4 October 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 Martin

Martin Plowman has been recruited to the role of Access & Equity Officer. Martin has extensive experience in the disability sector and more recently has worked in health promotion and diversity roles at the Cancer Council and Diabetes Victoria. Martin has a PhD in Cultural Studies and has written a published book on UFOs! At HealthWest Martin will be exploring opportunities for system-level interventions to improve access and equity, with a particular focus on diversity in the health and human service workforce and vulnerability. Please forward your enquiries about this role to martin.plowman@healthwest.org.au. Welcome to HealthWest Martin!


Funding announcement: refugee & asylum seeker mental health

HealthWest and research partner the University of Melbourne have received funding to bring together young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds with local service providers to promote mental health and access to mental health services, developing an exemplary model of participation. The Victorian Government recently announced a $10.9 million investment over four years into refugee and asylum seeker health and wellbeing. The majority of this funding was allocated to the north and west metropolitan areas where the majority of new Syrian and Iraqi refugees are anticipated to settle.

More info: View the fact sheet here.


Community participation in committees and working groups

At the upcoming HealthWest Community Participation Practitioners Network meeting, we will discuss how we can effectively include community members in our committees and working groups.

Share and learn from each other’s experiences while hearing from:

  • The Health Issues Centre, who supports consumer voices in healthcare
  • An experienced community participant
  • Local workers who work with community members on committees and working groups.

When: Wednesday 19 October, 2-4pm
Where: HealthWest, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray

More info: Register via the HealthWest website or contact Mindy on mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au or 9248 9658.


Join HealthWest and pledge to Drop the Jargon this October!

Drop the Jargon is a day for workers in Australian health, community services and local government to use plain language.

How can you get involved?

  1. Pledge to Drop the Jargon on Tuesday 27 October by going to dropthejargon.org.au.
  2. Share the website and Drop the Jargon 2016 promo video through your networks and social media using #dropthejargon.
  3. Organise a Drop the Jargon event at your workplace (download printable A3 posters here). (Posters in
  4. Drop the Jargon from all your communication on Tuesday 27 October 2016!

Over 500 people pledged to Drop the Jargon last year, let’s make Drop the Jargon 2016 even bigger!

More info: Read more about using plain language and this campaign at dropthejargon.org.au.


HealthWest Blog

The Healthwest blog is a platform for our members to discuss issues and share their work, including challenges, solutions and reflections.

This month we have a post from Werribee Mercy Hospital about their Health Happy Beginnings program – click here to read the post. 

More info: If you are a HealthWest member, and would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Claire East: claire.east@healthwest.org.au.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Health literacy MEET-UP – save the date!

Responsive health care and health literacy

What does it mean to be a responsive health care provider? How does it relate to health literacy, community participation and cultural competence?

Come along to the next MEET-UP to share, learn and be inspired!

When: Monday 14 November 2016  1.30—4.00m
Where: Sunshine Convention Centre at Victoria University, 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine
More info: Get more info and register on the HealthWest website or contact Mindy on 03 9248 9658 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au.


Consumer co-creation and Primary Health Networks

The Deeble Institute and Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released the evidence brief Consumer co-creation in health: innovating in Primary Health Networks.

“While healthcare consumers continue to be involved as active participants in managing their own health, the focus is now moving to include consumers in value creation in health care planning and delivery.

Primary Health Networks (PHNs), Australia’s newest form of regionally based primary care organisation, have both contractual obligations as well as community expectations that they will systematically incorporate consumer perspectives into their planning and decision making.

This brief synthesises examples from existing theory and practice to provide recommendations about how to best involve healthcare consumers throughout their work.”

More info: Download the full evidence brief here.


Engaging patients and communities in the community health needs assessment process

This resource from the US lays out a process for hospitals to engage community members and patients throughout each step of the community health needs assessment.

More info: Read the guide here.


Spreading change: A guide to enabling the spread of person- and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing

This guide published by UK charity Nesta outlines how behavioural science can help spread the take-up of person- and community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing.

The guide uses the EAST framework to organise ideas and examples – if you want to encourage a behaviour, you should make it Easy, Attractive, Social and Timely. It features a number of low-tech, pragmatic and manageable activities which can increase the spread of person- and community-centred health and wellbeing programmes.

More info: Download the guide here.


Clinical Decision Support: a 25 Year Retrospective and a 25 Year Vision

This article reviews the evolution of clinical decision support over 25 years, and provides a vision of what it might look like over the next 25 years. It uses six dimensions to do this:

  1. Data
  2. Knowledge
  3. Inference
  4. Architecture and technology
  5. Implementation and integration
  6. The evolving end-user.

More info: download the paper here.


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Service Integration

Family violence service directory

The Lookout is a place where Victorian family violence workers and women experiencing violence can come to find information, resources and services aimed at preventing and responding to family violence. It is also for families, friends and neighbours of women experiencing violence, as well as other professionals who support them in the course of their work.

More info: View the directory here.


Review of the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework (CRAF)

The Monash University CRAF Review report that has been published. More than 1,100 people and 127 organisations from all over Victoria contributed to the review. The next phase of the work will be the redevelopment and implementation of the revised CRAF.

More info: Download the report here.


Talking about health and experiences of using health services with people from refugee backgrounds

This project conducted by the Victorian Refugee Health Network consulted 155 people from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum, about health and their experiences of using health services in Victoria.

More info: Read the report here.


Mental Health Workforce strategy launched

In August, the Victorian Government released the mental health workforce strategy to attract, develop and retain the best possible mental health workforce. The strategy also includes initiatives to build the capacity of other workforces to respond to people with mental illness.

More info: View the strategy here.


New legislation supports end of life care

The new Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Bill recognises advance care directives in legislation for the first time in Victoria. This move is overwhelmingly supported by hospitals, health practitioners and professional bodies. The Bill will make it clear and simple for health professionals to know a patient’s medical treatment preferences and respect their end-of-life care choices.

More info: Read more here.


Dementia care and allied health

Through widespread consultation with people with dementia, carers and allied health professionals, the Allies in Dementia project developed resources which provide an overview about the vital role of allied health in supporting people with a dementia.

More info: Read more about the project here.


Improved dementia support through program redesign

Two associations have been selected to deliver a national dementia behaviour management service and a streamlined training program to better support people with dementia and their carers. A consortium led by HammondCare has been selected to deliver the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, while a University of Wollongong-led consortium will lead the Dementia Training Program. The programs will start 1st Oct.

More info: Read more about the program here.


Have you had interface issues with the NDIA?

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is requesting information from services experience interface practice issues with the NDIA. The Victorian Government and the NDIA are currently finalising a National Mainstream Interface Framework. Please feed information to the department through your usual departmental contacts, for example your Program and Service Advisor, your program contact at Central office, or through regular meetings you attend with the department.

More info: Download the information sheet here.


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Centre for Multicultural Youth Launches Inclusivity Guide for Organisations

All organisations, not just those with a specialised focus on migrant, refugee or multicultural communities, have a responsibility to ensure that young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds have access to the services and programs that all young people do.

The Inclusive Organisations Good Practice Guide provides a framework to improve engagement with young people and enhance good practice across services and programs.

The framework includes eight good practice principles and a range of accompanying strategies.

Assisting with building good practice from the ground up, the principles centre around knowing, connecting and working with your community and knowing your organisation.

Download the guide here.


Community and Population Health Profiles

The North Western Melbourne PHN released a Regional Health Needs Assessment Report in September along with Local Government Area Health Snapshots. These resources may be a useful for Municipal Public Health & Wellbeing Planning and Integrated Health Promotion Planning.

More info: These resources are available on the PHN website.


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Aboriginal Health

Boyer Lectures: Sir Michael Marmot urges Australia to invest in early childhood to close Indigenous health gap

If Australia wants to close the gap between the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, the traditional approach of treating disease will not do it, epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot says.

More info: Read the article here.


New Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre interim space playgroup

Come along to playgroup and get involved in cultural activities, connect to community and have a yarn. Lunch will be provided.

When: Tuesdays, 12.00 – 2.00pm
Where: Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre Interim Space at Victoria University (VU) Campus

More info: Download the map here.


Victoria signs over $500m housing stock to Aboriginal organisation

In a landmark move, the Victorian Government is handing over social housing assets worth $500 million to Aboriginal Housing Victoria to own, manage and develop on behalf of the state’s fast-growing Indigenous community.

More info: Read the article here.


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For Your Diary


Social Cohesion Research Grants

These grants will contribute towards the current evidence base and inform the development of innovative policy and practice. The Social Cohesion Research Grants Round 2 is divided into two funding streams – Small Grants and Large Grants.

Small Grants applications close 21 October 2016. Large Grants Expression of Interest (EOI) applications close 7 October 2016.

More info: Read more about the grants here.



MOVE muscle, bone & joint health Osteoarthritis: Translating Research into Practice

When: 7-8pm (AEST), Tuesday 18 October 2016
Audience: Health professionals of various disciplines across the musculoskeletal health and other sectors
More info: For further information and to register, click here. For further information about other webinars in our ‘MSK Health’ webinar series, click here.



Vision 2020 Australia – #snapforsight this World Sight Day

When: October (World Sight Day is Thursday 13th October)
What: Vision 2020 Australia’s #snapforsight is a fun social media initiative encouraging Australians to focus on capturing their moment and raising awareness about the importance of eye health and regular eye examinations.

More info: Visit the Snap for Sight website here.




Victorian Seniors Festival

The 34th Victorian Seniors Festival will see more than 1500 free or low cost events take place across Victoria during the month of October. Celebrations kick off at Federation Square on the 2nd October.

More info: Visit the website here.


MOVE Consumer Forum

Do you have arthritis, osteoporosis or another muscle, bone or joint condition?

MOVE muscle, bone & joint health is conducting consumer forums to determine what you really need to help manage your condition in regards to:

  • Health information
  • Health services
  • Other services including transport, workplace, education etc.

The information we collect during these forums will inform future investment for research, information, education and advocacy for MOVE and more broadly.

More info: For details about dates and locations near you click here.


Melbourne Metro

Through Different Eyes: Person centred care from the consumer perspective

Person centred care is central to the monumental shift that is occurring in the way healthcare is delivered and the role patients play in their care. If you would like to broaden your knowledge and sharpen your skills in person centred care, then this is the right workshop for you!

When: Wednesday 19 October, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Level 8, 255 Bourke Street, Melbourne
How much: $275 (incl GST)

More info: Find further details here, register online or contact the Health Issues Centre on (03) 9664 9343.


12th Annual National Chronic Disease Management Conference

The Australian Disease Management Association presents the national conference on Person Centred Healthcare: Achievements & Challenges.

When: 20th – 21st of October
Where: Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre
More info: Visit the ADMA website here.


Save the date: Integrated Chronic Disease Management Forum

2016 Integrated Chronic Disease Management Forum – Person Centred Care, will build the capacity of the Victorian health sector to deliver proactive person centred and integrated care across a range of organisations. More info to come.

When: Monday 24 October, 9.00 – 1.00pm
Where: 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

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