4 October 2017

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

News at HealthWest
Partnership and Collaboration
Access & Equity
For Your Diary

News at HealthWest

First meeting of the Workforce Mutuality Expert Advisory Panel

On Wednesday 11 October, HealthWest will be holding the first meeting of the Workforce Mutuality Expert Advisory Panel. The purpose of this panel is to provide input and guidance for the development of a set of standards that will help HealthWest members increase the diversity of their workforces and provide more culturally responsive services to our community. Four meetings of the panel will be held before the end of the year, and the standards are expected to be launched in 2018.

More info: Read HealthWest’s position statement on workforce mutuality here.


Report Release – Place-based Initiatives in the West: Highlighting Promising Practice

Several place-based projects in Melbourne’s west have collaborated to produce Place-based Initiatives in the West: Highlighting Promising Practice. This report is full of project examples and things to take into consideration if you are planning a place-based project.

Place-based Initiatives in the West includes learnings from: Linking Melton South, Our3021, the Brooklyn and Altona North Community Strengthening project and Revitalising Braybrook. Each project has used a unique approach and worked hard to impact the lives of the people that work, live, learn or play in their area.

More info: You can read the report here.


Carers Week

National Carers Week (October 15 – 21) is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers make. It provides you with a chance to show your appreciation and learn about carers and caring in Australia. You can get involved by saying ‘thank you’ to carers at www.carersweek.com.au. You can also find events in your local area here.


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Partnership and Collaboration

50 Lives 50 Homes

The use of a collective impact model is the key to addressing the complex needs of vulnerable rough sleepers, according to a new study. The new report has examined a West Australian campaign to house rough sleepers and has confirmed that long-term homelessness is associated with high levels of health problems, trauma and disability.

The 50 Lives 50 Homes First Evaluation Report has been produced by the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia. Within its first year, the project housed 42 individuals and eight families.

More info: You can read the full evaluation report or see the infographic here.


The Neighbourhood Project

A pop-up park is proposed for Point Cook as a part of the place-based Neighbourhood Project, which looks to improve local spaces and community engagement.

The Neighbourhood Project is a program that runs in partnership with a number of councils and community initiatives, aimed at creating a replicable model for community-led place-based work.

More info: You can read more about the Neighbourhood Project here.

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Access & Equity

Drop the Jargon on Tuesday 24 October

When we use jargon, it is harder for people to understand what we are saying.

Drop the Jargon Day gives Australian health, community services and local government professionals a chance to drop the jargon and celebrate using plain, effective language at work.

More info: How can you get involved?


Key policies for addressing the social determinants of health and health inequities

The World Health Organisation has released its Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report 52: Key policies for addressing the social determinants of health and health inequities. Evidence indicates that action within four main themes (early child development, fair employment and decent work, social protection, and the living environment) are likely to have the greatest impact on the social determinants of health and health inequities.

The report helps highlight these indicators to reduce health inequities and promotes recommendations and policy guidelines around collective effort to improve health outcomes.

More info: You can read the read here.


New guide: Understanding Family Violence as a workplace issue

The Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) has released a new guide to provide an understanding of family violence, why it is a workplace issue and what can be done to manage it. The guide is solutions based, outlining practical steps organisations can take to address family violence in the workplace. In 2015 VTHC established We Are Union Women (WAUW), a specialist unit who can provide training and assist and support workplaces to develop rights, policies and practices that ensure an effective and responsible approach.

More info: Download the guide here. Also refer to these policy guides on the HealthWest website here.


Family Services Workforce Survey

In 2016, the Centre For Excellence in Child and Family Welfare was commissioned by the Victorian Government to conduct a Family Services Workforce Survey. The survey attracted 618 responses from more than 100 organisations. The results provide valuable insight into the family services workforce and will assist the Victorian Government and the child and family services sector to understand existing strengths and capabilities, and identify skills gaps and areas for development.

More info: Read the full report and snapshot here.


Communicating clearly about medicine

This publication summarises the presentations and discussions from a US workshop that examined communication on medication. Presentations focused on using health literacy principles to address clarity of materials, decision aids, and other supportive tools and technologies regarding risks, benefits, alternatives, and health plan coverage.

More info: Download the free pdf here.


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Natalie Hutchins appointed Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence

Natalie Hutchins has been appointed as the Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence. Ms Hutchins has been an advocate for gender equity, equal pay for women, family violence leave within the Victorian Public Service and is a longstanding member of the Government’s Family Violence Cabinet Committee.

Seven years ago, as a Victoria MP, Ms Hutchins commissioned a report into family violence in Melbourne’s north-western suburbs, where she was based.

More info: You can read the Premier of Victoria media release here.


Treatment Costs, Prevention Saves

The Australian Health Promotion Associations (AHPA) has released a revised infographic explaining why Australia should commit to investing at least six per-cent of the health budget into health promotion and prevention, in line with other OECD countries.

AHPA calls on the major political parties to get serious about promoting health and support the health of all Australians. You can read the AHPA press release here.

More info: click here to download the Infographic.

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For Your Diary


Public Sector Innovation Fund

The Public Sector Innovation Fund is designed to drive new, more effective solutions to complex policy and service delivery challenges in Victoria.

The Innovation Fund is open to applications from any organisation working with or within the Victorian public sector. Projects must involve a state government partner (department, agency or statutory body). Grants ranging from $50,000 – $400,000 for collaborative, small-scale projects that test new approaches to deliver better outcomes for Victorians.

More info: click here


Papers and Conferences

Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2017

The international Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) will be held in Melbourne this year and is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers and researchers.

The conference’s theme of Mobilising for Change – Alcohol policy and the evidence for action builds on earlier conferences’ translation of evidence into action and recognises the increasing momentum around the world to stop harm caused by alcohol.

When: Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th October
Where: Pullman Albert Park Melbourne, Queens Rd
More info: For more information or to register click here.


Australia 2030 – ACOSS National Conference

This year’s ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, will be a two days of conversation with leading thinkers and decision makers as we move towards a more equitable 2030.

Australia 2030 is the event of 2017 for community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia.

When: Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th October
Where: Sofitel Melbourne, Collins St VIC
More info:
Conference website


AIFS 2018 Conference – Call for abstracts

Submit an abstract and join with leading thinkers and change-makers as they explore key questions on what matters most to families in this new century characterised by disruptive social, technological, economic and political change.

More info: Find further details here. Closing date Friday 8 December, 2017




Aboriginal community, cultural awareness and safety training

Combining, personal insight and experiences with policy & program implementation; community development and project development skills and knowledge. Walya Consultancy Aboriginal Culture & Community Awareness is comprehensive, instructive and contributes to quality service delivery. The interactive seminar ensures participants have a better appreciation and understanding of Aboriginal culture and the issues and circumstances affecting Aboriginal people and communities.

When: Dates throughout October to December.
Where: Carers Victoria, Footscray
More info:
See dates and enrolment form here.


The Co-Design Symposium

A skill sharing symposium for the public sector. Come together to explore the value of design and new ways to place people at the centre of policy and services. Through practical sessions, learn how to deploy the best methods that enable us to work swiftly, collaboratively and impactfully.

When: Friday, 13th October, 9.30am – 4.00pm.
Where: Monash University, Caulfield Campus
More info:
For further details, click here.


Housing and Health Seminar and Webinar

This Housing and Health Seminar, to be held at the Kerry Packer Education Centre, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Camperdown, will also be available as a webinar for those who can’t make it in person.

Taking place during Anti-Poverty week, this seminar will consider the critical role housing plays as a social determinant of health, featuring speakers from the NSW Government, NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) and Flourish Australia.

When: Tuesday 17th October, 5.30-7.00pm.
More info:
click here.


Be the change – 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference

This highly respected biennial event brings together a diverse range of voices and expertise with an interest in dementia. From people living with dementia to carers to service providers, we all have an important part to play in shaping the path ahead, at a time of unprecedented change.

When: 17 – 20 October, 2017
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
More info: For further details, and to register, click here.


Applied Gender Analysis Workshop

This workshop is an introductory step-by-step guide to performing a gender analysis in practice. The workshop is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women’s health, community health and local and state government who want to deliver gender equitable programs and services.

When: Thursday 19th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm.
Where: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St Melbourne
More info: Visit Women’s Health Victoria or contact Linden Deathe at training@whv.org.au


Lovely Lady Lump

Lovely Lady Lump is a theatre performance by Lana Schwarcz who is herself a survivor of breast cancer and was treated at the Peter Mac Centre in Sunshine. The show is a high-quality production that tells the story of Lana’s experience with breast cancer in a touching but also hilariously honest way.

When: Sat 21st of October, 7.30pm.
Where: The Bowery Theatre, St Albans
More info: For bookings click here or call (03) 9249 4600


Diabetes in Aged Care

Half day workshop for enrolled nurses and personal care attendants caring for people with diabetes in a variety of residential and support settings. Topics include diabetes and how it is managed, food choices for people with diabetes in residential care and blood glucose monitoring.

When: Tuesday 24th November, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Diabetes Victoria, 51 Leicester Street, Carlton
More info: Visit the website here.


Babies’ Brains Matter – Fathers, Babies, Toddlers & Attachment

Tweddle is hosting the second in the series of their ‘Babies’ Brains Matter’ early parenting seminars with the theme “Supporting Fathers to build strong, secure attachments with their babies and toddlers”.  Come along for the morning and hear specialist practitioners Scott Hall, LeAnn Williams, Dr Kate Taylor and Beverley Allen present ‘fatherhood and attachment’ research, case studies and approaches to practice.

When: Wednesday 25th October, 9.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Tweddle Child and Family Health Service, 53 Adelaide Street, Footscray
More info: Further details and to register, click here.


Mental Health Alliance Service Orientation Forum

This forum is a great opportunity for new and established staff to learn more about the local service system in the South-West area, with presenters from Mental Health Community Support Services, Area Mental Health Services and HealthWest.

When: Wednesday 25th October, 9am – 12pm.
Where: Wyndham City Civic Centre
More info:
See flyer here.


Course in Community Leadership

The Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT) is a three-day course offered by Health Issues Centre for consumer representatives, consumer leaders and staff of health services. This foundational course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work collaboratively and in a range of settings to facilitate and promote consumer engagement with consumers and health service staff.

When: 12, 19 & 26 October
Where: Bourke St, Melbourne
More info:
Read more here.



Innovation for Community Impact

Collaboration for Impact have announced they are convening 100 of Australia’s leading community engagement practitioners for two inspiring and energising days of presentations, provocations and experimentation. Featuring a fantastic line-up of speakers from Australia and the USA, as well as case studies and an intensive one day workshop on deliberative engagement. It is a chance to come together to share our experience and explore the latest tools and approaches to leading authentic and lasting community engagement.

When: 13-14 November
Where: The Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney CBD
More info:
Read more here.


Health Cares about Family Violence Forum

Internationally, Health Cares About Family Violence occurs annually on the second Wednesday of October each year. Western Health are hosting a forum on the theme “Health Equity Responses across the Lifespan”.

When: 8th November, 12-6pm
Where: Western Health Auditorium, Sunshine
More info:
Register here.



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