2 September 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

Responding to Gestational Diabetes in Braybrook

This report is a follow up to the Responding to Diabetes in Braybrook report which identified gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) as a significant issue for Melbourne’s west, particularly Braybrook.  GDM has severe and lifelong health implications for both mother and child, in pregnancy and beyond.  The report details GDM in the socio-cultural and environmental context of Melbourne’s west, demographic data and cultural case studies, highlights from previous GDM programs and recommendations for acting on GDM in the future.

Read the report here.


Service Coordination Survey 2015

The 2015 Service Coordination Survey collection time is here. Every two years HealthWest supports the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a survey of Service Coordination practice amongst our member agencies. The aim is to support continuous improvement and identify emerging needs amongst member agencies. It is completed by agencies that provide services to clients. The service coordination survey:

  • allows agencies to track their own progress in service coordination practice and to view it in comparison to that of other agencies
  • provides information to PCPs to enable them to focus their efforts to support agencies in their area
  • provides information to the Department about the results of its strategies to support system change in service coordination across Victoria.

In 2013, 17 HealthWest member agencies and 44 programs participated in the survey. Our aim for 2015 is to increase this number to reflect the work and commitment in this area. A summary of Service Coordination Survey 2013 results in the west is available on the HealthWest website.

If your agency would like to take part in this year’s Survey please contact Agnieszka Kleparska, Integration and Evaluation Coordinator on 92489659 or agnieszka.kleparska@healthwest.org.au.


Service Coordination Survey 2015 workshop

HealthWest will also be hosting a Service Coordination Survey Workshop to provide support to all member agencies who are planning to complete the Service Coordination Survey this year.

This workshop will be an opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the Service Coordination Framework and Survey
  • Ask questions regarding completing the Survey in 2015
  • Network with others working in this area

When: Tuesday 15 September 10 – 11.30am
Where: HealthWest, Level 1 37 Albert St, Footscray
Register: on the HealthWest website
More info: download the flier for more details.


Stay safe with your group have fun without gambling

HealthWest and the Victorian Local Governance Association are holding a forum that will focus on gambling related harm particularly for senior CALD communities and promoting alternative activities to gambling.

Leaders from some of the CALD communities Health West partnered with will discuss their experiences of gambling related harm of older members, and some of the activities they have been involved with their communities. The forum is a great opportunity to take part in discussion too and to pick up and share resources.

When: 29 September 9.30-12.30pm
Where: Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel St, North Melbourne
Who should attend: Local government managers of aged care programs and planned activity groups to attend, social planners and recreational arts and culture people! Please register your interest to attend.
More info: see more details and register your attendance by downloading the forum flier.


HealthWest’s Community Engagement in the West network

The next meeting of the Community Engagement in the West network is coming up! If you work in consumer engagement or community participation, come along to share what you’re doing with other workers.

When: Wednesday 16 September 2 – 4pm
Where: HealthWest, Level 1 37 Albert Street, Footscray
More info: RSVP to Mindy on 9248 9658 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au

We are also doing some planning for the future of the Community Engagement in the West Network. To help us plan for the Network, please complete our short online survey.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

NSQHS Standards version 2 consultation

A draft version 2 of the NSQHS Standards has been developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).

The Commission wants to hear from anyone involved in health care during this consultation period, including consumers, health professionals, health service managers, health departments, technical experts and accrediting agencies.

A public consultation is now open and feedback can be provided until 30 October 2015. Have your say by providing written feedback or completing an online survey.

Download the draft Standards and find information about completing the online survey here.


Health literacy MEET-UP

A reminder that the Health Literacy Community of Practice MEET-UP is coming up on Monday 7 September. We will be discussing worldview, culture and health.

See more information, and register to attend on the HealthWest website.


Gippsland guide to becoming a health literate organisation

The Gippsland Primary Care Partnerships have just released the Gippsland Guide to becoming a Health Literate Organisation. The Guide has a Gippsland focus but is useful for organisations across Victoria. It includes best practice tools and resources to support organisations in their journey to becoming more health literate.

Download the Guide and learn more about it by watching this short video.


Consumer engagement forum in Ararat

Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership is holding a Valuing Our Voice Consumer Engagement Forum in Ararat on Wednesday, 21st  October, 2015.

  • Listen: To consumer stories
  • Think: How can we do better?
  • Learn: Best practice examples
  • Share: Projects from across the region
  • Connect: With each other.

Download the flier here.

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Service Integration

Victorian PCP response to House of Reps inquiry into chronic disease revention and management

Victorian PCPs have prepared a submission to inform the Standing Committee on Health about the work in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management that is undertaken by Primary Care Partnerships in Victoria. The submission makes recommendations about areas where further investment could result in improved outcomes for people experiencing or at risk of chronic disease.

Read the submission


Report on recommissioning community mental health support services and alcohol and other drugs treatment services in Victoria

The Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing has undertaken an extensive piece of work looking at the recommissioning process for Mental Health Community Support and Drug Treatment Services. This involved widespread consultation about the recommissioning process.

The report is available here.

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Balancing the health budget: chronic disease investment pays big dividends

Lifestyle-related chronic diseases are now the leading cause of illness, death and disability. Nearly 40% of Australians aged 45 and over have two or more chronic diseases.  The debate about reining in health costs has largely overlooked the economic benefits of implementing policies to reduce chronic diseases. This can be done via education programs to lower risk factors such as smoking and weight gain, and by early detection and treatment programs.  Investment into preventing lifestyle-related chronic disease would be directly beneficial to the Australian economy.

Read the article on The Conversation website.


LeadWest releases 2015-16 work plan

LeadWest is a nonpartisan and not-for-profit, membership-based organisation. Their objective is to foster and undertake actions that will support sustainable growth and development of the region.

You can view LeadWest’s Annual Work Plan for 2015-16 here.

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Aboriginal Health

The role of primary health care services to better meet the needs of Aboriginal Australians transitioning from prison to the community

Aboriginal Australians are more likely than other Australians to cycle in and out of prison on remand or by serving multiple short sentences—a form of serial incarceration and institutionalisation. This cycle contributes to the over-representation of Aboriginal Australians in prison and higher rates of recidivism. Our research examined how primary health care can better meet the health care and social support needs of Aboriginal Australians transitioning from prison to the community.

Read the full report here.


Better cardiac measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people report 2015

This is the first national report on the 21 Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It shows that: the age-standardised death rate due to cardiac conditions for Indigenous people was 1.6 times that for non-Indigenous people; mortality from cardiac conditions for Indigenous Australians decreased by 41% between 1998 and 2012, while access to cardiac care has improved over time.

Read the report here.


Aboriginal childrens day – September school holidays

This Free event includes art and craft activities for the children, Australian native animals, Wayapa Wuurk and lunch is provided

When:  Tuesday 22nd September, 11am – 2pm
Where: Sita Rita Douglas Centre, Vincent Crescent Werribee
More info: Rebecca Monohan: rebecca.monohan@wyndham.vic.gov.au

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For Your Diary


Motor neurone disease (MND) 101

An introductory session on Motor Neurone Disease (MND) suitable for people working in community and health settings. Facilitated by MND Victoria, the training will provide information on MND and its progressive nature, common experiences and challenges faced by people living with MND, and strategies and practical advice on how workers can best assist them.

Where: Webinar – any computer in a quiet place with an internet connection and audio.
When: Wednesday 22nd September, 2015 – 2.00 – 4.30pm
More info: Book here, or for enquiries, please contact Andrea Salmon – phone: 9845 2765 or email: educationvic@ms.org.au.


Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) 11th annual national conference

Count me in: Partnerships in chronic care

Themes include: Population health including Indigenous health, Person-centred care; Shared care; Telehealth and Telemedicine; Models of integrated care; Health and social care integration; Medication Management; Quality of care & Evaluation

Where: Brisbane Convention Centre, Queensland
When: 10 – 11 September, 2015
More info: Download the flier here.


Melbourne Metro

The Nossal Institute for Global Health 11th annual global health forum – Moving goalposts: What difference will the sustainable development goals make to maternal and newborn health?

Where: Kenneth Myer Building – The University of Melbourne
When:  Thursday 29 October 2015, 9.00am – 5.00pm
More info: Click here or contact Bronwyn Bell – phone 8344 9299, or email – ni-info@unimelb.edu.au


Integrated chronic disease management (ICDM) chronic care forum 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services is hosting the Integrated Chronic Disease Management (ICDM) Chronic Care Forum. The Forum will continue to build the capacity of the Victorian health sector to deliver proactive, person centred and integrated care across a range of organisations. This year’s forum will focus on the theme of ‘Evidence Based Practice’.

The forum will provide an opportunity to hear presentations, including:

  • Professor Juliana CN Chan (Director, Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity), International Keynote Speaker from the 2015 Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) Conference, on the challenges and opportunities in implementing integrated diabetes care in Asia
  • Julie White (Manager, Hospital Admission Risk Program, Monash Health), on the outcomes of research to understand the Journey of People with Heart Failure, map system gaps across sectors and care settings, and identify safe quality systems that promote better responses for clients across the care continuum


  • Learn about local experiences in supporting collaboration and integration to improve the quality and coordination of care for people with chronic conditions
  • Build networks, share learning, and identify possible solutions to common issues
  • Engage with subject experts.

When: Monday 14 September 9:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Rooms 1.01 & 1.01, Level 1, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
More info: RSVP by 2pm, Wednesday 9 September online

Connecting health and community care securely

HealthConnex are launching the new version of ConnectingCare secure messaging and referral platform. ConnectingCare has adopted the new interoperable standard, FHIR, to enable providers to dynamically define form requirements and thereby reduce administrative delays.

Join HealthConnex for lunch to learn how ConnectingCare can improve the quality of referrals and provider communication, optimising the client journey through the healthcare system.

When: Thursday 10 September 2015, 11.30am – 2pm
Where: Telstra Customer Insight Centre, Level 1, 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000
More info: click here to visit the HealthConnex website.


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