24 June 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
For Your Diary


News at HealthWest

Western Self-Management Network Forum

The Western Self-Management Network Working Group is proud to announce a forum on Depression and Anxiety that will take place on Monday 27 July from 9.30am­-12.30pm at Werribee Mercy Hospital. This forum will focus on bridging the gaps between services by introducing and outlining Western mental health services accessible to patients in our local community and presenting best practice models for self-management of depression and anxiety.

Guest speakers will include NEAMI National, Breakthru, cohealth and a clinician from a tertiary mental health service.

More info: to book, please visit the events page on our website.

Refugee & Asylum Seeker Mental Health Project in the media

The Integrated Mental Health Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers project and the final report have been featured in the latest edition of the Melton Moorabool Star Weekly. The article highlighted the fact that “refugees and asylum seekers are slipping through mental health cracks despite reporting higher than average mental health issues” and presented the main findings from the project report.

More info: read the article.

Our 3021 Summary Evaluation Report now available

The summary evaluation report from the first year of the Our 3021 project is now available.  Based in St Albans, Our 3021 aims to create a community within the St Albans district that is strengthened and activated in the decisions that impact on health and wellbeing, at both the individual and neighbourhood level.

In its first year, Our 3021 saw 150 community members participate in a variety of community actions.  The report provides an overview of the process and action in year 1 and makes recommendations for the project in its second year.

More info: read the report.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Evaluating the Health Literacy Course and Community of Practice

The Evaluation of 2014 Health Literacy Professional Development Initiatives has been completed. This evaluation focussed on the Health Literacy Community of Practice and Development Course, delivered by HealthWest with partners cohealth and the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH). The evaluation describes the immediate outcomes or ‘splash’ of the two initiatives as well as the ongoing ripple effects they have had through the West.

More info: read the Executive Summary and full report.

Online learning Health Literacy course

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) has recently released an online learning course on Health Literacy. ‘Health Literacy – Improving communication and participation in health and health care delivery’ can now be accessed via the APNA online learning website. The Health Literacy module is currently available at no cost. You will need to register for an online learning account when using the website for the first time.

More info: visit the APNA website.

Community representation in hospital decision making: a literature review

This literature review outlines the barriers and enablers involved in community representation in hospital governance and explores how community representation in hospital governance is achieved.

More info: read the article.

Help turn streets into communities

Street by Street is a national project that helps bring neighbours together. Become a Community Connector and be a part of this exciting project!

More info: visit the website to find out more about being a Community Connector or send an email to Irene Opper, Project Manager at irene@streetbystreet.org.au.

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Service Integration

Changes in ConnectingCare

ConnectingCare is a secure messaging and e-referral platform used by a majority of health and community services in the west. The annual ConnectingCare subscription is coming up for renewal. The use of ConnectingCare has previously been subsidised by HealthWest and other Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) but 2014 was the last year in which the PCPs would subsidise the use of ConnectingCare.

In addition, development of a revamped ConnectingCare v6 is underway and is due for release mid-2015. The new version will:

  • Deliver a modern rebranded interface for the home page, directory display and referral screen
  • Provide a more intuitive user experience
  • Have simplified searching capabilities
  • Follow a logical and sequential order for completing an online referral
  • Feature a new ‘Standards-based’ technology for hosting forms templates (FHIR)
  • Include a mechanism for presenting a range of templates for completion by the referrer
  • Include SCTT 2012 templates in the range of forms that can be completed.

ConnectingCare is seeking feedback regarding the new version. You can access the survey here.

More info: if you require any assistance or information please contact ConnectingCare Helpdesk on 1800 189 387 or connectingcare@healthconnex.com.au.

SCTT Tools translated into five community languages

The Single Page Screener (Consumer Administered) that is a part of the Service Coordination Tool Template (SCTT) suite has been translated into five community languages:  Arabic, Greek, Italian, Macedonian and Vietnamese by Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership.

More info: further information about the SCTT Tools is available on the Health Department’s website.

Peer Leaders Online Training

Peer Leaders Online Training (PLOT) is a free course from the Chronic Illness Alliance, designed as a step by step guide to setting up and running a peer support group. It can also be used to build the capacity of an existing group, or to train a new peer leader to take over.

More info: visit the website.

Is your organisation equipped to deal with elder abuse?

Elder Abuse Awareness Day was on 15 June. Is your organisation equipped to deal with elder abuse? Register for a workshop or use the Identifying & Responding to Elder Abuse – Hume Whittlesea PCP Elder Abuse Prevention Toolkit to develop or align with current Elder Abuse Prevention Policy to support staff to respond to suspected cases of elder abuse.

More info: find out more about the workshops and toolkit.

Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record Opt-Out trials

Up to a million people are set to be included in trial sites for the proposed opt-out model of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), with trials set to kick off in July next year and a recommendation on what model works best made to government in 2017.

More info: visit the website.

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New media framework to prevent violence against women

The Victorian Government, in partnership with Domestic Violence Victoria, has released the ‘Working with News and Social Media to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children: A Strategic Framework for Victoria’.

The aim of the guide is to achieve a clear plan for working with media in the area of primary prevention of violence against women and their children (PVAW).

The vision for the framework is that the news media will accurately report men’s violence against women, its causes and be an advocate for prevention and that social media will challenge myths on the causes of men’s violence.

More info: visit the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee website.

Global Drug Survey results released

Global Drug Survey has released the results from its 2014 survey on world-wide drug use.  The survey, which had more than 100,000 people from more than 21 developed countries participate, explored drug use across a range of drug types.

Global Drug Survey has released a variety of analysis resources, such as charts, YouTube clips and reports.

More info: visit the Global Drug Survey website.

Family violence police referral statistics now available

Women’s Health West have released an infographic outlining family violence statistics in the western region for 2014-15.  The data suggests that police referrals have increased over the year, placing pressure on police and community services.

More info: visit the Women’s Health West website.

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For Your Diary


Brimbank Community Grants 2015/16

The Brimbank Community Grants Program is open for applications until Friday 17 July.

The Program provides one-off financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations that deliver services or undertake activities that support and improve the community’s health and wellbeing, life-long learning and build capacity through partnerships and networks.

Applications that focus on these categories will be highly considered:

  • Leadership
  • Family Violence Prevention and Gender Equity
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Healthy and Connected Communities.

More info: visit the Brimbank City Council website.


Call for abstracts: Australasia-Pacific Post-Polio Conference

The first ever Australasia-Pacific Post-Polio Conference, Polio: Life Stage Matters, is to be held in Sydney in September 2016 and will facilitate better care and build international connections by bringing together health care providers, researchers, polio survivors, their caregivers and patient organisation representatives from around the world. Abstracts are due Monday 31 August.

When: 20-22 September 2016
More info: visit the website.


2015 National Men’s Health Gathering

The program for the 2015 Men’s Health Gathering has been released. Encompassing the 8th Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Conference and 11th Australian Men’s Health Conference, the program includes:

  • Family relationships: strategies to respond to intimate partner violence
  • Mental health
  • Fathering
  • How have the health and social challenges for young men changed?
  • Health promotion
  • Sexual health
  • Addressing problem gambling.

When: 20-23 October 2015
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Terrigal, NSW
Cost: from $240
More info: visit the Men’s Health Gathering website.

Melbourne Metro

Outcomes Measures workshops

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) and Social Ventures Australia (SVA) are facilitating outcomes measurement workshops in Melbourne. As social purpose organisations increasingly face significant restraints in funding, now more than ever Australia needs to concentrate on making progress on social outcomes.

This workshop will help participants understand if they are making a difference in their work by assisting them in determining what and how to measure outcomes. Focusing on the expertise of each organisation, SVA will teach participants the basic tools and principles of their Finding the Golden Thread methodology and CSI will assist participants in navigating the impact measurement sector in Australia.

When: 5-6 August 2015
Where: Jasper Hotel, Melbourne
Cost: from $800
More info: visit the Centre for Social Impact website.

Culturally Competent Practice with Vulnerable Families

VICSEG offers bi-monthly training Culturally Competent Practice with Vulnerable Families at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. The next 2-day course runs 15-16 July. This training program is for professionals working with families, children and young people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

When: 15-16 July 2015
Where: Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Level 5, 50 Market Street, Melbourne
More info: view the flyer.

Sleep Well with MS webinar

There are many reasons why a person with multiple sclerosis might experience poor sleep. Led by Dr Simon Frenkel, Sleep Specialist and the MS Occupational Therapy team, this program will give you a greater understanding of the reasons why a person with multiple sclerosis might sleep poorly and provide you with assessment tools and management strategies to implement with your clients.

When: 30 July 2015
More info: contact Andrea Salmon on 03 9845 2765 or educationvic@ms.org.au or book online.

Foundations of Culturally Competent Practice workshop

In our multicultural society, it is fundamental that our workplaces have the ability to provide appropriate access and service to people from a range of cultural backgrounds. This workshop introduces health, community and local government staff to key concepts of migration, diversity and cultural competence.

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify the relationship between culture and health and wellbeing
  • Explain the impact of personal cultural interpretations on service provision
  • Use culturally appropriate strategies when working with people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

When: Wednesday 15 July, 9.30am-1.00pm
Where: 23 Lennox St, Richmond
Cost: $150, includes morning tea, lunch and course materials
More info: register online.

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