25 November 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


Don’t forget to register for the Health Literacy MEET-UP!

Join us for the final MEET-UP of the year! We will be hearing about some great health literacy policy and projects:

  • Lidia Horvat from the Department of Health & Human Services will discuss the development of the Equity in Participation policy framework.
  • The team from the Ophelia and BreastScreen Victoria will talk about their project to increase consumer engagement with breast screening in the North West of Melbourne.

When: Monday 7 December, 1:30 – 4.00pm
Where: Sunshine Convention Centre, Gate 1, 460 Ballarat Rd, Sunshine
More info: Read more about the event and register on HealthWest’s website.


Save the Date – Community Engagement in the West network meeting

The next meeting of the Community Engagement in the West network will be on Wednesday 20 January 2016, 2.00 – 4.00pm. More information will be sent out closer to the date.

For more information on the Network or to be added to the email list, please contact Mindy Allott on (03) 9248 9658 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au.


16 Days Activist Challenge

Today is White Ribbon Day, which marks the start of the Preventing Violence Together (PVT) 16 Days Activist Challenge, which encourages people to take action to eliminate gender-based violence during the international 16 Days of Activism, running from today until 10th December.

By signing up as a 16 Days Activist, you pledge to undertake actions (one or many) to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women over 16 days. There is a list of 16 actions to choose from, or you can add one of your own.

Sign up here.


HealthWest is now on LinkedIn!

Connect with our our new LinkedIn page for health research, news and resources.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Food literacy workshop summary

In September 2015, the US Institute of Medicine Food and Nutrition Board convened a workshop to discuss how communications and marketing impact consumer knowledge, skills, and behaviour around food nutrition, and healthy eating.

For more information download the workshop summary: Food Literacy: How Do Communications and Marketing Impact Consumer Knowledge, Skills, and Behavior?


Article: Can consumers learn to ask three questions to improve shared decision making?

A feasibility study of the ASK (AskShareKnow) Patient–Clinician Communication Model intervention in a primary health-care setting

The study found that most patients who viewed a 4-minute video-clip in the waiting room went on to ask at least 1 of the questions during the consultation. This facilitated patient involvement in the consultation and improved the quality of the information provided.
More info: Read the article (free access) or read more information on AskShareKnow.

Webinar: Increasing community participation online (or making surveys that don’t suck)

Many surveys are too long, contain too much information, bury the call to action or require registration upfront. This webinar looks at common mistakes and how to plan and publish surveys that work.

Watch the Webinar on Youtube


Young LGBTIQ carers… Information for workers online

Do you have the confidence and skills to effectively support young LGBTIQ carers? Carers Victoria have developed a new online resource to help you provide inclusive and appropriate services for young carers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans/gender diverse, queer and/or questioning. This eLearning program was developed with young people and workers across Victoria. It builds on young carer stories and current inclusive practice knowledge to better support you in your work.

Staff and volunteers can complete the eLearning program at their own pace and in their own workplace.

More info: See the attached flier (saved to folder) or visit the Carers Victoria eLearning hub.

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Service Integration

Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016–2020

The Australian Government has developed a new National Diabetes Strategy, to update and prioritise the national response to diabetes across all levels of government. The Strategy was endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) on 2 October 2015, noted by the COAG Health Council on 6 November 2015, and publically released 13 November 2015.

Download the strategy here.


New Active Service Model Recourse for Planned Activity Groups

Across Victoria there are around 279 HACC funded agencies that deliver Planned Activity Groups (PAG). The PAG Making it meaningful: Assessment and care planning guidelines and tools have been written primarily for PAG managers, coordinators and staff who will be conducting assessments and developing care plans.

Development of the guidelines included significant input from experienced PAG providers and key stakeholders. The guidelines describe the practice required for service specific assessment and care planning for PAGs in Victoria. They have been written to reflect an Active Service Model approach and encourage a wellness approach with individual, person centred practice and capacity building in response to each individual and their diverse characteristics.

You can download a copy of the Making it meaningful: Assessment and care planning guidelines and tools resource here.


Victorian HACC Education & Training Service

This provides education and training for the HACC workforce free of charge. HACC volunteers are also eligible to attend courses relevant to their roles free of charge. Courses offered across the State and in a variety of modes including classroom workshops, online and blended delivery of workshop and online. Education & training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation – Chisholm Institute of TAFE on behalf of the Department of Health & Human Services.

More info: For course and enrollment information and to subscribe to the e-newsletter click here.


App combines symptom checker, health info and service finder

Healthdirect Australia has launched a new app for iOS and Android devices that combines the health service finder functionality of the National Health Services Directory (NHSD) with a clinically validated symptom checker and trusted health information sourced from Australia’s leading health organisations. The healthdirect app uses GPS to help users locate their nearest general practice, pharmacist or hospital and also displays latitude and longitude coordinates that can be relayed to triple zero in case of emergency. It also shows users the address of the nearest emergency department.

Click here for more information.


Two trial sites for opt-out PCEHR, trip advisor for My Aged Care

Trials of opt-out models for the PCEHR (Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record) will begin in Far North Queensland and the Nepean/Blue Mountains region of NSW in early 2016 as part of what the federal government says is an attempt to re-set the agenda when it comes to digital health and innovation.

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley told the National Press Club that the government had committed to continuing with the PCEHR – soon to be renamed the My Health Record (MyHR) – and to the My Aged Care website as part of its new policy of delivering a 21st century government that embraces the digital economy.
The two trials will involve around one million people, Ms Ley said. Federal health department officials told a Senate Estimates committee hearing in Canberra last week that it was also still open to innovative models for an opt-in system.

For more information, click here.



Want real health reform? Integrate public and private health into one mandatory insurance system

To make the system sustainable in the long term, our report, released this week by Victoria University’s Australian Health Policy Collaboration, proposes a model that integrates public and private health expenditure into a universal, mandatory health insurance scheme.

Read the report here.


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Support pokie free pubs

Gambling is normalised in our society and is marketed and perceived as entertainment. Gambling venues are carefully designed to attract and keep people within the venue and at their machines.

Gambling is also linked to anxiety, depression, excess alcohol and tobacco usage, and increased suicide risks which are factors that exacerbate problem gambling. These factors also cause negative social and economic outcomes as a result of arguments, relationship breakdown, loss of income, inconsistent work behaviour, and loss of money and property. For more information on the social and economic costs of gambling refer to the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission 2012 Report Community Indicators, Victoria, University of Melbourne.

Gambling not only affects the gambler, but their family, friends, neighbourhood, employer and often society in general; exposure to opportunities to gamble is a huge risk factor.
Support pokie free venues especially this festive season. For more information, click here.


Community Screening Ka-Ching!

As you’re aware, Ka-Ching! aired recently on the ABC. Now it is your turn to organise a Ka-Ching! community screening event or promote an existing event.

Monash, Moreland and Maribyrnong city councils have already got community screening events locked in! You can register your event on our website and purchase the kit from the film producers.

This is the most impactful thing you can do for the next few months. Ka-Ching! was powerful in lounge rooms across the country, but when people come together to see it, it starts a conversation that leads to actions that build deep community support for change.

For more information on how to host an event, click here.


Obese adults’ perceptions of news reporting on obesity

Reporting on obesity as an issue has increased dramatically in the last decade. A qualitative study was undertaken to explore 142 obese individuals’ perceptions of, and responses to, news reporting about obesity. Participants believed that reporting on obesity focused on personal responsibility, blame, and portrayed obese people as “freaks.”

They described being portrayed as “enemies” of society who were rarely given a voice or identity in such news coverage unless they were seen to be succeeding at weight loss. They were also critical of the simplistic coverage of obesity, which was in contrast with their personal experiences of obesity as complex and difficult to address. Participants believed that obesity news reporting added to the discrimination they experienced.

Read the report here.


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Aboriginal Health

Doin ‘it’ right! An Aboriginal sexual and reproductive health resource kit

This resource is produced by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales and provides step by step instructions on appropriate delivery of sexual and reproductive health strategies to young Aboriginal people.
The kit includes interactive activities that cover: sexual and reproductive health, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs), puberty, sexuality, self esteem, high and low risk behaviour, contraception, pressures and expectations, drugs and alcohol, consequences and values and decision making.

Download the resource here.


Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Resources – Three new flip charts

These resources are part of a series of flip charts that aim to improve prostate cancer information and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It was developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and consultants for cultural appropriateness.

Diagnosis, treatment options and challenges – prostate cancer aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men with an overview of prostate specific issues in a culturally safe way.

Know about your prostate – prevention and living well aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men with an overview of prostate specific issues in a culturally safe way.

Support and care – what carers and partners of men with prostate cancer need to know. This support and care flipchart provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with an overview of prostate specific health issues and information relating to the caring role.


Koolin Balit Toolkit Now Live

The Koolin Balit Toolkit is now live on the Inner North West Primary Care Partnership website and can be accessed through the Closing the Health Gap page. The Toolkit provides a catalogue of resources that have been developed by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations from across Australia. It provides a collection of tools that organisations can use to review their own policies and procedures for the purpose of providing better services to the Aboriginal community.

Download the toolkit here.

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For Your Diary


The Power of Strategy and Influence: Leadership in Volunteering

The Power of Strategy and Influence: Leadership in Volunteering Forum is designed to help drive transition within organisations from volunteer management to volunteer leadership, by empowering CEOs and Executives to recognise the value of volunteer programs.
Participants will learn how to communicate at an executive level, how to elevate the profile of volunteering and tips on how to make significant change to the way your volunteer program operates.

When: Thursday 3 December 9.00am – 2.30pm
Where: Deakin Cats Community Centre, Simonds Stadium, Geelong
How much: $50 (volunteer leaders), $25 (volunteers)
More info: Click here to download the flyer.


Western Region

Iramoo Community Centre Community Brunch

Come celebrate International Day of People with Disability and social inclusion. Come check it out. All the family welcome

When: Tuesday 1st December, 9.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Imaroo Community Centre, 84 Honour Ave, Wyndham Vale
More info: Download the flyer here, and for more information, call 8742 3688 or admin@iramoocc.com.au


Join the conversation: The new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital

The Board of Directors of Western Health invite you to join the conversation about the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital being built at Sunshine Hospital.
Find out what the building will look like
Talk to Board Members and Staff about design features of the new Hospital such as access, signage, parking and décor

When: Tuesday 8 December, 5.30 to 7.30pm
Where: Sunshine Hospital
RSVP: Please RSVP by Wed 2 December 2015 to Alison.rule@wh.org.au
More info: Download the flyer here for more information.


Mind Williamstown Group Support Services

Drumming Workshop
Come along and get your groove on with this drumming workshop with Mind: supporting mental health recovery. No experience necessary!

When: Thursday 17 December 1-4pm
Where: Mind Group Support Services South Western, 97-99 Osborne St, Williamstown
More info: Click here to download the flyer.


Expressive Cultural Beats
This three-week workshop looks at the healing qualities of music sourced from different cultural identities in order to develop an appreciation of cultural value.
When: Tuesday 8, 15 and 22 December 1-4pm
Where: Mind Group Support Services South Western, 97-99 Osborne St, Williamstown
More info: For more information and to RSVP, click here for the flyer.


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