18 March 2015

Welcome to HealthWest’s fortnightly newsletter. Read on for the latest in health news, resources, events and more!

News at HealthWest
Health Literacy
Service Integration
Aboriginal Health
For Your Diary


News at HealthWest

Pain Self-Management Forum

The Western Self-Management Network is proud to announce a forum on the self-management of pain. The guest speaker will include Lester Jones, a researcher and physiotherapist with 23 years of clinical experience and Chair of the National Pain Network. The forum will focus on the most current concepts of pain, the determinants and influences of pain and self-management interventions for clients living with persistent pain. Any clinician or manager interested in developing skills and knowledge of the self-management approach should attend this event. Reserve your seat now!

When: 27 April 2015, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: Maribyrnong City Council
More info: register by visiting our website.

Diabetes Community Working Group Braybrook

HealthWest are currently seeking interested community members to help shape the initiatives delivered by the place-based project, Responding to Diabetes in Braybrook. Please see the role description for further details.

More info: contact Raini Nailer with any queries or to apply at raini.nailer@healthwest.org.au or 8379 9953.

HealthWest is on the move

We will be moving to Carers Victoria on the 1 April 2015, located at Level 1, 37 Albert St, Footscray.  We expect to be back online after the Easter break  on Tuesday 7 April. Our emails will remain the same but we will have new phone numbers and will advise when they are available.

More info: HealthWest can be contacted on 0417 694 998 between the 1-7 April.

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Health Literacy

Report of the Victorian 2014 Consultation on Health Literacy

The Department of Health Victoria’s Report of the Victorian 2014 Consultation on Health Literacy is now online. The report follows a series of consultation workshops and submissions, and makes a series of recommendations to improve the health literacy of Victorians. These recommendations focus on:

  • Individual consumers, carers and communities
  • Health professionals and the health workforce
  • Healthcare organisations and systems.

More info: view the report.

Health videos for refugee women

A series of videos have been developed for refugee women to communicate spoken health information in their own languages. This project was run by West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local and the University of Southern Queensland after health workers noticed that some refugee women were having trouble reading health information in their own language.

Extensive community consultations revealed the women’s inability to read in their first language is because they’ve often experienced disrupted and traumatic experiences in their lives”.

The videos are currently available in Arabic, Swahili, French and Kirundi. You can access them online for general use and distribution.

More info: access the videos.

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Service Integration

COAG: transition to full scheme

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) met in Melbourne with all governments reaffirming their commitment to ensure that the transition to the full scheme roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is achieved and consistent with the timeframes and funding arrangements set out in the Heads of Agreements.

More info: read the communique.

NDIS Capacity Building Project

The latest NDIS Capacity Building Project Update is now available on the Mental Health Australia website. A number of items are covered in this edition including consultation opportunities and the project scope – the design of individual supports for people with psychosocial disability.

More info: view the website.

Tandem 2014 Carer Forum DVDs

A DVD that is useful for carers and workers alike is available through Tandem on the new Mental Health Act 2014, Nominated Persons and Advance Directives and the new Mental Health Complaints Commissioner. A limited number of DVDs are available for carers and workers/organisations interested in finding out more about these topics and for supporting staff training and carer support or information sessions.

More info: to request a copy please call 8803 5555 (press option 3). Watch the DVDs.

Beyond Blue anxiety video and resources

Beyond Blue have re-released their thought provoking online video on anxiety. 1 in 4 people experience anxiety and most don’t recognise it. Beyond Blue advocate that you need to know anxiety to be free from it.

More info: watch the video and access Beyond Blue resources.

Argus & Connecting Care Newsletter

The Argus and ConnectingCare network has grown significantly over the past two years and has recently transitioned to new infrastructure.

More info: read more about it in their newsletter.

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Respectful Relationships app launched

Australian of the Year 2015 Rosie Batty launched Doncare’s new healthy relationships app on Valentine’s Day. The iMatter App has been developed to help young women understand the warning signs of abusive and controlling behaviour in relationships as well as to promote healthy self-esteem.

Users can share and save content and learn how to recognise and address controlling/abusive behaviour and gender inequality, as well as support others who are experiencing violence. The interactive iMatter app provides a regularly updated series of positive messages, videos and quizzes to raise awareness of the warning signs and impact of intimate partner violence.

More info: visit the Donvale Community Services website.

FARE releases new study into longitudinal harms of alcohol consumption

Funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and undertaken by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), ‘Beyond the drinker: Longitudinal patterns in alcohol’s harm to others’ reveals that almost two thirds of people harmed by the drinking of others in a 2008 survey were still being harmed three years later.

‘Beyond the drinker’ followed up Australian adults first surveyed in 2008 to see what level of harm they were experiencing as a result of other people’s drinking, whether this situation was remaining stable, improving or worsening, and what factors might predict patterns over time.

More info: read the full report.

Ice Action Plan released with primary prevention actions

On 4 March, the Victorian Government released its Ice Action Plan.  The plan has been developed on the advice of the Premier’s Ice Action Taskforce and builds on the Victorian Parliament’s 2014 Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines.

The plan is supported by a framework to help government, service providers and the community work together to deliver a coordinated and effective response to ice. Included within the plan are actions to invest in TAFE and jobs in rural and regional Victoria.

More info: visit the Department of Health website.

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Aboriginal Health

Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in primary care settings

Significant barriers affect the way Indigenous men access health services. Andrology Australia’s latest ‘Clinical Summary Guide’ for health professionals details strategies for health services and encourages cultural competency training.

The Clinical Summary Guide considers such issues as:

  • The barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to access health services
  • Strategies for health services to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men
  • Strategies for health services to engage men from remote communities
  • Strategies for GPs and other health care professionals to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men
  • Strategies to talk about sexual health issues with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men
  • Supporting cultural respect with regard to men’s health

More info: visit the website.

Significant dates for 2015

North East PCP has developed a calendar of significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates, including explanations about the meaning of these dates. Please download and distribute within your organisation to raise the profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

More info: view the calendar and the explanations.

Shifting Gears in Career: Identifying Drivers of Career Development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workers in the Health Sector

This paper explores how the Australian health sector might improve opportunities for career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. It considers the current evidence surrounding career development in the health sector, along with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worker experiences, to develop a usable conceptual framework for change.

More info: view the paper.

Are Aboriginal people more likely to be diagnosed with more advanced cancer?

Aboriginal people are more likely than non-Aboriginal people to be diagnosed with more advanced cancer for only a few cancer types, most notably head and neck cancers. This new data has come from a cross-sectional study of cancer cases, excluding lymphohaematopoietic cancers and cancers of unknown primary site, diagnosed in NSW in 2001–2007.

More info: read the study.

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For Your Diary


Call for abstracts at Population Health Congress 2015

The Population Health Congress 2015 is calling for abstracts for presentations and workshops. The theme for the 2015 congress is ‘One Vision, Many Voices’. This theme will be explored and discussed through the following sub themes:

  • Engagement and advocacy
  • Research and knowledge
  • Healthy places and spaces
  • Grand challenges and wicked problems
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Advancing public health policy.

Abstract submissions not fitting one of the above themes are welcome and may also be submitted online. The closing date is Friday 20 March.

More info: visit the Population Health Congress website.

Melbourne Metro

2015 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards

There is just over a week to go to enter your hard-working volunteers into the 2015 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards. Entries close on Friday 27 March at 5pm.

More info: visit the website.

Identifying Family Violence: How to Work with Clients Safely

This one day workshop is aimed at case and community workers who are interested in identifying family violence and would like to know how to work with their clients safely.

During the seminar you will:

  • Explore the myths about the causes of family violence
  • Identify various forms of family violence
  • Address the gendered nature of family violence
  • Review the dynamics of men’s use of violence and collusion
  • Explore direct involvement with men
  • Review ongoing assessment, monitoring and risk management
  • Address safe practices in engagement
  • Review barriers to leaving and gathering important information.

When: Friday 20 March
Where: Turning Point Office, Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Cost: $220
More info: visit the Turning Point website.

Women’s Health Victoria workshop: Applied Gender Analysis

Women’s Health Victoria is holding an activity-based workshop to equip professionals with skills in the design, delivery and evaluation of gender sensitive programs and services. The workshop learning objectives are:

  • To increase understanding of the relationships between gender and the social determinants of health
  • To equip professionals with skills in the design, delivery and evaluation of gender sensitive programs and services
  • To increase understanding and confidence in performing a gender analysis.

When: Wednesday 18 March 2015, 9:30am-3:00pm
Where: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8/255 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: $99 (incl.GST) standard rate, or $55 (incl.GST) student/unemployed
More info: register online.

Tandem Carer Forum

Tandem will be holding a full day Mental Health Carers Forum for carers, carer workers, carer peer workers, mental health staff and others who are interested in what is and will be happening in the Victorian mental health sector. Topics that are likely to be covered will include:

  • NDIA and NDIS rollout
  • MHCSS Reform
  • Mental Health Legislation
  • Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
  • Mental Health Tribunal.

Rural carers can be supported with travel and accommodation in order to attend. Catering will also be provided on the day.

When: 19 May 2015
Where: Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, cnr Bell St and St Georges Rd, Preston
More info: will be released closer to the event along with details on how/where to apply for funding to support attendance.

2015 Mind Community Conference

Consumers, carers, volunteers and staff are invited to come together to showcase and share experiences and stories on innovative and creative ways on how to work together.

When: 7 May 2015
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Richmond, Victoria.
More info: contact Erandathie on 03 9455 7981 or Anne Marie on 08 8274 2798.

Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria’s 2015 ‘Musculoskeletal Health’ webinar series

Covering a range of relevant musculoskeletal health topics, this series of five webinars provides participants with clinically-meaningful skills and knowledge to deliver recommended care. Delivered by high profile clinicians and academics, topics covered in the current webinar series include low back pain, CBT and pain, fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome. People can register for the whole series of five webinars, individual webinars or receive a recording of the webinar within seven working days of its screening.

More info: visit the website.

Local Area

Join the Dots Aboriginal Fete 2015

Come along with your family and friends and join the Melton Aboriginal community, Melton Council, Djerriwarrh Health Services and partners for a deadly afternoon of free music, food and cultural activities.

When: Friday 27 March 2015, 11am to 3pm
Where: Melton Community Hall, 232 High St, Melton.

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