5 July 2017

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
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News at HealthWest

NAIDOC Week, 2 – 9 July 2017

NAIDOC Week is celebrated annually across Australia every July as a way to acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our community. The theme for NAIDOC Week 2017 is Our Languages Matter. Language is more than just a means of communication. In Indigenous communities across the nation, language plays a central role in forming cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and passing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture on to future generations through spirituality, story and song.

At HealthWest we will be observing NAIDOC Week and the many contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to creating better health for everyone in the community.

More info: For more information on NAIDOC Week and events near you, go to the official NAIDOC Week website.


Health Literacy and Community Partnership Program Report

HealthWest is pleased to share our Health Literacy and Community Partnership program report with you.

Health literacy and community participation were identified as key priorities in HealthWest’s Strategic Plan 2013/17. Indicators of low health literacy are prevalent in Melbourne’s west, and health and community services need to be able to respond to the changing needs of their communities. HealthWest successfully worked at a systems level to increase participation of individuals and communities in decision making at an individual, program and organisational level, with a focus on health literacy and community participation.

More info: Read more about key program activities and outcomes in the report here.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Health Translations Directory updates

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) recenty announced that the Health Translations Directory has received funding to operate until 2021. The Health Translations Directory is a portal for translated information on health and wellbeing that can be used by health professionals and the general public. The funding will cover an expansion to include translated information relating to human services, as well as health.

The Health Complaints Commissioner has also announced that a range of newly translated resources are now available on the Directory, with brochures provided in 26 languages to promote feedback from diverse communities to improve our health system.

More info: Search for translated health information on the Health Translations Directory.

Read more about the information on the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health and the Health Complaints Commissioner websites.


Involvement of consumers in quality and safety processes

A report from the Australian Patient Safety Foundation, commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recommended that consumers should be involved in investigations into serious incidents involving patient safety (known as a Root Cause Analysis or RCA), as well as safety and quality processes and governance committees more broadly. The report noted that the small number of health services that have included consumers on RCA panels reported strongly positive experiences.

Safer Care Victoria responded to recommendations put forward in the report and has committed to: ‘Ensure that the consumer voice is heard in matters of quality and safety by supporting health services to routinely include patient and family/carer experiences, opinions and views in incident investigations when identifying root causes and developing recommendations to prevent future harm.’

More info: Read the full Sentinel Event Research Project final report and the response from Safer Care Victoria on the DHHS website.


The Difference Between Patient Education and Health Literacy

Patient education is the practice of informing patients about their health, wellness, treatment plans, potential outcomes, and other information critical to the patient experience. Health literacy is essentially the end goal to strong patient education. However, because patient education and health literacy are so closely related, their overlapping definitions begin to blend together.

This blog will help healthcare professionals understand the differences between the two and the ways in which these two concepts relate to fully deliver meaningful patient education that drives health literacy.

More info: Read the blog post here.


Health Communication with Immigrants, Refugees, and Migrant Workers

This US workshop was organized to explore the application of health literacy insights to the issues and challenges associated with addressing the health of immigrants, refugees, and migrant workers. Presentations and panel discussions explored issues of access and services for these populations as well as outreach and action.

More info: Download a free pdf of the workshop proceedings here.


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Service Integration

Information Sheet, Humanitarian and Migrant Youth Arrivals to Australia July 2015 – June 2016

This Information Sheet provides an overview of the settlement trends and basic demographic data for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds arriving in Australia between July 2015 and June 2016. It is based on data from the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 provided by the Department of Social Services on the 10 March 2017.

More info: View the information sheet here. 


Article:The NDIS costs are on track, but that doesn’t mean all participants are getting the support they need

It’s been just over a year since the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was rolled out nationally on 1 July 2016. Described as one of the most important changes to the public health system in Australia since the introduction of Medicare, this article in The Conversation looks at how well the NDIS has performed so far in achieving its goals to provide relevant and consumer-driven support to people with a disability.

More info: Read the full article here.


My Aged Care Resources in Other Languages

The Australian Government’s My Aged Care website has new audio and print resources about how to get started with My Aged Care in a range of languages.

More info: Listen to and read the resources online.


Youth Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is the dominant way young people experience homelessness, yet it is largely a hidden problem. Westjustice recently completed the Youth Couchsurfing Project in which they studied 62 cases of youth homelessness through the Couch Surfing Legal Clinic. Preliminary findings explore the characteristics of couchsurfers, couch-providers and the risks and benefits of the couchsurfing relationship.

More info: Read the preliminary findings and recommendations here.


Linking Melton South Pop-up Services Hub

Linking Melton South has been successfully co-locating of services at Melton South Community Centre over the last 18 months in partnership with over 20 service organisations. The Linking Melton South Pop-up Services Hub has received over 600 contacts from community members in an 18 month period. They are seeking additional service organisations and service providers to participate next term.

More info: Read the Expression of Interest, Report and Flyer. 


Relaunch of The Lookout family violence website

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, in partnership with Domestic Violence Victoria, have redeveloped The Lookout website to meet the growing demands on workers responding to family violence. The new site includes tailored information and resources to support the best practice of a range of professionals who may encounter family violence as part of their work, including health professionals and community sector workers. Improved navigation and intuitive design make it easy to find what you need quickly and easily.

More info: Please provide any feedback and/or suggestions for new resources to Elissa Hill at ehill@dvrcv.org.au.


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Elder abuse – a national legal response report

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has launched n new report – Elder abuse – a national legal response: final report on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June 2017). The ALRC was asked to consider Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks and how they might better protect older persons from misuse or abuse, and safeguard their autonomy. This report includes 43 recommendations for law reform.

More info: Read the report here.


Engaging Men on Gender Equality

Diversity Council Australia have released a new report: Men Make a Difference: Engaging Men on Gender Equality. Drawing on latest experience and evidence, this report offers a set of recommendations for how organisations can effectively engage men to achieve gender equality at work.

More info: Read more here.


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For Your Diary


Health Condition Support Grants

The Health Condition Support Grants program is designed to assist small health condition specific peer-led support groups with administrative costs relating to the support of people with a chronic illness. The grants are for up to $5,000 per annum for a two year period only and are not recurrent. Small peer-led support groups with a statewide, regional or local focus are encouraged to apply. Applications close on Friday 14 July 2017.

More info: Read the guidelines and application form here.



World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day presents an opportunity to join together and raise the profile on the public health agenda. In Melbourne the International Coalition for the Elimination of Hepatitis B (ICE-HBV) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity are organising a World Hepatitis Day symposium called From Vaccine to Cure: The Road to Viral Hepatitis Elimination. Come along to find out more about viral hepatitis and how you can help in the fight to stop it for good.

When: Friday 28 July, 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Where: The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, 792 Elizabeth Street Melbourne
More info:
Go to the ICE-HBV website.


Australian Regional Development Conference

The 4th Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC) will be held at Coffs Harbour from Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 September 2017. This conference will focus on issues surrounding economy, planning, environment and community development, as well as discussion around how regional and remote communities can collaborate.

When: 11th and 12th September 2017
Where:  Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort 
More info:
Go to the ARDC website


Future Care Summit

FutureCare 2017 will explore topics such as future funding and financing of the sector; embracing new sustainable models of care; understanding the attitudes and expectations and needs of the next generation of clients.

When: 13th July 2017
Where: Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney
More info:
Register online.



Victorian Active Ageing Partnership Research and Practice Forum

The VAAP Research and Practice Forum aims to provide attendees with increased knowledge and awareness of the factors influencing older people’s engagement in physical activity; strategies to increase and improve their physical activity opportunities for older people and a chance to meet other service providers involved/interested in the provision of physical activity opportunities for older people.

When: 9.00am – 4.00pm, Thursday 24th August
Where: Rydges, Melbourne
More info:
Register online.

Melbourne Metro

Strengthening Workplace Diversity Workshop

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) will be running a “Strengthening Workplace Diversity” workshop in July. Health and community organisations with a workforce reflective of the community they serve can better meet the needs of that community. CEH trainers will explain key concepts and strategies for managing a diverse workforce. This knowledge will give participants the skills to maximise the benefits and reduce challenges related to culturally diverse workplaces.

When: 9.15am – 3.00pm, Wednesday 19 July 2017
Where: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health, 23 Lennox Street Richmond
More info:
For more information or to register for the course go to the CEH website.


Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) Training Calendar

The Semester 2 training calendar is now open for registration. DVRCV has increased the number of courses, workshops and locations for training to meet the growing demand. Some of the courses include:

  • CRAF Risk Assessment / Specialist
  • Family Violence is a Workplace Issue
  • Identifying Family Violence and Risk Assessment
  • Provide Support to Children

More info: View the calendar and register online.


Melbourne Diabetes and Mental Health Network Meeting

This professional network is open to all GPs and mental health professionals and agencies working in the area of reducing the burden for individuals, their families and the diabetes care team.

When: Wednesday 5th July, 6-8pm

Where: Diabetes Australia Victoria, Carlton

More info: Register attendance online.



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