23 December 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

Best wishes for the festive season from everyone at HealthWest. We thank you for your support this year, and look forward to working with you again in 2016.

Our office will be closed from Friday 25th December until Monday 4th January, and Welcome to Wednesday will return on Wednesday, 3rd February.


Health Literacy Course Graduates

Health Literacy Course Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of the 2015 Health Literacy Course. Pictured: (L-R) Course facilitator Spase Veljanovski (Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health), and Tracy Aylen, (Royal District Nursing Service – RDNS), Mindy Allott (HeathWest Partnership) and Cath Lancaster (cohealth) with their certificates.

The Health Literacy Development Course is designed to build the capacity of agencies to respond to health literacy at both a client and an organisational level. This is the third year the course has run in the west.

Expressions of interest for next year close on the 4th Jan 2016. Please contact Gail O’Donnell for more information.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Health Literacy Project Consultation Workshop

You are invited to participate in consultations to inform the organisational health literacy responsiveness self-assessment tool.

The INW PCP is currently delivering a project in partnership with Deakin University that focuses on building the health literacy responsiveness of organisations in our catchment.

This consultation workshop is to seek your feedback on the structure and format of the self-assessment tool. We are interested in your views on the factors that will make the tool user-friendly, practical to implement, and ultimately useful for assessing organisational health literacy responsiveness and developing an action plan.

When: Tuesday 19 January 2016, 9.30am-12pm
Where: Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell St, Coburg, Concert Hall East
More info: to RSVP or for more information, please contact to Anita Trezona at anitat@inwpcp.org.au. RSVPs close Friday 15 January 2016


Communicating to Advance the Public’s Health: Workshop Summary

The Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a workshop to discuss some of the science of health communication, audiences and messaging. It also explored what it will take to generate widespread awareness, acceptance and action to improve health, including through the entertainment, news, and social media.

This report summarises the presentations and discussion of the workshop. Download the report here.


The state of play in person-centred care

Person-centred care is perhaps one of the most influential global discussions in modern healthcare. But what does person-centred care really stand for, and why do we need it today?

The Health Policy Partnership (UK) conducted an international environment scan to build an overarching picture of the ‘state of play’ in person-centred care and to assess ongoing research, measurement and implementation in the field. The primary aim of this research was to identify some of the key organisations active in the evolving field of person-centred care and to gain a better understanding of where this global discussion is going.

This research produced the following resources:


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Service Integration

Healthy Ageing Online Network

HAnet (Healthy Ageing online network) is an online interactive network that will enable you to discuss and think about “healthy ageing”, and how you encourage people to achieve it. The network is for health professionals and service providers to work together, share information and resources, and to discuss best practice strategies to support Victorians as they age.

To visit the site, click here.


National dementia website to launch in Victoria

People living with dementia have shared their stories for a website and booklet designed to help others, which will be launched in Melbourne. The Engage, Enable, Empower website and booklet also has information about where to find assistance and advice.

To visit the website, click here.


National Carer Gateway Launched

The new national Carer Gateway service has been launched. It aims to make it easier for carers to access practical information and advice, and to connect with local services. Carers can call 1800 422 737, Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.

For more information, click here.


Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (known as IMHA) is a new program delivering advocacy services across Victoria to consumers of mental health services who are subject to compulsory treatment.

IMHA aims to provide non-legal advocacy that assists people receiving compulsory mental health treatment to understand their rights; and support them to talk to their treating team (or another service) about issues relating to their mental health assessment, treatment and recovery.

Visit the website here.



SmartSafe+ has been developed for women experiencing family violence accessing the legal system. The App collects evidence in a similar way to a diary, but has the extra security and features that smartphones and internet technology can provide.

It allows users to:

  • collect evidence to support intervention order applications, or to report breaches
  • safely save evidence on a ‘Cloud’ account and not on their phone
  • learn more about collecting and documenting evidence of family violence
  • learn more about tech safety
  • access family violence, legal and tech safety resources.

For more information click here.


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Applying a Health Lens to Business Practices, Policies, and Investments: Workshop Summary

This year the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement convened a workshop focused on applying a health lens to the role and potential of businesses in improving economic well-being and community health outcomes. Participants explored what businesses can offer to improve population health, models for how businesses can impact the determinants of health, and developed a platform to discuss how to promote and support health in all business practices, policies, and investments.

This report summarises the presentations and discussions from the workshop. Download the summary report here.


New gender equity resource for community health services

Why gender matters: A guide for community health services, is a resource developed by the Gender Equity for Community Health Services Working Group, in the Preventing Violence Together Partnership. The guide includes a range of strategies, case studies and reflective questions to support community health service staff in taking a gender-responsive approach to their work practice and workplace.

The resource was developed specifically for community health services, guided by consultations and feedback with community health service staff about the challenges and opportunities they face in promoting gender equity.

The guide, and short animated film, are available to download here free of charge.


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Aboriginal Health

The Road Is Made by Walking: Towards a better primary health care system for Australia’s First Peoples

This publication is one of five that report on the work of the Funding, Accountability and Results (FAR) project, all published by the Lowitja Institute in 2015.

The research reported here, in summary form, is a study of reforms in primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory (between 2009 and 2014) and Cape York, Queensland (between 2006 and 2014).

To download the report, click here.

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For Your Diary

Melbourne Metro

HealthConnex Conference 2016

When: Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd March, 2016
Where: The Langham Hotel Melbourne, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank
Who: For clients of Argus, ComCare, Communicare, ConnectingCare, MyCareManager, TCM or health provider directories.
More info: To download the flyer, click here, and to register, click here.


ADMA (Australian Disease Management Association) Evidence-based Primary and Secondary Prevention of Chronic Disease Seminar

When: Friday 11th of March, 2016: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: AMREP Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Rd, Melbourne
More info: To view the list of confirmed presenters and to RSVP, download the registration form here.


Smoking Cessation Forum – High Priority Populations (Save the Date).

The Forum is targeted at health professionals working in primary and community care settings, including General Practitioners, mental health and AOD workers, Practice Nurses, and Aboriginal Health Workers. Further detail around how to register your attendance, along with a programme agenda, will be circulated in due course. Topics will include mental health, aboriginal health, general practice and alcohol and other drugs (AOD).

When: Thursday, 21st April 2016: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Where: Melbourne CBD (venue TBA)


For Community

MIND Australia – Taking Hold

Where: Mind Family and Carers, 97-99 Osborne Street, Williamstown
When: Monday 18th January, 2016: 1.00 – 4.00pm
Who: Care recipients, including new and existing Mind Clients, from Melton, Brimbank, Maribrynong, Hobson’s Bay and Wyndham.
More info: RSVP by Monday 11 January 2016 to Mind Family and Carer Williamstown staff on (03) 9397 2709 or chris.blums@mindaustralia.org.au.



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