5 April 2017

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

World Congress on Public Health

The 15th World Congress on Public Health is running throughout this week, and is an exciting opportunity to share ideas, visions and actions on how to strength the global public health effort. HealthWest has multiple presentations scheduled – yesterday, Cuong La spoke about the Working Together with Men Project, and Helen Scudamore presented the Our3021 project Digital Poster. On Wednesday, Kelly Lee Hickey will speak on a comparative of two community partnership approaches.

More info: Read more about the conference here.


Community Participation Practitioners Network meeting

Over 770,000 Victorians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who needs help because of physical or mental illness, disability or because they are an older person with care needs. But how well do we consider the needs of carers while working with community?

Join us at the next network meeting:

  • Network members from Carers Victoria will speak about how to identify, include and support carers in your work.
  • A carer will share their lived experience with the group.
  • Discuss practical tips for your own work.

When: 2-4pm Wednesday 26 April, 2017
Where: HealthWest Partnership, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray
More info: Get more details and register to attend on the HealthWest event page.


Seniors Club Wins

Macedonian and Italian workers from Health West’s Reducing Gambling Frequency Project were showcased in this month’s Inside Gambling Magazine, along with the clubs that stopped attending gambling venues as a result of the project.

More info: Read the article here.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Recommended actions from the Victorian Consultation on Health Literacy

The Victorian Consultation on Health Literacy was held by the Victorian Department of Health in 2014, with a consultation report released shortly after.

A recent paper presents findings that relate to improving health information – How could health information be improved? Recommended actions from the Victorian Consultation on Health Literacy.

More info: Download the paper here.


Using teach-back via an interpreter

North Western Primary Healthcare Network and the Centre for Culture Ethnicity & Health have developed a new resource that looks at ‘teach-back’ and how it can be an effective method for health practitioners when used via an interpreter.

This resource will benefit practitioners as it outlines a straightforward method that can simplify a potentially complex situation in day to day practice.

More info: Access the resource here.


Inner North West PCP health literacy project report

The Inner North West Primary Care Partnership (INW PCP) recently completed a project looking at organisational health literacy responsiveness. The aim of this project was to pilot the Org-HLR Self Assessment Tool with partner organisations across the north and west metropolitan regions.

The project provided an opportunity to contribute to the evidence base on health literacy responsiveness, and to the development of the Org-HLR Self-Assessment Tool that is likely to have national and international reach and utility.

More info: Visit the INW PCP website for more details and to download the project report.


Consumer Health Forum federal budget submission

Consumer Health Forum of Australia (CHF) made a submission for consideration in the 2017-18 federal budget. It details CHF’s priorities for 2017 and requests that funds be dedicated to five key areas; Primary Health Care, Private Health Insurance, Pharmacy, Prevention, and Patient Safety and Participation.

More info: Read the submission here.


Article: Citizen’s juries

Areas of state and local government in Australia are increasingly using deliberative democracy approaches such as citizen’s juries. These approaches are inclusive and use deliberation and consensus to reduce power imbalances and manage conflict between key decision-makers and communities.

This article by Bang The Table weighs up deliberative democracy,’ democracy deficit’ and the radical potential of citizen’s juries.

More info: Read the article here.


Shared Decision Making

The argument that shared decision-making is “the right” thing to do, however laudable, is unlikely to change how healthcare is organised. Practice change is governed by factors such as cost, profit margin, quality, and efficiency.

This paper suggests that a broader conceptualisation and measurement of shared decision-making would be more likely to influence practice change, and sets out to visualise a wider set of possible consequences of shared decision making to inform future research in this space.

More info: Download the paper here.


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Service Integration

Making a more inclusive workplace for people with disabilities

At least 4 million or 1 in 5 Australians report having a disability. Although much progress has been made over the past few decades in making our society more equitable and accessible for people who have a disability, Australia still lags behind the rest of the developed world in providing inclusive and accessible workplaces for people with a disability (ABS, 2012). However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Check out this article from the International Labour Organisation, a specialised agency of the United Nations, to find out how employers can make simple changes to help promote inclusion and accessibility in the workplace.

More info: Read the article here.


The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities

Welcome to Australia is seeking feedback from local councils and community stakeholders on the public draft of The Australian Standards for Welcoming Cities, launched at the Welcoming Cities Symposium on 1 March. The Standard is a central element of the Welcoming Cities network. It aims to enable local councils to benchmark their cultural diversity and inclusion policies and practices, identify where and how further efforts could be directed, and assess progress over time.

More info: Find out more about the Standard and the review process here.


Consultation on the Single Aged Care Quality Framework

A Commonwealth Department of Health is seeking feedback on an options paper regarding the Single Aged Care Quality Framework. This consultation closes on Friday 21 April 2017. The Framework will provide:

  • a single set of aged care standards for all aged care services
  • a streamlined approach for assessing provider performance against quality standards
  • improved information on quality to help consumers to make choices about the care and services they need

 More info: Participate in the webinar on 29 March, 2 – 3.30pm (AEDT) and read more about the consultation here.


Development of Victorian Carers Statement

The Victorian Government is partnering with Carers Victoria to develop the Carers Statement which aims to recognise, acknowledge and respect carer’s contributions to the Victorian community and better support their needs. Carers Victoria will hold focus group sessions and has released an online survey to receive feedback.

More info: Visit the website.


Free online training tool regarding dual diagnosis

Dual Tools is a free online training website which provides training for health and welfare professionals to improve treatment outcomes for person with co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions. This is an Australian Government Department of Health funded project.

More info: Visit dualtools.com.au


National Cultural Respect Framework

The National Cultural Respect Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2016–2026 (the Framework) was recently launched by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. This ten year framework seeks to guide delivery of culturally safe, responsive, and quality health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

 More info: Download the framework.


The Victorian Population Health Survey

The Victorian Population Health Survey is conducted annually to assess the health status of the Victorian population. Information is collected at the state, region and local government levels about the health and wellbeing of adult Victorians 18 years and over. Survey findings are used to inform policy and strategic planning in the department and it is a key source of health information for Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans.

This report examines the prevalence of experiences of racism in Victoria and investigates how these experiences impact on mental and physical health. The findings show that experiencing racism is an important determinant of both mental and physical health, and supports the Victorian Government’s recent values statement – Victorian.

More info: Download  the report here.


Free Alcohol and Other Drugs Workshop – How to support clients from culturally diverse communities experiencing substance use issues

The session will be presented by Odyssey House Victoria, and is supported by a project funded by the North West Melbourne PHN (Primary Health Network). This workshop is designed to help direct practice workers to better support clients experiencing substance use issues. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Commonly used substances and presentations (to help with assessment)
  • General first level interventions
  • Treatment options and referral pathways – screening and assessment processes with a focus on services and pathways that refugees and asylum seekers are eligible for
  • Practice approaches for working with clients from culturally diverse communities experiencing substance use

When: Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – 214-218 Nicholson Street, Footscray (Public car parking at the rear of the building – enter via Albert Street)

More info: For more information or to book your place email: samantha.r@asrc.org.au. This is a free event but please RSVP as spaces are limited.


Settling Better Report, Performing refugee employment and settlement services, Centre for Policy Development (CPD)

Australia’s achievement rests in large part on the effectiveness of its post-arrival settlement program. ‘No country has integrated newcomers as well as we have,’ says former immigration department head John Menadue AO. Australia provides refugees with services to help them overcome past trauma and integrate into the community. It offers hundreds of hours of free English classes and provides immediate access to government benefits and public healthcare. The active engagement of a myriad of community organisations helps refugees to build social connections and find their way in a new society. Over time, these resettled refugees and their children make an enormous contribution to the community and the economy.

More info: Read the report here.


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COTA Victoria 2017 Policy Priorities

In 2016 the Victorian Council of the Ageing undertook an extensive consultation process with older people, asking them to nominate four policy areas requiring urgent attention in 2017. Seniors Victorians identified end of life care and decision making, elder abuse prevention and advocacy, transport and access to service and affordable, appropriate and secure housing as the most important issues, with the organisation calling for action on these, as well as the development of an integrated government ageing policy approach.

More info: Read the statement here.


Give feedback on the CALD and LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategies

The Commonwealth department of health invites you to share your thoughts and feedback on the National Ageing and Aged Care Strategies for:

  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

The department is currently reviewing progress against the Strategies. Your feedback will contribute towards the review and inform the development of a new Aged Care Diversity Framework.

Surveys close at 5.00 pm AEST on 28 April 2017. Submissions close at 5.00 pm AEST on 12 May 2017.

More information:


Factsheets on Gambling and Family Violence

Women’s Health in the North have produced a factsheet and report for service providers on the links between Family Violence and Gambling as part of their project Increasing the Odds of  Safety and Respect.

More info: The discussion paper and factsheet are available on the WHIN website.


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For Your Diary


Language Services Innovation Grants Program

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new Language Services Innovation Grants Program that aims to improve the capacity of public hospitals to provide effective and responsive language services in client service delivery in Victoria. There will also be an information session from 4.00-5.30pm on 15 March 2017 at DHHS Central Office, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

More info: The Expression of Interest form is available here. Submissions from interested Victorian health services should be made by 5pm on Friday 7th April 2017. For more information or to register for the information session please email diversity@dhhs.vic.gov.au.


Carer support and Hepatitis B/C

North Western Melbourne PHN is advertising new funding opportunities, including Expressions of Interest, Request for Quote and Request for Tender applications. Current opportunities include:

  • $50,000 for projects to improve workforce capacity building and/or health literacy in the hepatitis sector.
  • EOI to deliver information sessions to carers regarding physical and mental wellbeing.

More info: Visit the website.




18th International Mental Health Conference

This year’s conference will examine a range of issues from the perspective of Primary Interventions, Promoting Recovery, Preventing Relapse and the latest Policy Initiatives.
The conference is from 21 – 23 August 2017 on the Gold Coast, QLD.

More info: Read more and submit your abstract.



PHC Research Conference – call for abstracts and registrations

Registrations for the Primary Health Care (PHC) Research Conference are now open. Organisers are also seeking original contributions that address key themes across primary health care (PHC) including data and evaluation, quality improvement, PHN initiatives, and clinical challenges in general practice, nursing and allied health.

When: 7-9 August 2017
Where: Pullman Brisbane, King George Square, Brisbane
More info:
Register to attend or read the Call for Abstracts on the PHC website.


Melbourne Metro

Adolescent Family Violence – Family Focused Diversionary Intervention

A forum delivered by Lily Anderson, instigator of Step Up, Seattle, US and Family Intervention & Restorative Program (FIRS).

This practice based workshop covers:

  • Overview of Step Up – how youth diversionary programs gain improved outcomes for families
  • The evidence and rationale behind Step Up – an adolescent/parent model based on restorative practice
  • Learnings from Step Up and the development of FIRS

When: 26 April, 2017
Where: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

More info: Register here.


Applied Gender Analysis Workshop

Learn the practical skills you need to design, deliver and evaluate gender sensitive programs and services. This activity-based workshop is an introductory step-by-step guide to performing a gender analysis in practice.

When: Thursday 4 May, 2017
Where: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne

More info: Visit the website here.




Culturally Competent Practice with Vulnerable Families

VICSEG New Futures is running the Culturally Competence Practice with Vulnerable Families 2-day training course for practitioners working with families, children and young people. Delivered by an experienced lead trainer with guest speakers from diverse cultural, religious and language groups, the course will enhance your personal confidence in responding to the needs of vulnerable families from diverse communities.

When: Tuesday 11 – Wednesday 12 April, 2017
Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne
More info: To register contact Ebony Simon at esimon@vicsegnewfutures.org.au or on 9353 5811. For more information go the VICSEG Futures website.


Victorian Employment Innovation Forum

The Victoria Employment Innovation Forum will bring together key players across the settlement sector, members of government, employment specialists and private enterprise in Melbourne and surrounding regions. The forum will highlight success stories and facilitate the development of new ideas and initiatives to drive improved employment outcomes for refugees and migrants in Victoria.

When: Thursday 20 April, 10.00am – 3.30pm
Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
More info:
Register to attend here. To find out more information go to the Settlement Council of Australia website.


2017 Diabetes Symposium for Health Professionals – Building Your Diabetes Toolbox

There are many and varied ways to support people with diabetes to maintain their health and wellbeing. As health professionals, there are many tools we can draw upon to assist the course of the diabetes journey towards a positive and healthy destination. Understanding the ever-increasing assortment of medications available to choose from and demystifying the variety of approaches to nutrition and food choices is an essential part of diabetes practice. This Symposium will include discussion of some innovative and practical ideas that diabetes health professionals can add to their daily practice toolbox.

When: Friday May 5th, 2017
Where: Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Exhibition Centre

More info: Visit the website here.



Western region

Speed Networking Event in April

The North West Health Promotion Community of Practice is excited to be running a Speed Networking event this April. This well be a relaxed opportunity to network with other project workers in the area and help shape the next Community of Practice event, all over a cup of coffee.

When: Wednesday, 12th April, 3-4.30pm
Where: Dancing Dog Café – 42A Albert St, Footscray VIC 3011
More info:
Please RSVP by 5th April to (03) 8648 1825 or email lgreen@diabetesvic.org.au


Bridges out of poverty

The Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop is designed for community professionals to develop further insights into understanding, working and communicating with individuals from backgrounds of generational disadvantage, and how to work with and optimise outcomes for them. This training is delivered free to professionals working with families and children in Brimbank.

When: 19th and 20th April (8.30am – 4.30pm).
Where: Victoria University Convention Centre, Sunshine
More info:
Register online.



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