3 February 2016

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

Welcome Carl!

HealthWest warmly welcomes Carl Broman to the role of Koolin Balit Project Officer. Carl brings a wide range of skills and experiences to his new role, having worked with Aboriginal communities for around a decade. He has also been involved in projects focussing on employment, training, arts and culture, leadership, mentoring and governance. Carl will be working with our partners to improve access to health and community services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people leaving prison or on community service orders.

Welcome to the team, Carl!


New grant to improve access to mental health services for refugees and asylum seekers

HealthWest, in partnership with the Refugees and Asylum Seekers Mental Health Working Group were recently successful in obtaining a small grant from the North West Melbourne PHN Community Grant Scheme for the Improving access to mental health services for refugees and asylum seekers in the west project. The funds will enable the working group to coordinate a conference and workshops, compile and analyse case studies and implement strategies that support better integration, and service coordination primarily between settlement services and mental health services.


Communications Survey

We’re currently reviewing our online communications and would like to know what kind of resources you’d like to receive, and how. Please take this quick 5-minute survey here to let us know what you think.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Managing volunteers and unpaid workers

Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law have released a short video which discusses how to manage the risks that are associated with volunteers and other unpaid workers.

More info: Watch the video on YouTube or explore other resources and training offered by Not-for-profit Law on Justice Connect’s website.


Article: From riches to riches: the effect of affluent medical students on patients

“If a majority of med students come from privileged backgrounds, how are they to understand their patients who don’t?”

This article in The Conversation explores the relationship between socioeconomic background and differences in values and beliefs, and how this can affect a consumer’s ability to participate in shared decision making.

Read the full article online.


Article: Care transitions, health literacy among leading readmission causes for minorities

Lack of communication about care transitions and limited health literacy are among the primary reasons minority patients are readmitted to the hospital, according to a new US guide.

Read more here.

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Service Integration

NDIS Update 2015

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Independent Advisory Council (IAC) released its 2015 End of Year Update in December. The purpose of the IAC is to provide independent advice on the delivery of the NDIS.

More info: Read the update here.


Mental Wellbeing of Young People

This report identifies five megatrends impacting the mental wellbeing of young Victorians over the coming 20 years. Commissioned by VicHealth and undertaken by CSIRO, it allows a unique opportunity to build young people’s resilience, social connection and mental wellbeing. The report’s findings underpin VicHealth’s Mental Wellbeing Strategy 2015-2019.

More info: Read more on the VicHealth website.


Person-centred care around the world

This directory of person-centred care organisations around the world was produced as part of an international environment scan of the field of person-centred care undertaken by Health Policy Partnership in the UK.

More info: Read more on the Health Foundation website.


HACC in Transition Update

This update provides information and timelines about data collection for Home and Community Care (HACC) and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

More info: Read the update here.  


Diabetes Atlas

The Diabetes Atlas shows an unrelenting increase in the number of people with the disease. The seventh edition looks at the current status of diabetes worldwide and shows a vision of the future by estimating what will happen in 2040 should present growth continue.

More info: View the Atlas here.

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AHPC takes lead on chronic disease control

More than 70 leading health experts contributed to the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) report on Targets and indicators for chronic disease prevention in Australia (PDF, 930 KB).  The report was created to aid governments in tackling the rising chronic disease problem.  The report aims to pinpoint the best ways for Australia to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

More info: Read more on the Victoria University website.


Health in 2016: a cheat sheet on hospitals, Medicare and private health insurance reform

The health care problems in 2016 are similar to ones faced in the past, but slightly different in severity and symptoms. They include population growth, ageing and the rise of chronic disease; inequality in access to care and health outcomes; technological change and rise in health costs.  Three major reviews on private health insurance, primary care, and low-value care are currently underway. Their recommendations, and the government’s response to them, are very much up in the air.

More info: Read the article on The Conversation website.


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Aboriginal Health

Health Performance Framework Report

This report gives the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia are faring according to a range of measures of health status and outcomes, determinants of health and health system performance. Indicators are based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework.

More info: Read more here.


Engaging respectfully with the Aboriginal community and elders resource

The video in this link demonstrates good practice, cultural safety and respect when working with Aboriginal elders in their own homes as part of Home and Community Care – Commonwealth Home Support program.

More info: Watch the video here.


Taking the Stress out of Parenting – Information Session AND Less Stress Parenting Program

Information Session: Taking the Stress out of Parenting

When: Next Thursday, 4th of Febryary 2016, 12.00 – 2.00pm

Where: Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Family Counselling Services, 238 – 250 Plenty Road, Preston

All Aboriginal parents, carers and staff working with Aboriginal families are welcome to attend.

More info: Download the flyer here.


Parenting Program: Less Stress Parenting

For parents/carers of Aboriginal children.

When: Commencing 11th February, 2016, for 5 weeks

Where: Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Family Counselling Services, 238 – 250 Plenty Road, Preston

More info: Download the flyer here.


Call now to register on 9403 3300.

Please share the attached flyers with Aboriginal families and colleagues who may benefit from discussing parenting concerns and strategies in a culturally appropriate and safe space.


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For Your Diary


Victorian Cancer Survivorship Grants Scheme: Phase II

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has announced the opening of Phase II of the grant scheme. Applications are invited from services that have a role in supporting people in transition from active cancer treatment. This includes acute health services and Victorian Primary Health Networks, in strategic partnerships with primary care providers and non-government organisations. The Phase II Grants Scheme includes three grant types

A mandatory information session will be held on 18th February 2016 at Peter McCallum Centre, East Melbourne. Email: Tania.Wohling@dhhs.vic.gov.au

More info: Click here for the full details.



Refugee Health Webinar: On-arrival assessments for kids

Dr Karen Kiang, Paediatric Refugee Health Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital, presents a webinar about on-arrival refugee health assessments for children. A timely event as many of the additional humanitarian entrants from Syria and Iraq will be children.

When: 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm 4 February 2016
More info: To register, click here, or for more details, contact Lauren at 9389 8996 or tyrrelll@foundationhouse.org.au.



Call for abstracts – International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference

The Lowitja Institute is calling for abstracts for the International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 8-10 November 2016. The conference will celebrate, share and strengthen Indigenous knowledges and bring together Indigenous people from around Australia and the world.

Abstracts submissions close 28 March 2016.

More info: For more details and to submit your abstract, click here.


Primary Health Care Research Conference

This conference will present research findings, discuss research methodology and policy issues, and build and maintain essential networks between researchers, practitioners, policy makers and representatives of consumer organisations. Call for abstracts will be announced early in 2016.

When: 8-9 June, 2016
More info: More details will be available here as they become available.



International Dementia Conference

Hosted by Hammond Care, the conference theme is ‘Grand Designs – Are we there yet?’

When: 16-17 June 2016
Where: Sydney
More info: Visit the Hammond Care website here.



Life! Helping you prevent heart disease and diabetes.

The Life! Group course involves a one-on-one introductory session and five group sessions. The course offers you the knowledge, skills and support you need to make lifestyle choices to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Where: ISIS Primary Care St Albans, 1 Andrea St, St Albans
When: commencing 9th February 2016:  5.00 – 7.00pm
More info: Download the flyer here, and for bookings, please contact Mary-Anne or Dung on 9296 1200
Cost: Free


Improving consumer and carer engagement in healthcare

This is a practical day seminar to hear the experiences and share the findings of initiatives designed to improve patient, consumer and carer engagement in healthcare.

When: 29 February, 2016
Where: The Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
How much: $295 early bird registration (until 19 February)
More info: See the seminar program or register to attend.


Health Literacy forum

This is a practical seminar to hear the experiences and share the learnings from innovators working on health literacy programs.

When: 11 March 2016
Where: The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring St, Melbourne
How much: $295 early bird registration (before 3 March)
More info: See the forum program or register to attend.


Evidence-based Primary and Secondary Prevention of Chronic Disease

See presentations and demonstrations from a range of evidence-based preventative programs in this full-day forum.

When: 11th March 2016
Where: The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Melbourne
More info: Download the flyer here.



Melbourne Metro

Chronic Disease Self-Management: With me not for me

All health professionals are welcome to take part in this lively workshop which will focus on a first-person consumer perspective on patient centered care.

When: 24 February, 2016 – 5:45 – 8:15PM
Where: International House, Parkville
More info: For more information and to register, click here.


Diabetes Foundations

Diabetes Foundations provides a strong grounding in essential information about diabetes including pathophysiology, prevention of complications and an overview of management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes including psychological issues.

This interactive program is delivered by expert diabetes practitioners from Diabetes Victoria and is suitable for registered and enrolled nurses, GPs, dietitians, exercise physiologists, pharmacists and podiatrists. Topics covered include: What is diabetes (including type 1 and type 2 diabetes), overview of management, monitoring, hypoglycaemia, complications (prevention), psychological issues & mental health and basic nutrition.

Date:  Thursday 25 February, 2016 – 9am – 4:30pm
Venue: Diabetes Victoria, 51 Leicester Street, Carlton
Cost:  $150
More info: To register for this event, please complete the registration form, available here.

On completion of Diabetes Foundations, you are eligible to attend the Diabetes Extensions program, which covers more complex diabetes management issues.


Social cohesion and diversity forum

The theme for the 2016 Migration Support Programs Practitioners’ Forum is “Advancing Social Cohesion: cultural, linguistic and religious diversity in Australian communities”.

When: 2nd March, 2016
Where: Rydges on Swanston, Carlton
More info: For more information and tickets, click here.


Healthconnex Conference 2016

Technology and connectivity will play a vital role in enabling providers to transform models of care and meet the demands of a consumer centric world. Book your place at the HealthConnex Conference 2016 to learn how your organisation can harness the benefits of a connected health care system.

When: 2 and 3rd March, 2016
Where: Langham Hotel, Melbourne
More info: To download the flyer, click here, and to register, click here.




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