitan Region the Active Service in the South resource provides information about ASM using interviews, short videos, case studies and reflective questions to demonstrate the ASM principles in practice.

The Active Service in the South online training can be used for inducting staff who are new to Home and Community Care and to consolidate the knowledge and understanding of ASM for existing staff. This is not the only source of information about ASM, but as an online resource may provide opportunities for staff in an accessible format. The Active Service in the South online training provides links to useful resources from the Department of Health and Human Services as well as other models of care from around Australia. The Active Service in the South online resource is suitable for all HACC staff (managers, coordinators, assessment officers, office staff, community care workers, planned activity group workers, community transport drivers and volunteers).

Click here to view the resource.


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New health equity resources from VicHealth

VicHealth have released 18 new health equity resources. The resources highlight the evidence on how best to promote equity in health promotion policy and practice. This is best done by understanding and addressing the social conditions that influence health, and how these conditions are distributed unequally in society.

See the new resources here.


Article: Routinely collected data as a strategic resource for research: priorities for methods and workforce

In the era of ‘big data’, research using routinely collected data offers greater potential than ever before to drive health system effectiveness and efficiency, and population health improvement. In Australia, the policy environment, and emerging frameworks and processes for data governance and access, increasingly support the use of routinely collected data for research. Capitalising on this strategic resource requires investment in both research methods and research workforce.

Read the article here.


New documentary – Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation

On the 20th October the ABC will broadcast a new documentary which will delve into the flashing lights and spinning reels to find out what makes pokies so treacherous. Viewers will hear from game designers, mathematicians and composers who have designed hundreds of machines, as they break the silence around this highly secretive industry.

It’s going to be a pivotal point in Australia’s long and difficult history of poker machines designed to manipulate people into addiction – Australians have lost $11 billion from poker machines in the past year.

Watch the trailer video for Kaching! here, and view the documentary on Tuesday 20th October at 9.30pm on ABC Television.


Have your say about lifelong economic wellbeing for women in Australia

From 29th September until mid November, eS4W is encouraging all women to have their say about their lifelong economic wellbeing.

eS4W is seeking women’s views on their economic empowerment; their ability to cope with changing conditions in the economy; their participation in paid work and their income in later life into retirement.

Download the flier here, and take the survey here.

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Aboriginal Health

Yarning about Justice Workshop and Forum

On the 29th October 2015 the Koorie Youth Council in partnership with the Department of Justice and Regulation, will be hosting the Yarning About Justice: Workshop & Forum.
The workshop & forum is an opportunity for Aboriginal young people, aged 15-25, to participate in a youth-led discussion to yarn about justice issues impacting young people in their communities; and to work through ideas to address these issues.

Where: Korin Gamadji Institute, Punt Road Oval Richmond
When: Thursday 29th October
Workshop: 9.30am – 2.30pm
Forum: 3pm – 5pm

Contact: Greg Kennedy, KYC Manager on 0423 608 999 if you have any questions


Strong Boorais, Bright Futures – Keeping Healthy During Pregnancy

This collection of video resources provides information on smoking, alcohol and other drug use while pregnant and breastfeeding, for Aboriginal people living in Victoria. This resource for mothers, fathers and families focus on keeping healthy during pregnancy. It provides advice for reducing and stopping the use of alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

View the resources here.


The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision

Good quality eye services are fundamental to improving the health of Indigenous Australians. This report builds on the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey. It recommends policy changes to improve the quality and sustainability of eye care services.
The Roadmap builds on community consultation and control, the regional delivery of services and national health reforms. It stresses the assessment of population-based needs, strong
co-ordination, monitoring of performance and national accountability.
Full text available here.


Cancer Prevention and the Cancer Journey in the Aboriginal Community

The Cancer Council and Peter Mac Cancer Centre are hosting free workshops over two days. It is suitable for people working in the Aboriginal Community e.g. HACC, PAG AHW’s & liaison officers, community nurses and others working in the Aboriginal community. The purpose is to increase knowledge and awareness of the importance of cancer screening and prevention and be more informed of the cancer journey.

Day 1 –  Thursday October 29th – Cancer Screening with $500 grants at CCV. Cervical screening and the HPV vaccine, mammograms and bowel cancer screening tests for the Aboriginal community.
Day 2 – Friday October 30th – Treatment and support at Peter MacCallum – understanding chemotherapy, radiation and support services.

Apply for a $500 grant to integrate cancer prevention messages into your work with the Aboriginal community/clients in your local area.

More info: RSVP By 22nd of October to Robyn Bradley – 9514 6547 or robyn.bradley@cancer vic.org.au

For those travelling from regional areas accommodation and travel costs will be considered.

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HealthWest Members

Carers Victoria – National Carers Week

This week marks National Carers Week, a time to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution that Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers make to our nation.

At Carers Victoria we use this week as an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles; as well as a chance to show our appreciation to all 774,000 Victorian carers.

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy. Should all people in a caring role decide to stop performing their daily tasks, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace them – that’s over $1 billion per week, or 3.8% of Gross Domestic Product.

To support National Carers Week and Australia’s unpaid carers please head to the Carers Week website and make a pledge.


For Your Diary


Participation for CALD Seniors Grants Program

The Victorian Government is continuing this popular program for another two years. Eligible organisations such as seniors clubs, ethnic community groups, migrant resource centres, neighbourhood houses, aged care facilities and local councils are invited to apply for funding up to $5000 or $10,000 for complex projects.

Click here for more info.



Logging in: Using technology in practice to improve young people’s mental health

This free webinar will describe the role of technologies in young people’s lives, and how they might be used to support young people’s mental health.

When: Tuesday, 20 October 2015: 1:30 to 2:30pm
Where: Online.
More info: To visit the website, click here.


Melbourne Metro

Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference

For the long-term unemployed there are barriers to employment that need close examination and dialogue. A focus on job creation now and in the future is fundamental to Australia’s capability and stability. Our 2015 Conference theme ‘Employment Pathways’ will focus on improving transitions for job seekers to help them achieve positive outcomes.

When: 9 and 10 November, 2015
Where: Pullman Melbourne on the Park
More info: Visit the website here.


Cultural Appreciation Training for Indigenous PIP

In two sessions, facilitated by AJ Williams, where you will learn about historical impacts, cultural awareness, appropriate support and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, families and carers.

When: 12th and 19th November (Thursdays): 6.30 – 9.00pm
Where: Victoria University Metro West, Footscray
More info: To visit the website, click here and to download the flier, click here.


Dementia Awareness for Staff in the Homelessness Sector2015

The aim of the session is for the participant to gain knowledge of dementia, learm practical strategies in effective communication and how to provide person-centred care for the person with cognitive impairment.

When: Thursday 19 Nov 2015 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Wombat Housing and Support Service, North Melbourne
More info: To download the flier, click here and to register online, click here.


Introduction to Researching Family Violence

This one-day interactive course aims to introduce participants to some of the methodological and ethical challenges involved in researching family violence. Attendees will gain confidence in addressing this sensitive issue within their research, and ensuring that participants’ safety and wellbeing is protected at all times.

When: 28 October, 2015: 9.00am – 4.30pm
Where: Melbourne University, Parkville
More info: To download the flier, click here and to register, click here.


CREST: Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training

Culturally sensitive health care is critical to reducing the inequities in quality of care for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients, yet there are limited opportunities and resources for cultural sensitivity communication training. Using simulated patients, CREST can address this gap.

When: 13 November, 2015: 9.15am – 1.30pm
Where: Melbourne University, Parkville
More info: To download the flier, click here and to register, click here.


2015 Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care National Conference and Victorian Advance Care Planning Strategy

This year two events are being held “back to back” offering up to 40 speakers, 20 hours of education and networking, and peer-reviewed poster displays.

The events are for anyone interested in advance care planning and end of life care, designed to appeal not only to medical, nursing, clinical and health workers, but academic, community, government, legal and financial planning interests as well.

When: 24 and 25 November, 2015: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
More info: For more information, click here.


Human Rights Oration 2015

The Commission is pleased to announce Dr Anita Heiss will present the 2015 Human Rights Oration on 10 December. Anita is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature.

When: 10 December, 2015: 12.30 – 1.30pm
Where: The Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne
More info:Click here for more information and to register.


Local Area

Get up ‘n’ go

This is a 10 week course aimed at getting active in recovery by increasing health and fitness in a fun and interactive
way. It is all about finding the strength and courage within oneself and increasing self-worth and self-confidence along the way.

When:Commencing Monday 16 November 2015
Where:Mind Group Support Services, Williamstown
More info:Download the flier here.

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