4 May 2016

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

Welcome Helen!

HealthWest is delighted to welcome Helen Scudamore to the role of Project Officer on the Our3021 project.  Prior to joining us, Helen worked in community health on a cultural inclusion and a place-based community development project. She has worked in local government and for various other not-for-profit organisations. Helen will be working with community members and partnering organisational representatives to improve individual and neighbourhood health, wellbeing and empowerment in the area.

Welcome to the team, Helen!


Western Intake Network Group (WING) – Supporting people with dementia and cognitive impairment. 

The WING Leadership Group  is proud to announce a forum on supporting people with dementia and cognitive impairment. WING is a network meeting for Intake and Access & Support Workers from health and community agencies in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Guest Speakers will include Stephen MacFarlane (Aged Psychiatrist) and Alzheimer’s Australia. If you would like to be added to the WING distribution list please email Tanya Sofra: tanya.sofra@healthwest.org.au.

When: 19th May, 2016: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Where: Hobsons Bay City Council, Altona
More info: Visit the HealthWest website here.


Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Project

The North West Metropolitan Region (NWMR) PCP Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Project is pleased to release a Client Policy Template which will support members to develop their early identification processes for family violence. The template is designed to provide consistent service responses for mainstream services in the North West Metro Region. The template and project was referenced in the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report in relation innovative responses for mainstream services.

The NWMR PCPs will also be rolling out training for managers in identifying and responding to family violence, as well as the implementation of the template. Sixteen project advisors have contributed advice and feedback on this template, and the thirteen member agencies in the Working Group have been piloting the template in their agencies.  NWMR PCPs have also been providing support to members in the implementation of the template.

More info: Feel free to contact Ilana via email if you are interested in implementing this template in your agency.


Our3021 Community Catch-Up

The Our3021 project had a Community Catch-Up for its grass-roots community project leads at the end of April.

This Community Catch-Up was a part of the support, training and consultation of the Our3021 project, which as provided ‘seed’ funding to community members in a variety of area surrounding health, welling and social inclusion.

Our3021 aims to improve health outcomes for residents by encouraging them to make a positive change in their community. This is a four year project (2013 – 17) involving interaction and partnership between HealthWest Partnership, ISIS Primary Care, cohealth and Brimbank City Council.

More info: Visit the HealthWest website here, the Our3021 Facebook page here or email Helen here.


Victorian State Budget Overview

The Victorian State Budget 2016 has been released – read more here.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Putting the consumer first: Creating a consumer-centred health system for a 21st Century Australia report

Australia’s healthcare system needs to be more transparent and accessible to put consumers at the centre of health decision making, according to a new report.

The George Institute and Consumers Health Forum have issued a joint report: Putting the consumer first: Creating a consumer-centred health system for a 21st Century Australia with eight key recommendations. It includes calls for a range of health data and statistics to be made more widely and publically available to allow consumers to make a choice.

More info: Read the press release and download the report here.


Update on the Patient Information Brochure Initiative from DHHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are providing patient information brochures on specialist medical services in plain language. This initiative was launched in 2014.

More info: Read more about this initiative and the April 2016 update on the DHHS website.


Research review: Improving cultural competence to reduce health disparities

This systematic review examines existing system, clinic, provider, and individual-level interventions to improve culturally appropriate health care for people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations; and racial/ethnic minority populations.

It highlights a number of gaps in understanding and evaluation of cultural competence and health disparities.

More info: Download the full report online.


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Service Integration

Ageing is Everyone’s Business Report

A new report by the Commissioner for Senior Victorians examines the issue of loneliness and isolation of older people, including the role of volunteering in addressing this.

A set of six ‘building blocks’ has been identified as the basis for an integrated approach for action to address social isolation and loneliness among older people from state and local government, funded services, community-based organisations and community members.

More info: Visit the Australian Policy Online website here.


Victorian HACC Education & Training Service

The Victorian HACC Education & Training Service will cease to operate from 30 June 2016. This Service is offering up to 28 courses during April, May and early June with popular courses available until end of June 2016. This completes the 3 year contract with Chisholm Institute of TAFE providing the statewide training service to the HACC program. Currently, the Commonwealth & Victorian governments are considering options for future education & training for funded organisations delivering the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and the under 65 program.

More info: Visit the HACC website here.


Urgent Family Violence Investment Will Help Keep Women And Children Safe

The state government have announced a $572 million statewide funding boost over two years in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, which responds to Royal Commission recommendations that must be done now  – including more housing and crisis refuges, more counsellors, more prevention programs and more support for children who are victims of family violence.

More info: Visit the website here.

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Women and Power: Overcoming Barriers to Leadership and Influence

Tam O’Neil and Pilar Domingo

While increasing the numbers of women in political positions is important, it does not automatically follow that they have real authority or decision-making autonomy. This policy paper synthesises findings from two years of research on women’s voice and leadership in decision-making in developing countries – including evidence reviews and five empirical case studies on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Gaza, Kenya and Malawi.

More info: Read the report here.


Assessing gambling-related harm in Victoria: a public health perspective

This newly released research by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is a world first measurement of the burden of disease caused by gambling. The project used a standard public health methodology endorsed by the World Health Organisation to measure the impact of gambling on quality of life.

More info: Read more on the study here.


Three Sides of the Coin Documentary

This powerful documentary explores the lives of Victorians affected by gambling who have used theatre to generate change in their community. The documentary can be viewed online, and Three Sides of the Coin are available for screenings, performance and discussion at community events. There are also upcoming Creative Gambling workshops running throughout May and June.

Watch the documentary online here.

More info: Contact Judy 9564 6137 or javisar@linkhc.org.au.




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Aboriginal Health

Circle of Security Parenting Parenting Group

A free relationship based parenting group taking place over 8 weeks for parents and carers of birth to 8 year old Aboriginal children

When: Every Tuesday from April 26th – 14th June, 2016
Where: VAHS Family Counselling Services, 238-250, Plenty Road, Preston
More info: Download the flyer here.


NATSISS survey outcomes released on the 28th April 2016

This survey is conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics every six years, analysing a broad range of subject matter including cultural identity, social networks, housing, health, education and employment. The latest survey found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people still faced racial discrimination, violence and high rates of incarceration.

More info: View the user friendly video here.


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For Your Diary


Safe Cities Conference Abstract Submissions Now Open

The Safer Cities Conference, to be held in Melbourne 22-23rd August, places an emphasis on providing knowledge around community safety and resilience through urban design, crime prevention measures, social investment and digital intelligence.

Any authors or organisations that feels that they can add to the value of the conference topics are encouraged to enter a 3000 word paper outlining aims, content and conclusions.

More info: Abstract submission closes on Monday 23rd May, 2016. For more details, visit the website here.


Western Region

Free Ka-Ching Pokie Nation Screening by Brimbank Council

You are invited to a special viewing of ‘Ka-Ching!’ an ABC documentary that exposes the addictive design of poker machines and how they cause harm. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including Carolyn Hirsh, writer, former psychologist and poker machine addict.

Entry is free, including a complimentary Choc Top

When: Wednesday 11 May, 2016: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Village Cinema Sunshine 80 Harvester Road, Sunshine
Bookings are essential: 03 9249 4190 or cpevents@brimbank.vic.gov.au


Community consultation: Maribyrnong City Council Reducing Harm from Gambling Policy

Maribyrnong City Council recognises that whilst gambling is a legal activity, problem gambling causes social and economic harms to individuals, families and communities making it a significant public health issue. Council is therefore committed to prevent and reduce the harm and minimise the negative impacts of gambling to the City of Maribyrnong community.

More info: Provide your feedback on Council’s commitments by completing an online survey here – closing date 17th May, 2016.


Celebrating LGBTI Carers in the West

Free community event – Celebrate LGBTI carers and people caring for LGBTI partners, friends and family members. Learn about inclusive support services.

When: Wednesday 18 May 2016: 6.00 – 8.00pm
Where: Williamstown Town Hall (The Chamber), 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown
How much: This event is free!

More info: Register by Monday 16 May here or call 1800 242 636. More info at Carers Victoria or download the flyer.



Melbourne Metro

Workshop: Talking with Your Child about Alcohol and Drugs

The Australian Drug Foundation is holding a free workshop to help parents talk to their children about alcohol and drugs.

When: Wednesday 11th May, 2016: 6.00 – 8.30pm.
Where: Reception Room, Footscray Town Hall, cnr Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray.
More info:  Click here, or call 9611 6100 or email adf@adf.org.au.


ReSPIN Gambling Awareness Speakers Bureau Training

ReSPIN is seeking people with lived experience of gambling harm for the next round of training as Community Educators. People can be former gamblers or affected others – partners, family members. In the last 12 months, ReSPIN speakers have given 60 presentations at 55 events.

When: It is anticipated that the training will occur in mid-May. Training usually goes over two Saturdays.
More info: Contact Kate Sommerville 9450 2633 or 0433 646 776 or visit the website here.


Three Sides of the Coin Creative Gamble Workshops

Shared storytelling to raise awareness about the impacts of gambling

When: Wednesdays, 1.00 – 4:30pm in May and June, 2016
Where: Community Hub at The Dock, 912 Collins St, Docklands
More info:  Call Judy 9564 6137 or email javisar@linkhc.org.au.


Health Literacy Masterclass

This training explores health literacy at multiple levels: to apply skills to improve client/patient understanding of health information, and embed health literacy in systems, planning, operations and workforce development.

Afternoon concurrent sessions are streamed for clinical, frontline and project staff to improve health literacy in direct practice, and for managers and senior staff to embed organisation-wide strategies.

When: 18 May 2016, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Where: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, 23 Lennox Street, North Richmond
How much: $250, including morning tea, lunch and course materials.
More info: Further details and to register, click here.


Diabetes Inside Out Symposium 2016

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Diabetes Victoria are hosting the annual educational event for diabetes educators, dietitians and diabetes health professionals on Friday 20 May 2016. The keynote speaker will be Professor Stephanie Amiel from King’s College London.

More info: Click here to download the flyer, or to register click here.


Council on the Ageing Seniors Conference 2016

This year’s theme: ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It’ explores ageing and employment.

When: Tuesday 31 May 2016: 9.30am – 2.30pm
Where:  IBIS Melbourne Hotel 15-21 Therry St, Melbourne
More info: Click here for further details and registration.



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