17 February 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

Welcome Kelly Lee!

HealthWest is delighted to welcome Kelly Lee Hickey to the role of Project Manager, Reducing Gambling Frequency.  Kelly Lee has diverse experience spanning the community, arts and cultural development sectors in Australia and Indonesia, with involvement in projects in the areas of mental health and violence prevention. She will be working alongside a team of bilingual workers to reduce gambling frequency amongst seniors groups in the north west.

Welcome to the team, Kelly Lee!


New project: Working Together with Men to build safe communities for women and their children

In partnership with cohealth, ISIS Primary Care, Brimbank City Council, HealthWest Partnership has successfully obtained  a $150,000 grant from the Department of Social Services. Working Together With Men aims to mobilise men in Brimbank to prevent violence against women and children. This is one of the 28 projects across Australia and 6 projects in Victoria to receive a total of $4 million from the Commonwealth Government that help build safer communities for women and their children.

More info: Read the media release here.


Reducing gambling frequency with culturally and Linguistically diverse seniors groups

HealthWest was one of eleven health and community organisations to receive a share of $2.4 million funding from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to implement gambling harm prevention projects across Victoria. Healthwest will be working with seniors groups from culturally and linguistically diverse communities across the north and west of Melbourne to reduce gambling frequency.

HealthWest will partner with the following organisations to deliver the program: Australian Greek Welfare; Maltese Council of Victoria; Migrant Resource Centre North West; Arabic Welfare; Macedonian Welfare Association and CO.AS.IT

More info: Read the media release here


Communications Survey – Reminder!

We’re currently reviewing our online communications and would like to know what kind of resources you’d like to receive, and how.

Please take a quick 5-minute survey here to let us know what you think.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Update on the Health Literacy Community of Practice

There are some changes going on at the Health Literacy Community of Practice! Based on participant feedback, we are now offering different opportunities for people to engage in different ways.

Health Literacy MEET-UPs

These broad meetings look at current and contemporary issues affecting you and the theme of health literacy. They will respond to regional needs and contexts.

Who: A great place for inspiration and learning, relevant to all health and community settings.
When: MEET-UP dates to be advised – watch this space!

Health Literacy Practitioners Alliance

HealthWest and cohealth are piloting a new initiative in 2016 – The Practitioners Alliance, which will allow health literacy practitioners to come together to support each other. Members share responsibility for planning and will troubleshoot problems, support each other and discuss how they can better support health literacy within their organisations.

Who: People from local government, health and community organisations in the western region of Melbourne for whom Health literacy is a key part of their role.
When: Thursday 10 March, 2016:  2.00 – 4.00pm
RSVP: If you’re interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Mindy on (03) 9248 9658 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au.



NSQHS Standards Version 2: Consultation Draft teleconference

On Wednesday 9th March, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) will be holding specialist group teleconferences to discuss feedback on the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards Version 2: Consultation Draft received during the piloting and consultation process conducted late last year.

Organisations that deliver community health and dental services are invited to participate in one or more teleconferences to discuss the feedback received and the suggested actions.

To register your interest in one or more teleconferences, please click on the relevant URL and add your details. You will need to do this for each teleconference you are interested in attending:

Dental services: Wednesday 9 March 2016 :1.00 – 2.00 pm, (register here).
Community health services: Wednesday 9 March 2016: 3.00 – 4.00 pm, (register here).

Registration closes on Friday 4 March 2016.



Nationally accredited qualifications on health consumer leadership and engagement

The Health Issues Centre is offering two accredited courses in consumer leadership and engagement:

Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement
Provides skills and knowledge that health and community services managers and staff need to plan, implement and evaluate consumer and community engagement in their services.
When: 18 – 19 May and 1 – 2 June, 2016

Course in Consumer Leadership
Prepares consumers, carers and community leaders to work in partnership with health and community services management and staff to ensure safe and high quality healthcare.
When: 10, 17 and 24 May, 2016

More info: Go to the Health Issues Centre website or contact Tere Dawson on (03) 9664 9340 or t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au.

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Service Integration

A new digital health agency

The government is establishing a new agency (The Australian Digital Health Agency) as the single accountable organisation for digital health in Australia. This Agency is planned to be operational from 1 July 2016. Governance arrangements will reflect the key stakeholders and beneficiaries of the system. The agency will take over the activities and resources of the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), along with the system operation activities of the My Health Record (currently managed by the Department of Health).


My Aged Care referrals

Information for health professionals about My Aged Care is now available. This fact sheet provides information about what support is available and how to make a referral. In the near future all referrals for Aged Care Assessments Services (ACAS) must go through My Aged Care.

To download the fact sheet, click here.


Prisoner health

The Health of Australia’s Prisoners 2015 is the 4th report produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on the health and wellbeing of prisoners. The report explores the conditions and diseases experienced by prisoners and provides valuable insight into the use of prison health services. New to the 2015 report is data on the disabilities or long-term health conditions of prisoners entering the prison system (prison entrants), self-assessed mental and physical health status of prisoners and data on smoke-free prisons.

Download the report here.


Modernising Medicare

The Australian government is investigating the possibility of privatising the payment services associated with Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, aged care services and veteran affairs.  It is said that these services have not kept up with the times and are not delivering the types of user-friendliness and function, especially on mobile devices.  The Department of Health says a Digital Payments Services Taskforce was put together to investigate options.

Click here to read the article on The Conversation website.


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Collective Impact

The following is a great practitioner reflection on collective impact from the directors of the Tamarack Insitute in Canada about strategies and benefits of collaborative partnerships in reducing poverty.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.


Creating a fairer Distribution of Health: What will it take?

Croakey hosted a day-long Twitter festival on Monday 8 February 2016 to mark the Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity’s website launch.

Click here for full article.


One Month Extension Granted To Royal Commission Into Family Violence

An extension has been granted to allow additional time for the commissioners to consider the issues that the Family Violence Royal Commission has examined. The findings are now due on 29 March 2016.

More info: click here.


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Aboriginal Health

State of Reconciliation in Australia

Reconciliation Australia has released the State of Reconciliation in Australia report. The first of its kind since 2000, the Report highlights what has been achieved under the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance; and makes recommendations on how we can progress reconciliation into the next generation.
Click here to read the report.


Significant Dates 2016

Click here for the calendar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Significant Dates for 2016. Thank you to North East PCP for this resource.


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For Your Diary


Gellibrand Stronger Communities Grants 2016.

The Gellibrand Stronger Communities Grants Programme makes $150,000 available per year for two years for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of our community in Melbourne’s west. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available for capital projects. Eligible projects require matched contributions, in cash or in kind, on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

Applications will open on Monday 29 February 2016 and must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 8 April 2016 .

More info: You can read the guidelines on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website for more details about the programme. For information about eligibility, the application process and deadlines please click here.



Person Centred Healthcare: Achievements & Challenges

The 2016 Australian Disease Management Association Conference will be held in Melbourne 20 –21 October.

More info: Click here for the conference flyer. Abstracts due 27 May.


International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference

The Lowitja Institute is calling for abstracts for the International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 8-10 November 2016. The conference will celebrate, share and strengthen Indigenous knowledges and bring together Indigenous people from around Australia and the world.

More info: Click here for further details. Abstracts submissions close 28 March 2016.


Primary Health Care Research Conference

The Primary Health Care Research Conference will present research findings, discuss research methodology and policy issues, and build and maintain essential networks between researchers, practitioners, policy makers and representatives of consumer organisations. The conference will run from 8-9 June, 2016.

More info: Click here for more details. Abstracts due by Wednesday 24 February


Melbourne Metro

Diabetes Extensions

Diabetes Extensions builds on the material covered in Diabetes Foundations and explores more complex diabetes management issues. This one day program will equip health care professionals with skills and knowledge to assist people with diabetes manage some of the challenges associated with living with diabetes. Topics covered include: insulin and other glucose lowering medications, sick days and hyperglycaemic emergencies, perioperative issues, complications, Gestational Diabetes management, pre-existing diabetes and preganancy and complex nutrition issues for diabetes.

When: Thursday 3 March, 2016: 9.00am – 4.30pm
Diabetes Victoria, 51 Leicester Street, Carlton
Cost: $150
More info: To register for this event, please download the registration form.


Foundations of culturally competent practice 

This workshop introduces health, community and local government staff to key concepts of migration, diversity and cultural competence.

When: 16 March 2016: 9.15am – 1.00pm.
Where: Centre for Culture Ethnicity & Health, Richmond
More info: Click here for the flyer.


Cultural Diversity & Awareness Training

Action on Disabilities with Ethnic Communities (ADEC) provides professional development training for community service workers.

When: Friday 18th of March, 2016: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, Gallery Room, 506 Elizabeth St. Melbourne
More info: Click here for the flyer.


OzDAFNE Health Professional Workshop

The one-day OzDAFNE Health Professional Workshop is aimed at health professionals involved in the direct care and support of people with type 1 diabetes.

When: Friday 18 March 2016: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $100 incl. GST
More info: To register, please download the registration form attached, complete and return to the OZDAFNE team. For enquiries, contact the OzDAFNE team via email or call (03) 9667 1719


Motivational Interviewing Foundation Skills workshop

This two day professional development event is for workers in health, community and corrections settings who engage in conversations about change. This workshop is limited to only 24 places to foster individual skill development.

When: 3 and 4 May 2016: 9.30 – 5.00pm
Where: Van Raay Centre at Ceres Environment Park in Room 1 (Rooms 2-4 combined) Cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East
More info: For more details, click here. 


Culturally Competent Practice with Vulnerable Families

These workshops will explore awareness, skills and knowledge of cultural competence with experienced trainers and cross-cultural facilitators. Practitioners who work with children, young people and families are encouraged to attend.

Where: Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Level 5, 50 Market Street Melbourne
When: Various dates throughout 2016
More info: Click here for more details.


For Community

Eating Disorders Victoria – Footscray Recovery Support Group

Eating Disorders Victoria is pleased to be offering a Recovery Support Group in Footscray in 2016. Come along to meet others experiencing similar challenges and benefit from the recovery-focused support of the group.

Where: The Body Voice Centre, 50 Wolverhampton Street, Footscray
When: Every first Tuesday of the month. Click here for a full listing of dates.
More info: For more details and bookings, call EDV on 1300 550 236 or click here.



Online Training

Free online LGBTI ageing and aged care training

ACON is providing a free online online module for aged care staff, providing an introduction to the core principles of working in an inclusive way with older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) people. The training is provided free of charge until April 2016.

More info: Click here to read more and register online.


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