HealthWest Update – 2 May 2018

HealthWest Update – 2 May 2018

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

News at HealthWest
Partnership and Collaboration
Access & Equity
For Your Diary

News at HealthWest

Increasing connection, collaboration & shared learning in Melbourne’s west

connectwest’s Treasures in the West Expo

Six months ago, connectwest and HealthWest Partnership asked community leaders, advisors and advocates in Melbourne’s west:

“What is most important to our community and what can we do about it now?”

The Treasures in the West expo on Saturday 14 April is the first of connectwest‘s efforts to respond. The expo was a full day dedicated to showcasing some of the great programs and groups in Melbourne’s west, including many speakers and over 30 stallholders from a range of areas: arts, sports, health, employment, community groups and other services.

connectwest supported these leaders, volunteers, groups and programs, so that community groups in Melbourne’s West have:

  1. More connections that allow for stronger and more strategic partnerships
  2. A platform to network and share information
  3. Increased involvement and connection with diverse and specialised community groups in Melbourne’s West.

Did you miss out?

connectwest is a membership-based network aimed at enabling connections and collaboration between community groups, leaders and volunteers in Melbourne’s western suburbs. connectwest was formally launched at the end of 2017. The Treasures in the West expo was their first major event. connectwest welcomes anyone who works, learns or lives in these areas and are happy to talk with others outside the region if our values align. Click here to find out more.


Youth Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health

Seat at the Table info sessions: May 9, 11, 17

Seat at the Table is a co-design project to help improve mental health in young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds across Melbourne’s west.

We are looking for young people interested in using arts, dance, media, music, cooking, sports … ANYTHING to make a positive change!

Info sessions are being held as the next stage in the process at:

Click here for pdf invite to spread the word OR click on the above locations for the eventbrite page.

Are you working in the area or know some young people who might be interested? Please call 03 9248 9662 or email


Health Promotion Practitioners Network (HPPN)

Health Promotion Speed Networking: Tue 8 May

HPPN presents Speed Networking for health promotion professionals in Melbourne’s western and northern suburbs.

All attendees will get 1 free coffee!

  • Meet others working near you
  • Find out who is working on your priorities areas
  • Share ideas and professional development needs to inform future HPPN events.

Where: Dancing Dog Cafe | 42A Albert Street | Footscray, VIC 3011 | Australia
When: Tuesday, 8 May 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (AEST)An exciting line-up of 30 stallholders and all day speakers from a diverse range of groups and organisations showcasing arts, sports, health, employment and community groups & services in Melbourne’s West.
Register: Click here


Missed out on the last HPPN webinar?
  • Check out the recent ‘Evaluation in Health Promotion’ webinar by Dr Jen Hester and Kim Hider on Mon 30 April here on vimeo.
  • Find out about future events and access resources from previous HPPN webinars here.


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Partnership and Collaboration

Maribyrnong City Council: Challenging gender stereotypes in the early years

In March, Maribyrnong City Council launched their resource Beyond Princesses and Pirates: A Guide to Children’s Picture Books.

It provides parents, grandparents, carers and teachers with a range of stories that are available at that present alternative ideas about what children can be, what they can be interested in and what they can achieve. Developed by Council’s Gender Equity Officer and Children’s and Youth Librarian, these books can be used to encourage discussion, broader thinking and directly challenge harmful gender stereotypes with children in a way that is easy to understand.

More info: The guide is available at


Collaboration for Impact Webinar: Community engagement

Community Dimensions is a collective impact project aimed at engaging the community (including services, government, business and industry and families) in supporting a systems change around a “wicked” problem – in this instance; keeping children safe from abuse and neglect.  At every step of the way participation of parents in analysis, agenda-setting and decision-making has been around 20%.

Register for this webinar to hear why and how they did this and the impact community mobilisation and leadership has had in their region.

When: 15 May 2018 @ 1.30pm (AEST)
Register: Click here


Creative Victoria: Reports

Creative Victoria offers many reports, research and data across a range of areas. These research programs and reports monitor trends in the cultural sector, evaluate performance, measure outcomes, and investigate in-depth key and emerging issues and initiatives.

More info: Click here


Measuring and evaluating partnering with consumers

The NSQHS Standards user guide for measuring and evaluating partnering with consumers supports organisations implement Standard 2: Partnering with Consumers. It provides an overview of the key concepts and issues that should be addressed when measuring and evaluating consumer partnerships, and to inform the development of evaluation and monitoring plans for the Partnering with Consumers Standard.

More info: Download the User Guide here


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Access & Equity

NDIS words – what do they mean?

A lot of the words used to explain the NDIS might be confusing. With roll out of the NDIS in Melbourne’s west due to begin later this year, you will probably come across new words that are important to understand. The NDIS keep an up-to-date glossary to support practitioners and community members during this process.

More info: Check out the NDIS’s list of words and what they mean here


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Young Leaders of the West tackles gambling

IPC Health is running the program in partnership with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and Brimbank City Council.

On average, one young person in every classroom has a problem with gambling. Help build a campaign to reduce these numbers – Join the Young Leaders of the West movement now! Get advanced networking and project management skills by tackling a major social issue. Together we will co-design a gambling awareness and prevention program that engage other young people and communicates responsible gambling to peers and the community.

When: Every second Tuesday, 5:00 – 7:00pm, from 15 May until 26 June
Where: Visy Cares Hub, 80b Harvester Rd, Sunshine
More info: Check out this Facebook post


This Girl Can

VicHealth have officially launched the “This Girl Can” campaign to inspire women across Victoria to get active.

Hear stories from real women who are sharing their experiences, encouraging words and practical tips about getting active. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a walk around the block, sweating it out at the gym, or kicking goals – celebrate and support Victorian women embracing physical activity.

More info:


Drivers of family violence

The latest issue of the VicHealth Letter has an article exploring the relationship between alcohol and family violence.

Don’t bottle it up: Uncovering the complex drivers of family violence looks at how the relationship between alcohol and family violence is complex and multi-layered. While violence in pubs and streets is highly visible, the most significant number of alcohol-fueled assaults happens behind closed doors, hidden and unseen.

More info: Read it here


A Global Charter for the Public’s Health

The Public Health Australia Association writes a number of policy statements. Each available to the public to help educate Australians about the scientific evidence and policy options around public health.

A Global Charter for the Public’s Health is a report with recommendations about the public health system: role, functions, competencies and education requirements.

More info: Read the report here.


New family violence prevention organisation

On 29 March the Victorian Government officially launched Respect Victoria, a new prevention organisation that will continue work to address gender inequality as a root cause of family violence. A statutory authority enshrined in legislation, the new organisation will work to change the attitudes, social norms and culture that lead to family violence and violence against women. The organisation will lead on two pillars of the strategy: research and evaluation, and community engagement.

More info: Read more here


Life! helping you prevent diabetes, heart disease & stroke

Life! is a FREE healthy lifestyle program that helps participants reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Run by health professionals, participants can choose to do a group course or telephone health coaching and learn more about nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress and managing lapses.

Since the program began in 2007 over 55,000 Victorians have joined for a healthier life.

More info: Find out more about our program and eligibility criteria at / 13 RISK (13 74 75)


Toolkits supporting equality in the workplace

The Women’s Business Council (WBC) are committed to identifying and sharing practical actions that business leaders can take to increase the representation of women in leadership, close the Gender Pay Gap and encourage women into STEM careers. The WBC understand that the business sector are seeking an authority for best practice in a crowded market place and want to learn from one another through best practice initiatives and case studies. In many ways, the WBC provides guidance and examples of what is simply good business, change management and collective leadership practices applied to specific gender equality challenges.

More info: Read more here


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For Your Diary


Innovation Challenge: Sport

VicHealth is looking for clever ideas to get more Victorians physically active. They are challenging you to lead community sport in a new direction. The most promising ideas will share in a total funding pool of up to $450,000 to test new ideas and make a real impact over an 18-month project timeline. Funding amounts for Challenge vary between $60,000 to $120,000, based on project needs and context.

More info: Read more here
Submit by: Friday 4 May 2018, 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time


Pick My Project

Pick My Project is a new community grants program that gives Victorians the chance to suggest project ideas, and then decide which ones will most improve their communities by voting. Winning ideas will be funded!

Residents are encouraged to come up with a great idea to make life in their community even better, and identify an eligible local organisation to sponsor their idea, such as a community group, school or local council before submitting.

Projects could include sport and recreation activities, improving health and wellbeing, innovation, arts and culture, and ideas that improve community and bring people together. Projects can cost anything from $20,000 to $200,000.

More info:




Complexity and Evaluation Conference

A two-day interactive conference exploring useable ideas and tools to evaluate systems change. Featuring international evaluation experts Mark Cabaj and Kate McKegg.

When: Thursday 3 and Friday 4 May 2018, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Melbourne Business School, Carlton
Register: Click here


2018 Diabetes Symposium: Diabetes – Top to Toe

When: Friday 4 May 2018, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
More info:
 Click here


Health Promotion Speed Networking

Come and speed network health promotion professional and find out whos working on what in Melbourne western and northern suburbs!

When: Tuesday 8 May 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Dancing Dog Cafe, 42A Albert Street, Footscray, VIC
Register: Click here


Health Translations Major Milestone Event

Health Translations, managed by the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH), provides translations to health professionals and community members. The initiative recently expanded into community service topics and now consists of over 16 000 resources.

CEH has organised an event to celebrate this milestone; an opportunity for participants to learn about best practices for producing translated resources and build relationships with other health and community service organisations.

The event will include guest speakers, case studies and a diverse audience, representing content partners and stakeholders.

When: Tuesday 15 May 2018, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Where: City of Melbourne Bowls Club
Register: Click here


ANROWS 2nd National Research Conference: Action on Evidence

The conference will explore how practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers are acting on evidence to understand, respond to and prevent violence against women and their children.

When: Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 May 2018
Where: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
More info:


Health cares about family violence

Western Health invites everyone to their forum on identifying and responding to Family Violence in health care settings. This year’s theme is Diversity and Intersectionality.

When: Thursday 17 May 2018, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Sunshine Hospital, St Albans
More info: View the program and register here


Presenting on the Standards for Workforce Mutuality at the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) 2018 State Conference

HealthWest Partnership is pleased to announce the first public presentation of the Standards for Workforce Mutuality at the ECCV 2018 State Conference. These Standards bring together guidelines and indicators to assist health and community organisations in making their services and workplaces more reflective of the actual diversity present in the community. These Standards are the first of their kind in the world, bringing together cultural competency, employment pathways, human resources support and consumer consultation.

When: Thursday 17 May 2018, 2:00 – 3:15pm for HealthWest’s presentation. (Conference from 17-18 May)
Where: Ibis Melbourne Hotel, Apartments & Convention Centre, 15 – 21 Therry Street, Melbourne
More info: Go to or register here


Achieving Generational Change – Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women Conference

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria’s primary prevention of violence against women (PVAW) conference will look at the statewide rollout of respectful relationships across Victorian schools and explore how learnings from this can inform the scale up of PVAW initiatives across other settings.

When: Tuesday 29 May 2018
Where: Storey Hall, RMIT University, Swanston Street, Melbourne
More info:


2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

Led by Australia’s medical colleges and professional societies and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, Choosing Wisely Australia is challenging the way we think about health care.

The 2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting will bring together members, key stakeholders and influencers of the Choosing Wisely initiative, now in its third year. It is an opportunity for health professionals, consumers, researchers, funders and policy makers to come together to discuss, engage and network on topics related to reducing unnecessary care.

At the 2018 National Meeting you will:

  • Engage with the Choosing Wisely Australia community and foster the exchange of ideas
  • Hear about practical and implementable examples of projects on Choosing Wisely and their impact to date
  • Learn about the impact of Choosing Wisely Australia

When: Wednesday 30 May 2018
Where: National Convention Centre Canberra
More info: Click here