4 March 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

Employment Opportunities: Koolin Balit Projects

We have two employment opportunities currently available. We are seeking people who are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities in Melbourne’s west. The Projects Manager will coordinate a range of Aboriginal health projects across the west. The Project Officer will work with community, health and justice organisations to enhance service coordination for Aboriginal people leaving prison or on court orders.

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. Applications close 5pm, Monday 9 March 2015.

More info: visit our website or contact Tanya Sofra on 8379 9946 or tanya.sofra@healthwest.org.au.

HealthWest Partnership Forum

Over 70 people attended the Partnership Forum on the 18 February 2015 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. The forum’s theme was Community Partnership and Healthwest, in partnership with its members, was excited to launch our ‘Stories of Participation’ video. You can watch the video on the HealthWest website.

The key note speaker, Damian Ferrie, challenged us as health providers to embrace consumer and community participation at an individual, organisational and systems level. He raised the issue that in healthcare the question we often ask is ‘what’s the matter with you?’ rather than ‘what matters to you?’

Many attendees asked for his reference material and he has kindly provided this information:

Other presentations focussed on HealthWest’s activities in the consumer/community participation area, including Our 3021 and consumer input into the mapping of the Prevention System in the West.

Thank you to our members who displayed their organisation’s work in promoting and strengthening community participation in their organisations.

New Contact (Auspice) Agency for HealthWest

HealthWest’s new contact agency from the 1 April 2015 will be Carers Victoria. We will be co-located at their Footscray office at Level 1/37 Albert Street. The team is gearing themselves up for the move prior to Easter and new contact numbers will be made available closer to the time. Emails will remain the same.

We look forward to developing a closer working relationship with Carers Victoria and being within walking distance of many of our members.

National Health Services Directory Widget on the HealthWest Website

The National Health Services Directory (NHSD) widget has been added to the HealthWest website. The NHSD is used by consumers and providers across Victoria and nationally. As the NHSD becomes more widely used it is important that organisations keep their information up-to-date and accessible on the directory. The secure-messaging platform Connecting Care also uses the NHSD database.

Visit our website to find out how to update or add your service or organisation to the directory. To install a widget onto your website, email melanie.smith@healthdirect.org.au.

More info: view the directory on our website.

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Health Literacy

Plain Language Communication Video

Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS) have released a new video about Plain Language Communication. It is designed to help academics communicate their research more effectively, but is useful to anyone trying to talk about a complex subject.

More info: view the video.

Deakin Health Literacy Master Class

Deakin is running a two day intensive masterclass for health professionals, managers and executives, health planners and those active in health promotion and community services.

More info: register online.

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Community Partnership and Engagement

Community Engagement in the West Network

The next Community Engagement in the West network meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 18 March. Justin Burgess from Hobsons Bay City Council will be talking about some significant community consultations that were conducted last year.

More info: contact Mindy Allott, Health Literacy & Community Partnership Program Manager on 8379 9948 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au.

Health Talk Australia

Health Talk Australia conducts qualitative research into people’s experiences of health and illness in order to provide information and support, and help people to make informed decisions.

Topics include ageing, breastfeeding and early childhood, mental health, addiction, and experiences of taking multiple medicines.

More info: see ongoing updates on the Health Talk website.

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Service Integration

Partnerships and Collaborative Advantage in Primary Care Reform

Professional partnerships and collaborations need to be deliberate, planned and based on a logic model and theory of change. With deliberative actions as opposed to ad hoc approaches, partnerships can change the way organisations and individuals work.

Policymakers, researchers and practitioners need only look to Australian best practices, such as The Peninsula Model for Primary Health Planning and the Inner-North Collaborative Framework for models on how to develop effective partnerships and collaborative advantage to accelerate primary care reform.

More info: read the full report.

New Network to Support Access to Pharmacotherapy Established

The North West Metropolitan Pharmacotherapy Network is a partnership between cohealth, Macedon Ranges North Western Melbourne Medicare Local, Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local, Northern Melbourne Medicare Local, South Western Melbourne Medicare Local, HealthWest Partnership, Western Health and Harm Reduction Victoria.

The network has been established to:

  • Support established and new GP pharmacotherapy prescribers via mentoring arrangements, access to addiction medicine specialists available for secondary consultation and support for practice staff
  • Increase the number of GP MATOD prescribers in the North and West particularly in outer metropolitan growth corridors
  • Reduce the treatment’s reliance on a few high-volume GP prescribers.

More info: to find out about the North West Pharmacotherapy Network, contact Peter Muhleisen, Pharmacotherapy Support Clinician on 9362 8100 or peter.muhleisen@cohealth.org.au.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Consultation Paper

The Australian and state and territory governments are working together to develop a new national quality and safeguarding framework for the NDIS. The consultation focuses on issues such as:

  • Building capacity
  • Monitoring and oversight
  • National Disability Insurance Agency provider registration
  • Systems for handling complaints
  • Ensuring staff are safe to work with participants
  • Safeguards for participants who manage their own plans
  • Reducing and eliminating restrictive practices in NDIS funded supports.

You can get involved by making a submission online, joining the discussion in the online forum, completing a questionnaire or attending a public meeting.

More info: visit the website to download the consultation paper and fact sheets and have your say.

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is on 8 March this year and is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. There are a range of events happening across the western suburbs and Melbourne.

More info: visit the International Women’s Day website.

New ABS Gender Indicators

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the latest Gender Indicators.  These indicators provide an insight on how women and men are faring in a number of different areas. The data shows the life expectancy of men is now 80.1 years, the first time male life expectancy has passed 80 years. Women continue to have a longer life expectancy than men, at 84.3 years.

More info: visit the ABS website.

Community Identity Displacement Research Network Seminars

The Community, Identity and Displacement Research Network (CIDRN) is a public intellectual space where research activities are encouraged and promoted. This broad network aims to draw together and foster scholarly investigation of the changing meanings of displacement and identity. It is an intellectual space where new questions about indigeneity, racism, refugees, sense of place, social inclusion, social justice, transnationalism and xenophobia can be raised, debated and discussed.

The Network has a range of seminars and events throughout 2015.

More info: visit the CIDRN website.

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Aboriginal Health

Recommendations for a National CQI Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care: Final Report

This report provides advice to the Commonwealth Department of Health about the relevance and potential shape of a national framework for continuous quality improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care.

More info: view the report.

The Kinship Conundrum: the Impact of Aboriginal Self-Determination on Indigenous Child Protection

This report examines the escalating crisis in Indigenous child welfare and outlines how policies designed to prevent a new Stolen generation risk maintaining the gaps in social outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

More info: view the report.

New Poster to Promote Vaccines for Young People

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Immunisation program has developed a new poster ‘Safety from harm takes a jab in the arm!’ to encourage young people to get vaccinated. Services including youth services, schools and health services who engage with young people are being encouraged to promote vaccination by displaying this poster. It is important that all eligible young people, including those not engaged in school, receive information and have access to these vaccines while they are free.

More info: you can order copies of the free poster from the Department’s website (order code: PH809).

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For Your Diary


Primary Health Care (PHC) Research Conference 2015

The conference offers the opportunity to present and hear about the latest research, debate and share ideas. It is the place to foster alliances among key partners from across the health system. Submissions of abstracts are invited, centred on PHC priorities:

  • Improving access and reducing inequity
  • Better management of chronic conditions
  • Increasing the focus on prevention
  • Improving quality, safety, performance and accountability.

More info: visit the PHCRIS website.

Melbourne Metro

Exhibit at the Ageing in Australia Expo 2015

The Ageing in Australia Expo is on again and bookings to exhibit are now open. The Expo, now in its third year, connects older people and their families to aged care providers and services. The event is targeted to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to ensure equitable information access.

When: Saturday 2 May 2015
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St, Melbourne
More info: visit the website or call 03 8823 7979.

Cultural Competence in Counselling

This workshop draws on a cultural competence framework to improve counselling within diverse communities. The training features discussions on relevant theory around cultural competency tools for counsellors, hands-on activities including a clinical case study and comprehensive resource lists for further learning. The workshop is targeted to counsellors, psychologists, social workers and welfare workers.

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand cultural influences on client worldviews
  • Identify the principles and tools associated with cultural competence
  • Implement strategies to improve services to CALD clients.

When: 18 March 2015, 9.15am – 1.00pm
Where: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, 23 Lennox St, Richmond
Cost: $150 – includes morning tea, lunch and course materials
More info: register online.

Applied Gender Analysis Workshop

Supported by Women’s Health Victoria, the Applied Gender Analysis workshop is an introductory level, one-day, interactive learning opportunity with a focus on practical skills.

The workshop learning objectives are:

  • To increase understanding of the relationships between gender and the social determinants of health
  • To equip professionals with skills in the design, delivery and evaluation of gender sensitive programs and services
  • To increase understanding and confidence in performing a gender analysis.

When: Wednesday 18 March
Where: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St Melbourne
Cost: from $55
More info: visit the Women’s Health Victoria website.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Pain Webinar

Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria webinars are designed to provide participants with clinically-meaningful skills and knowledge to deliver recommended care for people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. An upcoming webinar will focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Pain, with Dr Jacqui Stanford, Psychologist, Director, EmpowerRehab.

When: Tuesday 24 March 2015, 7-8pm
More info: visit the website.

Shaping Inclusive Aged Care Services: Models and Initiatives Seminar

The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing presents an upcoming best practice seminar showcasing examples of culturally inclusive management models and initiatives. Presenters include:

  • Joy Leggo, Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong Inc.
  • Daniella Greenwood, Strategy and Innovation Manager, Arcare Aged Care
  • Elleni Bereded-Samuel, Strategic Development Manager, Australian Unity Retirement Living Services
  • Nicole Hornsby, Manager, Aged Care Program Development, Baptcare
  • Tonina Gucciardo-Masci, Business Development Coordinator, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

When: 13 March 2015, 9am-1pm,
Where: LASA Training Room, Level 11, 600 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Cost: free
More info: register online or call Tonina on 03 8823 7969.

Alcohol and Drugs: LGBTIQ Sensitivity and Cultural Competency Training

Hosted by the Victorian AIDS Council and Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local (INWMML) and funded by the Raymond Hader Clinic, GPs and practice nurses are invited to learn how to better understand and manage the needs of people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities with alcohol and drug issues.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe the drug and alcohol use/issues for LGBTIQ people
  • Understand the importance and use of respectful and appropriate language
  • List LGBTIQ appropriate services for AoD issues
  • Improve the quality of AoD services provided to LGBTIQ people
  • Discuss how to treat and/or manage LGBTIQ consumers with alcohol and drug use issues.

When: Tuesday 28 April, 6.30-9pm
Where: Conference Room, Kaplan House, 369 Royal Parade, Parkville
Cost: free
More info: visit the INWMML website.

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.

Health: the Productivity Agenda

How productive is Australia’s health care system? What opportunities are there to improve service delivery? This seminar will discuss the health and productivity agenda, including improvements in the delivery of primary care and role of technology, data and analytics.

When: 19 March 2015
Where: Sofitel on Collins, 25 Collins St, Melbourne
More info: visit the website.

Local Area

Wyndham Multicultural Fiesta

The Wyndham Multicultural Fiesta is organised by the Events Working Group of the Wyndham Humanitarian Network. This is a free event and everyone is very welcome.

When: Sunday 22 March, 11-4pm
Where: Great Lawn, Werribee Park, Werribee.

Free Cultural Workshop for the Mob in the West

One mob strong community workshop in the west.

When: 7 March 11am – 3pm. Lunch Provided.
Where: Botanica Springs Community Centre, 249 Clarkes Rd, Brookefield (Melton)
More info: for transport please phone Deb Evans 9665 9507.

Oceania Now: Contemporary Arts Festival

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) returns to Footscray Community Arts Centre in April 2015. CPAF is a multidisciplinary showcase of contemporary artists from Pacific diaspora communities in Australia. This year the festival explores Oceania Now: the spiritual, physical, cultural and political dimensions of contemporary Pacific identity today.

The program consists of exhibitions, workshops, and performances spanning art, design, film, dance, spoken word and literature – alongside the CPAF Symposium, and the CPAF Community Day.

When: 9-11 April 2015
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, Moreland St, Footscray
More info: visit the CPAF website.

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