27 May 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

Farewell to Tanya Sofra…for now

It’s with some sadness that the west farewells Tanya Sofra who is taking extended leave from HealthWest to live and work in Fiji. Tanya will return in early 2016 and we wish her all the best. Tanya’s last day is Tuesday 2 June.

Angieszka Kleparska will return to HealthWest and take over Tanya’s role for the rest of 2015.

Health Literacy MEET-UP

The Health Literacy MEET-UP is taking place this Monday 1 June!

It will be great afternoon with stimulating presentations, discussions and networking around Partnering with Consumers for Better Health Literacy.

More info: register and see who is speaking on our event page.

NWMR Family Violence Project Coordinator

Ilana Jaffe has commenced in the Project Coordinator role for the Identifying and Responding to Family Violence project. The project aims to assist PCP member agencies in the NWMR to provide a more streamlined and coordinated service system response to the diversity of women and children experiencing family violence by:

  • supporting the rollout of the SCTT 2012 single page screener and improving family violence screening practice and initial response
  • developing a resource for PCP member agencies that will assist staff at all levels to identify and respond to family violence and make effective referrals, so the client is seen in the right place, at the right time and clients don’t have to repeat their story.

More info: contact Ilana on 9389 2279 or Ilanaj@inwpcp.org.au.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Health Communication and Participation Survey

The Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group are conducting an online survey about health communication and participation. You are invited to share your thoughts about problems in the area of health communication and participation, who is affected and any solutions to the problems you might like to see tested.

Participation is via an online survey and will take between 5 and 15 minutes. The survey will close on Friday 5 June 2015. If you’d like to participate in another way (e.g. by post, or by phone) please contact Annie Synnot at a.synnot@latrobe.edu.au or 03 9479 1086.

More info: access the survey.

New and Emerging Communities Forum

Learn how to be a leader in your community, lobby and engage with government and talk to other leaders about issues in your community.

When: Thursday 4 June, 1:30-4:30pm
Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Cost: free
More info: visit the website.

Wyndham Environmental Building Blocks Community Leadership Program

Wyndham’s Building Blocks aims to identify and help develop the professional and personal leadership skills of people who are emerging leaders and wish to contribute to a sustainable, environmentally connected Wyndham community.

In a unique and interactive format, participants will learn how to formulate creative strategies, implement change and facilitate the growth and development of high functioning, dynamic and sustainable communities. On completion participants will be equipped with the skills and framework to recognise opportunities, as well as insights into implementing successful community leadership opportunities and developing new environmental initiatives in the Wyndham community.

Units completed will be recognised by those pursuing Certificate III in Community Services Work, Certificate III in Active Volunteering or other VU course.

More info: visit the Wyndham City Council website.

Community Health Improvement Navigator

Have you seen the new Community Health Improvement (CHI) Navigator website? It provides infographics, tools and interventions to help identify and address health needs of communities, using the CHI process. The CHI Navigator website is aimed at people who do Community Health Improvement work within hospitals, public health agencies and other community organisations.

More info: visit the website.

Conducting a health literacy review

The New Zealand Government has recently released a series of resources to assist organisations to conduct a health literacy review.

More info: visit the website.

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Service Integration

My Aged Care updates

The My Aged Care gateway was introduced on 1 July 2013 and consists of the My Aged Care contact centre (1800 200 422) and website. The Department of Social Services (DSS) is hosting a series of webinars regarding changes to the gateway in 2015. Webinars will be promoted and recorded on their website.

Refer to the website to find out more about the new:

  • National Screening and Assessment Form being introduced to ensure nationally consistent and holistic screening and assessment processes in aged care
  • Regional Assessment Service for clients seeking to access Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) service
  • web-based portals for clients, assessors and service providers.

The My Aged Care provider and assessor portals will be available from mid-May 2015. Providers are encouraged to set up their organisation within the portal, familiarise themselves with the portal and ensure the information about the services they provide is accurate before 1 July 2015.

More info: visit the Department of Social Services website.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme update

The Department of Social Services recently released three draft core documents for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme:

  • the draft Commonwealth Support Programme Manual
  • the draft Good Practice Guide to Restorative Care Approaches (incorporating wellness and reablement)
  • a consultation paper on fee arrangements for the CHSP.

Finalised documents are intended to be available before the end of the financial year.

More info: visit the website.

Quality of life and consumer experience measures

Service providers are invited to participate in a focus group about quality of life and consumer experience measures. The intention is to seek input into measures for piloting as part of the National Aged Care Quality Indicator Programme. These measures will be introduced during pilot cycle two which commences July 2015.

More info: contact KPMG on 1800 881 436 or au-fmACQIs@kpmg.com.au. Please reference ‘Quality of Life and Consumer Experience Focus Group’ in your email.

Budget 2015: next big step in aged care and carer support

Measures were announced in the 2015 Federal Budget to give older people direct control of their own aged care funding packages, have access to an independent complaints system and introduce a streamlined approach to home care delivery. From February 2017, funds for older people‘s home care packages will be given directly to consumers rather than service providers.

From 2018, the Home Care Packages Programme and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) will be integrated into a single, integrated community care programme.

The Government has also committed to deliver a National Carer Gateway. This carer resource and information gateway will commence from December 2015 and provide a nationally identifiable place for all carers to go to for information, support and referral to services.

More info: visit the website.

NDSS diabetes booklet

The NDSS has recently developed a booklet that provides information about healthy eating and food choices for older people living with diabetes.

More info: visit the website.

New report: incidence of type 1 diabetes in Australia 2000-2013

This report presents the latest available national data on new cases of type 1 diabetes from Australia’s National (insulin-treated) Diabetes Register. In 2013, there were 2,323 new cases of type 1 diabetes in Australia, equating to 11 cases per 100,000 population. This rate has remained relatively stable between 2000 and 2013.

More info: read the report.

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Victorian Charter of Human Rights review

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights is being reviewed by the state government, and they want your input.

A forum is being held in Werribee to hear your views on:

  • what human rights issues are important to you and your local community
  • is the Charter relevant in your day-to-day life
  • how can state and local governments get better at human rights
  • how could the Charter work better for you and your community
  • how to get Victorians interested in human rights and the Charter?

When: Thursday 21 May, 5.15-7.15pm
Where: Wayaperri House, 106 Duncans Road, Werribee
More info: register online.

Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing Report now available

On 12 December 2013, the Senate referred an inquiry into affordable housing to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 June 2014.

The Inquiry had a wide scope including to examine the role of all levels of government in facilitating affordable home ownership and private rental. The delayed report is now available.

More info: visit the Parliament of Australia website.

Ice community prevention grants available

Community groups in rural and regional Victoria can now apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help combat ice in their local area. The Victorian Government is providing $500,000 to fund grassroots Community Ice Action Groups across regional and rural Victoria.

The funding will allow local community members to come together for the first time to develop local solutions in the fight against ice and for other groups to build on existing successful locally-based responses. A range of activities including forums, production and development of communications, promotion of education opportunities and the evaluation of these initiatives and interventions will be supported.

More info: visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Harms from Point of Sale Alcohol Promotions Report now available

The Victorian Government has released a report that explores harms associated with alcohol point of sale promotions, particularly amongst young people.  The report found that increased point of sale promotions were related to an increase in alcohol purchases.

More info: visit the Department of Justice and Regulation website.

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Aboriginal Health

Family Wellbeing roundtable report

Family Wellbeing (FWB) is an effective social and emotional wellbeing program originally developed and delivered by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The central objective of FWB is to develop people’s skills and capacity to move from a position of disempowerment to empowerment; to empower people with a way to control and change their lives. In March 2014, the Lowitja Institute convened a national roundtable in Adelaide to consider the impact of FWB and opportunities for future development. This report presents recommendations and outcomes from the roundtable.

More info: view the report.

Koorie Kids Playgroup

New playgroup available in the Wyndham Vale area. Transport is provided.

When: every Thursday (during school terms), 12.00-2.00pm
Where: Wyndham Vale Community Learning Centre, 86 Manor Lakes Boulevard, Wyndham Vale
More info: contact the Playgroup Worker on 0409 641 571 or Team Leader Early Years on 03 8388 1891. View the flyer.

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For Your Diary


Information Technology in Aged Care Conference

A call for papers for the 8th Annual Information Technology in Aged Care Conference ‘Living the Age Revolution: IT driving change’. The call for papers closes 29 May 2015.

When: 24-25 November 2015
Where: Gold Coast
More info: visit the website.


Global Communities Coming Together International Conference

Aged and Community Services Australia have won the bid to co-host the IAHSA International Conference in 2015.

When: 31 August-4 September 2015
Where: Perth
More info: visit the website.

Melbourne Metro

Listening to the Consumer Voice Forum

What does healthy dialogue look like in 2015? The Health Issues Centre are running a one-day forum to examine this topic. Health care professionals and health consumers are welcome to attend.

When: Wednesday 24 June 2015, 9am-4pm
Where: Victoria University Conference Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne
More info: visit the website.

LASA Consumer Directed Care Seminar

Leading Aged Services Australia presents a seminar designed and delivered for the industry by the industry, providing comprehensive and practical insights into the principles and practice of CDC.

When: 1 June 2015, 9am-4pm
Where: Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn
More info: visit the website.

Your Shout! Action on Alcohol Conference

Earlybird bookings are now open for the Your Shout! Action on alcohol conference on 23 July in Melbourne.

The one day conference will examine Victoria’s liquor licensing and planning legislation, regulatory frameworks and strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm. The program features a number of keynote speakers including FARE Chief Executive Michael Thorn.

When: Thursday 23 July 2015
Where: Karralyka Centre, Mines Rd, Ringwood East
Cost: $99 (if purchased before 31 May)
More info: visit the Karralyka Centre website.

Local Area

Melton Workshop with Jim Diers

Melton City Council is holding a workshop with Jim Diers – renowned speaker, facilitator, author and advisor. Jim Diers assists associations and agencies to create and sustain engaged, inclusive and powerful communities around the world.

When: Thursday 4 June 2015, 9.30-11.30am
Where: Bridge Road Childrens and Community Centre, 260-266 Bridge Road, Melton South
Cost: free
More info: please RSVP your attendance and any dietary requirements to Dana Praiz at danap@melton.vic.gov.au by 29 May 2015.

Refugee Week launch

The Refugee Council of Australia and Brimbank City Council warmly invite you to the official Victorian launch of Refugee Week 2015. The launch includes keynote speakers, live music, a fashion show and delicious food.

When: Monday 15 June, 9.45am-12noon
Where: VISY Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine
More info: RSVPs are essential, contact 03 9249 4496 or cpevents@brimbank.vic.gov.au. See the invite for more details.

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