3 May 2017

Welcome to HealthWest’s monthly 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

HealthWest’s catchment area population up by 22.4% since 2015

Recent figures released by LeadWest have shown that the population of HealthWest’s catchment area in Melbourne’s west – made up of the local government areas of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton and Wyndham – has grown from 609,066 in 2015 to an estimated 745,386 in 2017. This is a rise of 22.4% in just two years, making Melbourne’s west one the fastest growing regions of Australia. With even higher growth expected in the next twenty years, this data is vital for HealthWest strategic planning to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and highly diverse community.

More info: For more information go to the LeadWest website.


Walk With Us Video Resource

The “Walk with Us” Video resource was recently released by Inner North West PCP in partnership with Health West Partnership, North East PCP and Hume Whittlesea PCP. This video was launched at the “Working in Two Worlds” Forum on Thursday 31 March. The video encourages organisations to pro-actively enhance the capacity of their organisation to provide high quality, culturally responsive and respectful services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.  It also focusses on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in mainstream organisations. Management, team leaders, Boards and CEOs are encouraged to view this resource.

More info: To view the video, click here or on the image below.


Western Intake Network Group (WING Forum 11th May

The Western Intake Network Group (WING) provides a forum for workers from intake and access services across a range of health and community sectors in Melbourne’s western region to network, learn, share and work together. The next WING forum is on the 11th May. Gary Ferguson, Community Education Co-ordinator from Seniors Rights Victoria will be presenting on the topic Understanding Power of Attorney. Workers from intake and access services across a range of health and community sectors in Melbourne’s west are welcome to attend.

More info: Register online.


Family Violence Workforce Census – closes this Friday 5 May

Victoria’s first family violence workforce census gives workers the opportunity to have a voice on the key issues affecting them and to shape the 10-year Family Violence Industry Plan. All workers who come across family violence can participate in the census, including staff from health, education, justice and community sectors. 

Questions relate to demographics and occupational data, qualifications, access to professional development, workload, working conditions and remuneration, health and wellbeing and future intentions. The census is voluntary and does not collect any personal identifiers such as name, address or date of birth. It should take around 20 minutes to complete and you have until Friday 5 May 2017 to do so.

More info: Read more and participate here.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership


Have your say: Resources to support the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition)

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is seeking your feedback on the draft resources to support the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (second edition).

The NSQHS Standards (second edition) builds on the health literacy and consumer participation requirements in version one, and will be launched in November 2017 with supporting resources. Your feedback will help ensure that the resources are useful, easy to understand, and that they are applicable to you and your organisation.

More info: To find out more about the resources and the consultation process visit the Commission’s website.


Recommended terms and abbreviations

The revised edition of Recommendations for terminology, abbreviations and symbols used in medicines documentation was released in December 2016. This document sets out principles for safe, clear and consistent terminology for medicines to eliminate the use of ambiguous error-prone terminology and promote patient safety.

More info: Download the recommendations here.


Integrating consumer engagement in health and medical research – an Australian framework

The authors of this Australian research describe how quality practice of consumer engagement is in many ways still in its infancy. They discuss a partnership between the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Health Consumers Alliance and consumers in evidence generation, with details regarding both process and outcomes of the collaboration. They present an evidence-based, best-practice (consumer partnership) practical framework for consumer and community engagement which centres on four key organisational dimensions, including governance, infrastructure, capacity and advocacy.

More info: Download the open access article here.


Unconnected and out-of-sight: identifying health care non-users with unmet needs

When partnering with consumers and community, it’s easy to work with people who are already connected in with our services. But how do we consider the needs of those who aren’t using our service?

This study informs current policy debates and planning, including how we connect with hard-to-reach populations and how this sub-group might be more appropriately included when measuring effectiveness of health policies and programs.

More info: Download the open-access article here.


Consumer involvement in their own healthcare – key to a sustainable national health system

The Secretary of the Federal Department of Health, Martin Bowles recognised the importance of consumer involvement in health and aged care while addressing the Consumer Health Colloquium in March, stating that it will deliver a better and more sustainable Australian health system.

Mr Bowles said there were several streams of reform under way within the health system including hospitals, GPs, Medicare, primary health, PBS, aged care, mental health, workforce and digital health.

“Consumer involvement is fundamental to all of these reviews. There are numerous instances of highly effective consumer consultation which has led to policy development that is innovative, of high quality and responsive to consumer needs.”

More info: Read the full press release here.


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Service Integration


Goverance Toolkit for Ethnic Communities

The Futures Project toolkit provides information and tailor-made resources which works to build the confidence of ethnic and multicultural organisations to actively participate in the not-for-profit sector. This Futures Toolkit provides practical and simple tips around good governance, digital media and women and youth to Victorian multicultural community groups.

More info: Read more here.


Youth mental health report, Youth Survey 2012-16 by Mission Australia in Association with Black Dog Institute

Every year thousands of young Australians aged 15-19 years participate in Mission Australia’s Youth Survey. The survey collects information on a broad range of issues including young people’s values and concerns. It also includes a measure of the levels of psychological distress experienced by young people – the Kessler 6 (K6) – which Mission Australia has now consistently used for the past 5 years. This report presents the findings from Youth Survey data collection from2012-16 on the rates of psychological distress in young Australians, the concerns young people reported which may be associated with high levels of psychological distress and the help seeking behaviour of these young people.

More info: View the 2012 – 16 Youth Mental Health Report here.



National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2017

National Sorry Day is an annual event that marks the anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report, which publicly acknowledged and condemned previous Australian governments’ policies of separating Aboriginal children from their families which resulted in what is now known as the Stolen Generations. National Reconciliation Week runs each year from May 27 until June 3 and celebrates two milestones in Australian history, the 1967 Referendum and the 1992 Mabo Decision respectively. Each year Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week are observed across the country in schools, workplaces and public events.

HealthWest recognises these events as key dates for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and extends our respect to all Indigenous Australians during this period.

More info:

  • To find out more about National Sorry Day, click here.
  • For more information on National Reconciliation Week, go to the Reconciliation Australia website.



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VCGLR Interactive Licensed Venues Map

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation’s (VCGLR) interactive Licensed Venues Map is a dynamic and searchable map that locates gambling and liquor venues across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Using the map’s search and filter tools, users can find venues by street address, suburb or town, venue name, licence number or licence category. Users can also examine venue density by location and venue type and explore the map manually.

More info: View the map here.


Do Harm-Minimisation Tools for electronic gambling work? And for who?

This open source article critically examines the role that features such as pop-ups, limit setting and breaks in play might have in reducing harm from gambling. Electronic delivery of gambling is now widespread, meaning these features are now more easily delivered than in the past. The authors look at whether these tools can make time spent gambling safer, without reducing the number of gamblers

More info: Read the report here.

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For Your Diary


Expressions of Interest Open for Homeless Funding

An invited submission process for Accommodation for the Homeless Phase 2 is now open to registered housing agencies and department funded community service organisations and will close on 15 May 2017. The Victorian Government will invest $109 million into early intervention, person centred responses and wrap around support, and supporting people to sustain long term housing and achieve independence.

More info: Read more here.


EOI to deliver NDIS disability services

The Victorian Government has released an expression of interest for non-government providers for three areas of disability services. The EOI will assist the government in understanding the extent to which services may be able to be delivered by non-government providers and where the government may need to continue to provide services. It will test the strict conditions the government has set for the future of disability services.

More info: Read more here.



Nominations Open For Senior Victorian of The Year

Do you know a colleague, friend or family member who has offered assistance, support and encouragement to others in their community? Or is there an organisation or business that you feel should be recognised for creating age-friendly communities?

Make your nomination today to help acknowledge their hard work and to celebrate their achievements.

More info:
Nominations close on Friday, 23 June. Read more here.


Melbourne Metro

2017 Diabetes Symposium: Building your diabetes toolbox

This symposium will include discussion of some innovative and practical ideas that diabetes health professionals can add to their daily practice toolbox.

When: Friday 5 May: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre
More info:
View the program.


Health Literacy for Clinical and Non-Clinical Staff workshop

Health Issues Centre is offering a half-day workshop on health literacy for health and community services, condition-specific organisations, local government and clinical and non-clinical staff.

When: 11th May, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: Health Issues Centre, Melbourne
More info:
Dr Maria Teresa (Tere) Dawson, on (03) 9664 9340 or t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au


Family violence is a workplace issue

This full day training offered by DVRCV provides guidance and support for workplaces in developing organisational responses to family violence experienced by staff. This training is for HR professionals, managers, workplace equal opportunity contact officers, and any other staff who have a leadership role to play in their workplace responding to family violence.

When: Thursday, 18 May 2017 – 9:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Jasper Hotel, Melbourne
More info:
Register here.


One day Motivational Interviewing: Developing Skills

A one day Motivational Interviewing Developing Skills day for those who want to reconnect with motivational interviewing, refresh practice and extend skills in a practical one day workshop. It is important that participants have completed a 2 day Foundation Skills as there will be minimal lecture and lots of jumping in and getting active.

When: Friday June 30 2017
Where: Ceres Environment Park, East Brunswick
More info: Register here.



Western region

Wellness Dreaming Training

This two day training is aimed at workers from community controlled and mainstream agencies who are invested in the holistic wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in community.

When: Wednesday 17 May AND Tuesday 23 May 2017
Where: Dream Factory, Footscray
More info: Insert flyer attachment and view the video here.


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