27 October 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

Diabetes Surveys

HealthWest are currently undertaking a project analysing the healthcare pathways for Type 2 Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes.  The project endeavours to find barriers or difficulties in the service environment that hinders optimal diabetes management.  The thoughts, experiences and opinions of Allied Health, General Practitioners and Practice Nurses in Melbourne’s West are crucial to this project.  To have your say please see links below:

If you are an Allied Health Professional please click here to take the survey.

If you are a General Practitioner or a Practice Nurse please click here to take the survey.


HealthWest dropped the Jargon on 20 October

HealthWest staff pledged to Drop the Jargon from all our communications last Tuesday 20 October. We also hosted an afternoon tea that was attended by staff from Carers Victoria, MS and Everyday Independence.

Mindy Allott, Program Manager, Health Literacy & Community Partnership at HealthWest spoke about health literacy and how clear communication in health leads to better health outcomes. Veronica Hughes, Service Development Worker from Carers Victoria spoke briefly about the challenges faced by carers trying to navigate the health system.

Staff collected commonly-used jargon and acronyms in a ‘Jargon Jar’. The combined number of acronyms our staff use is truly overwhelming!

For tips on how to Drop the jargon from your communication, visit the Drop the Jargon website here.



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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Talking diversity – and what does diversity really mean?

ECCV would like to invite you to a roundtable event on diversity and what it really means. As you all know, this is a conversation we need to have and a conversation which may serve as prelude to some serious rethinking on how to engage Victoria’s diverse population.
Our three guest speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and insight and there are as follows:

  • Assunta Morrone – Manager Consumer Partnerships Equity and Diversity (Western Health)
  • Dr Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts – Lecturer Community Health (Victoria University)
  • Sunil Patel – Manager Training, Information and Resource Development (Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria)

When: Tuesday, 10 November 2015 from 10:00am – 12:30pm
Where: ECCV – 150 Palmerston Street Carlton, VIC 3053 AU
More info: To register, click here.


Building Health Literate Organisations Toolkit

Lower Hume PCP have recently released their Building Health Literate Organisations Toolkit. The toolkit was developed to assist agencies make a start towards addressing health literacy throughout their organisations by providing recommended actions and collating the extensive range of resources.

Access the toolkit via the Lower Hume PCP website.



Service Integration

New version of ConnectingCare

ConnectingCare version 6.0 is now live, after it was released Saturday 24th October.

ConnectingCare training documentation has also been updated and by clicking on the support button in the top right hand corner of the ConnectingCare page, you will be directed to additional information.

The help-desk is also available to provide assistance with recent changes. The team can be contacted on 1800 189 387 or connectingcare@healthconnex.com.au.


Western Self-Management Network Meeting – Save the Date: 30th November 2015

The Western Self-Management Network Working Group is proud to announce a forum on working with CALD communities.

This forum will focus on:

  • Engaging the CALD community
  • Effective use of interpreters
  • Resources and information regarding community services and supports

When: Monday 30th November – 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: ISIS Primary Care, 117-129 Warringa Crescent, Hoppers Crossing
More info: Download the flyer here. Full program and registration details available soon!


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Sugary Drinks Summit

Be part of a world first community health movement tackling obesity.

We know that sugary drinks have no nutritional value and over consumption is associated with growing obesity statistics and rising rates of associated chronic diseases. This is why YMCA Victoria, in partnership with Cancer Council Victoria, is urging all Victorian councils to commit to rethink sugary drinks in their communities by removing them from all Local Government funded, managed, and operated facilities and events.

Speakers include Ms Mary-Anne Thomas, the Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Health, and Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) and Alcohol and Obesity Policy at Cancer Council Victoria.

When: Thursday 29 October, 2015 –  7:30 – 9:30am
Where: Cancer Council Victoria, 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
More info: Register here.

Light breakfast included.


Understanding the National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS)

This workshop will inform you on the findings of the NCAS and assist you to use this research in your role in advocacy, media or prevention programming.

The workshop is relevant to the prevention of violence against women sector, community and health more broadly and people working in communications.The workshop will provide an important opportunity for participants to share insight, trade ideas and approaches, and plan your communications activity strategically.

Workshops will be on the following dates:

  • Carlton- Wednesday 28 November
  • Footscray- Wednesdy 4 November
  • Morwell- Wednesday 11 November
  • Geelong- Wednesday 18 November

For more information, and registrations, click here.


Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation

Last week the documentary film Ka-Ching! was aired on the ABC. The film is a in-depth investigation into the poker machine, and what makes them so addictive. They’re rigged, they’re addictive and they’re everywhere. For the first time, the masterminds behind pokie machines reveal how they’re programmed for addiction. Have governments become the biggest addicts of all?

If you missed it, it’s on ABC iview until Thursday, the 19th of November. It’ll leave you moved.


The pokies play you

The Alliance for Gambling Reform launched a campaign for reform last Thursday, two days after Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation went to air. Poker machines have a big impact on our community and we’ll be working to make the case for sensible reforms of the industry.

The poker machines take $12 billion dollars from Australians every year, often from the suburbs that can least afford it. After watching Ka-Ching!, you’ll learn that these machines are designed to mislead people. That’s not a fair go. Everyone should be able to go to their local pub or club without the risk of getting hooked on the poker machines.

The Alliance for Gambling Reform is a collaboration of organisations with a shared concern about the deeply harmful and unfair impacts of gambling. Visit their website here.


Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Guide to Healthy Eating

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guide to healthy eating provides information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the amount and kind of foods that people should be eating for better health and wellbeing. The guide uses a pictorial food chart to show the different food groups, and to outline how much of a certain food group to eat for a healthy diet. The guide also provides information on eating less sugar, less salt, and less saturated fat.

Download the resource here.


Feltmum – Diabetes Australia – Vic

This resource kit provides Aboriginal families with culturally appropriate, evidence based information about diabetes in pregnancy in a visual format which is easy to understand. Each kit includes a: felt baby, wig, uterine artery, set of 21 stick-on prompt cards, set of stick-on discs and keys showing glucose, insulin and pregnancy hormones, key messages booklet, USB stick loaded with an instructional video (also available on YouTube).

Developed by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Diabetes Australia Victoria as an add-on kit to the Feltman resource.

View the resource and training video here.


A Guide to Culturally Aware and Responsive Communication

This document is intended to provide the North West Melbourne Metropolitan Region (NWMM) Primary Care Partnership (PCP) management and staff, and our member agencies, with guidance and understanding regarding the appropriate terminology to use when working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their communities, or when developing written information such as submissions or program information.

Access the resource here.


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For Your Diary


Wyndham City Grants – Closing Soon

Wyndham City is reminding community groups and non-profit organisations that applications for the 2015/16 Community Grants program close at 5pm on 4 November 2015.

Applications are available on Council’s website and can be submitted online. Applications for this year’s grants close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 4 November 2015.

Grants are available in the following categories:

  • Annual Community Environment Grants – $50,000
  • Annual Community Health Grants- $50,000
  • Annual Community Strengthening Grants – $50,000
  • Identity, Inclusion and Connection Grants – $5,000

For more information, click here.


Melbourne Metro

Type 2 diabetes update for health professionals

This seminar provides an update on type 2 diabetes management skills and knowledge to better equip those who care and work with people with diabetes in a variety of health care settings. Suitable for Division 1 and 2 RNs, GPs, dietitians and podiatrists.

When: 18 -19 November 2015 – 9.00am – 4.30pm
Where: Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF), Level 7, Carson Conference Centre, 540 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
More info: Click here for more information, or call 03 9667 1728


Getting Started – an education session for people with type 2 diabetes

Getting Started is a 5 hour group education program for people with type 2 diabetes who are newly diagnosed or have not had diabetes education in the past. Programs are run by our Diabetes Educator and Dietitian, who will provide participants with valuable information to help get them started with their diabetes management. For Diabetes Victoria members this program is free or $15 for non-members. Bookings are essential.

When: Thursday 26 November, 2015 – 9.30am-3.00pm
Where: Diabetes Victoria, 570 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
More info: Click here for more information, or call: 1300 136 588



Local Area

Consumer Directed Care (CDC) – The Next Step

Preparation is the key to success – what matters is action and an ability to adapt to the way that CDC will be rolled out in the future. Unless providers can offer a sustainable service then others will take their place.

This workshop explores the likely direction that CDC will take and the changes that providers will need to make to their services and business models to ensure they can provide a sustainable service.

When: Friday, 30th October 2015 – 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Australian Multicultural Community Services – Suite 111, 44-56 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone
More info: To register click here, or for more information contact Mark Sheldon Stemm on 0458 342 438 or markss@iinet.net.au


Consumer Advisor Conference 2015

In partnership with Consumer Advisors, Health Issues Centre and Mercy Health, the first ever Consumer Advisor Conference is set to take place next month in Melbourne. The conference will include a wide range of presentations from consumers who are working in representative and advisory roles across the health sector. It is suitable for both experienced consumer advisors and people who are interested in learning more about this role.

When: Wednesday, 4 November 2015 9:30am-3.30pm (registrations from 9am)
Where: Flagstaff Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley Street, West Melbourne
Who: For both experienced consumer advisors and people who are interested in learning more about this role.

How much: $70 consumers, $140 staff.
Sponsored places: If you live rurally or are unable to afford the price of the conference you could be eligible for a sponsored place. Email n.barry@healthissuescentre.org.au today to find out more.
More info: Go to the conference website to see the program and register.

Applications for sponsorship close today Wednesday 28 October.


Be a Brother Launch

Be a Brother aimes to reduce alcohol consumption in young African Australian men through a creative social media campaign. Join us for a the screening of three short films made for the campaign, live performances from The Movement, Fablice and Wani Le Frere and refreshments.

When: Tuesday 10th November, 5.00 – 7.30pm
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Road, Footscray
More info: Download the flier here. Please RSVP to geskeva.komba@cohealth.org.au, or for more information, call Liss Gabb on 0457 894 143.


Forum: Victorian Healthcare Experience Survey

Between July 2014 and June 2015, over 48,000 Victorians completed the Victorian Healthcare Experience Survey across four patient categories, in 16 different languages and mostly via pen and paper surveys. At this year’s Victorian Healthcare Experience Survey Forum, the day will cover topics on patient experience stories, how to connect evidence to experiences, ‘how to use your data’ workshops and a whole lot more!

When: Friday 13 November 2015 – 9:30am-4pm
Where: Room 1.10, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Who: For staff working in health-related organisations.
More info: To register, please email your contact details to chloe.brasse@dhhs.vic.gov.au


Building the Blocks of Cultural Competency Toolkit Launch

The Toolkit (an electronic resource) has been developed to support health and human service agencies across Melbourne’s North West to provide high quality, culturally responsive and respectful services to the Aboriginal Community.

When: Wednesday 18th November 12.30pm to 2pm (lunch provided)
Where: Coburg Town Hall – 90 Bell St, Coburg
More info: Please RSVP by Friday 6th November to barbarap@inwpcp.org.au


Workshop: Negotiating between health beliefs

Different health beliefs and understandings of illness influence help-seeking practices and behaviours. This training provides strategies and methods for practitioners to negotiate between health beliefs with culturally and linguistically diverse patients/clients to improve health outcomes.

When: Wednesday 18 November 2015 – 9.15am – 1.00pm
Where: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, 23 Lennox St, Richmond
Who: For health practitioners, counsellors, psychologists, social workers and welfare workers
How much: $150 (includes morning tea, lunch and course materials)
More info: Register on the CEH website.


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