4 February 2015

Welcome to HealthWest’s fortnightly newsletter. Read on for the latest in health news, resources, events and more!

News at HealthWest
Health Literacy
Community Partnership and Engagement
Service Integration
Aboriginal Health
For Your Diary


News at HealthWest

HealthWest Partnership Forum

Not long now until our annual HealthWest Partnership Forum! Join us on 18 February from 2.15-4.15pm as we celebrate our achievements in 2014 and announce some exciting initiatives for 2015.

Community Partnership is the theme for this year’s event and our guest speaker is Damian Ferrie, Chief Executive Officer, Inner South Community Health Service.

More info: for more details and to register see our website.

Western Intake Network Group (WING)

There are still places available for our network meeting for Intake and Access and Support Workers from health and community agencies in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Join us on 19 February along with guest speakers Room2Improve, Community Care and Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board.

More info: for more details and to register see our website.

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Health Literacy

Improving Health Literacy Workshop

This full day workshop on Friday 6 March is aimed at health professionals who want to enhance their communication and teaching skills to ensure that every session with a client/patient becomes an opportunity to improve their client’s/patient’s health literacy.

The workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand learning styles and factors that promote successful communication and teaching
  • Develop enhanced techniques for questioning and explaining, to engage clients/patients in thinking beyond the session
  • Increase your confidence in helping clients/patients improve their health literacy.

More info: view the flyer.

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Community Partnership and Engagement

Western Community Network

HealthWest runs the Western Community Network, a register of community members who are interested in building a stronger and better health system for their communities. HealthWest members and local services are welcome to consult and partner with members of the network.

More info: if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the Western Community Network, you can do so on our website. For more information, please contact Mindy Allott on 03 8379 9948 or at mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au.

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Service Integration

Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: Australian Facts

The latest statistics on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease in Australia and trends on hospitalisations for these chronic diseases are detailed in the December 2014 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

More info: read the report.

Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (ACIC)

Each year HealthWest supports the Department of Health to conduct either a Service Coordination Survey or a Chronic Illness Care Practice Survey among our member agencies. The aim is to support continuous improvement and identify emerging needs among member agencies. In 2014, HealthWest assisted seven member agencies to complete the ACIC. The ACIC is a quality improvement tool which assesses the extent to which health care providers are routinely utilising and implementing the elements of Chronic Care Model.

More info: read the report on our website or read more about the ACIC.

Medicare Changes and Chronic Illness

A new study shows that Medicare changes will potentially affect those on low incomes and with chronic illness who are currently most likely to be bulk-billed. Just under 2,500 people were surveyed in this research and approximately 70% were bulk-billed. The research was conducted by the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney.

More info: read the full story.

‘Ageing Well’ Online Course for Consumers

The Chronic Illness Alliance has created a free course designed to provide older adults (aged 50 years or over) with a quick and easy check-up on how they can maintain and improve their health. It provides practical tips and a range of resources for ageing well.

More info: read more about the course.

New e-Publication for Mental Health Professionals

Mind Cafe provides mental health clinicians with an exciting research review service. It is a free e-publication designed to provide the latest in psychiatric and psychological research and opinion. Each month, Australia’s leading psychiatrists, psychologists and GPs will summarise research and opinion to make keeping up-to-date easier.

More info: view the latest edition.

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United Nations Releases 2014 Gender Equity Achievements

The United Nations has released a new infographic charting world-wide achievements to address gender inequities and enshrine women’s rights.

More info: visit the UN Women website.

FARE Releases Predictions for Alcohol Policy in 2015

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has released its predictions for alcohol policy in 2015.  Alcohol experts were asked for their predictions and hopes for action to reduce alcohol related harm in Australia.  Overall, experts are hoping for a uniform approach to addressing binge drinking culture.

More info: visit the FARE website. 

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Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Quality Improvement Framework and Toolkit for Hospital Staff

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne hosts the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Quality Improvement Framework and Toolkit for Hospital Staff (AQIFTHS), an online quality improvement resource created as a result of the national research project Improving the Culture of Hospitals Project completed in 2010 and funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (now Lowitja Institute).

More info: view the resource.

Shifting Gears in Career: Identifying Drivers of Career Development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workers in the Health Sector

This paper explores how the Australian health sector might improve opportunities for career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. It considers the current evidence surrounding career development in the health sector, along with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worker experiences, to develop a usable conceptual framework for change.

More info: view the paper.

Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Prevention in Indigenous Populations

This article systematically reviews 91 smoking cessation and tobacco prevention studies tailored to Indigenous populations around the world, with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in Australia.

More info: read the article.

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For Your Diary


Wyndham City Community Grants

Apply for up to $50,000 to run programs or projects in Wyndham, which will benefit the community in one or more of these categories:

  • Community Strengthening
  • Community Health
  • Environmental Sustainability

Register for a grant writing workshop, running from 10-25 February. Applications close 15 March.

More info: view the Wyndham website.


ADMA Annual Conference – Call for Abstracts

Abstracts can now be submitted for the next Australian Disease Management Association conference to be held 10-11 September 2015 at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Queensland. Themes include: population health, person-centred care, shared care, telehealth and telemedicine, models of integrated care and health and social care integration. Oral presentation abstracts are due by 24 April and poster abstracts by 4 August.

More info: visit the ADMA website.


International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) Conference

‘Broken Structures, Broken Selves: Complex Trauma in the 21st Century’ – the program includes pre-conference workshops, plenary papers and presentations by international and local experts including Richard P Kluft,MD, PhD, Joyanna Silberg, PhD and Bethany Brand, PhD.

When: 27-29 November 2015
Where: Sydney
More info: join the mailing list to be the first to know when registrations open.

International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice

You only have five weeks to register for Lighthouse Institute’s Journey to Recovery Conference 2015. This conference is an exceptional opportunity for mental health practitioners to hear from world-renowned experts in attachment and trauma. Keynote speakers include Dr Judith Lewis Herman M.D (USA), Dr Paul Valent, and Dr Michael Merzenich PhD (USA).

When: 5-6 March 2015
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground
More info: visit the website.

Melbourne Metro

Prevention of Violence Against Women Short Course

VicHealth is holding its regular Prevention of Violence Against Women short course.  This course will equip participants to build environments within organisations and across communities that foster and maintain safe, equal and respectful gender relations.

When: 13-14 April 2015
Where: VicHealth, Ground Floor, 15-31 Pelham St, Carlton
Cost: free
More info: visit the website.

Short Course in Health Program Evaluation

The Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne is running its popular short course in Health Program Evaluation. This course is designed to assist those who are interested or involved in the development of an evaluation plan or framework for programs in public health and the health sector in general. The course is fully catered.

When: 8-10 April 2015
Where: University of Melbourne, Parkville
Cost: $1050
More info: please email the course administrator Joy Yeadon at j.yeadon@unimelb.edu.au.

CEH Evaluation Planning for CALD Community Projects

Good project evaluation tells us more than participation numbers. How can we assess the social impact of CALD health and wellbeing projects with merit and validity, to build the evidence base, inform future directions and ensure on-going improvement? This training provides skills in designing an evaluation plan that makes use of appropriate research methods, data sources and collection tools.  The session is designed for program planning and project staff with some experience in evaluation design.

When: Wednesday 18 February, 9.30am-4.30pm
Where: Centre for Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, 23 Lennox St, Richmond
More info: register online.

Foundation House Training Calendar for 2015

Foundation House has a Professional and Organisational Development Unit which supports individuals and organisations in community, education and health services working with refugees and asylum seekers.  They offer an open calendar of workshops and organisational development tailored specifically to your organisation.

More info: view the 2015 training calendar.

Primary and Secondary Prevention of Chronic Disease Seminar

A range of guest speakers will talk on topics such as personal health tracking technology, FODMAPs, foot disorders and smoke free environments. Register by the 16 March.

When: Friday 20 March 2015
Where: AMREP Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
More info: view the flyer.

HACC Training Calendar

The Chisholm Institute coordinates the state-wide Home and Community Care (HACC) training calendar. See selected dates below in the Melbourne metro region:

  • The Basics of Goal-Directed Care Planning: 3 or 4 March in South Melbourne
  • Provide Support for People Living with Dementia: 16 Feb in Fitzroy or 12 March in South Melbourne
  • Mental Health First Aid: 19 and 26 Feb in South Melbourne
  • Recognise & Respond to Abuse of Vulnerable People: online or 13 April in Broadmeadows
  • Work Effectively with Culturally Diverse Clients and Co-workers: 14 April in South Melbourne.

More info: view the training calendar.

Local Area

Rivers to Recognition Forum

You are invited to a western region forum on Rivers to Recognition – Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: The Proposal, the Campaign and Where to Next.

When: Thursday 12 February 2015, 6-8pm (catering provided)
Where: Maribyrnong City Council, Reception Room, corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray
More info: visit the website or contact Jacki Bacon on 9688 0342 or jacki.bacon@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au.

Burman Women’s Group

New Hope Foundation Burman Women’s group have organised a social group with information sharing and activities for women from Karreni, Chin, Kachin, Burmese and Karen background.

When: the group will meet every Monday starting 9 February 2015
More info: contact Htee Hset Tun, Youth Support Worker  on 03 9974 1700 or hteet@newhope.asn.au or view the flyer.

The Watering Whole

Together Intouch and the New Hope Foundation are running a seven week project, The Watering Whole, for Iranian women who are seeking asylum in Australia. The Watering Whole is a therapeutic group that will focus on rest, restoration and healing. The project will include yoga, restorative practices, creativity and laughter.

When: sessions will be held on Fridays from 9:30-11:30am from 13 February to 27 March
More info: for further details or for registration please call Jackie Molloy at the New Hope Foundation on 9974 1700. If women require childcare this can be arranged, please let Jackie know.

Mental Health Professionals’ Network: Footscray Network Meeting Primary Mental Health Assisted Referral

You are invited to the next Footscray network meeting which focuses on Primary Mental Health Assisted Referral. The guest speaker will be Alex Pleban, Assertive Linkage Service, Sunshine Hospital.

When: Wednesday 25 February 2015, 6:30-8:30pm (light supper provided)
Where: Macedon Ranges and North Western Melbourne Medicare Local, 320 Epsom Rd, Flemington
More info: register online.

Fresh Start Course

The next Fresh Start course is commencing in February for six weeks. If you are thinking about cutting back on your smoking, join this group to make 2015 the year you finally quit!

When: commences 16 February 2015
Where: cohealth, 72 Paisley St, Footscray
More info: view the flyer.

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