6 April 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

Seeking members for our Community Advisory Group

We are looking for five community members to form a Community Advisory Group. The Community Advisory Group will have direct input into planning and decision making at HealthWest Partnership. We are looking for community members from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences who live in the west, are interested in our local health system and promoting the community voice.

More info: Visit our website here. Or contact Tanya Sofra: 9248 9659 or tanya.sofra@healthwest.org.au


Life! in Braybrook

One in seven people in Melbourne’s west are affected by diabetes, compared to the Victorian average of one in 30. The prevalence of diabetes in Braybrook was noted in reports released by HealthWest Partnership last year. In response, cohealth, with the support of Maribyrnong City Council and HealthWest will be delivering a Life! program in Braybrook in June. The Life! program teaches participants how to reduce their risk of chronic disease by making small changes to their lifestyle.

cohealth are now accepting referrals for the Braybrook program. People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

More info: Please contact Janet Pinto at cohealth: call 83783520 or email Janet.Pinto@cohealth.org.au or view the flyer here.


Registrations open: Self-Management Network Forum

Registrations are now open for the first Self-Management Network forum for 2016 to be held in Keilor on Monday 2nd May. This forum will provide information and discussion around the practical application of Motivational Interviewing. We welcome any clinician or manager in western and inner north west Melbourne to attend.

More info: Register here.


Community Engagement in the West network meeting is coming up!

The Community Engagement in the West Network supports workers and organisations in Melbourne’s west to improve community engagement and participation.

When: Wednesday 20 April 2016:  2.00 – 4.00pm
Where: HealthWest, Level 1, 37 Albert St, Footscray

More info: For more information about the network or to register for the meeting, please contact Mindy at mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au or (03) 9248 9658.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

New release: Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit – Second edition

Health literacy universal precautions are the steps that you take when you assume that all consumers may have difficulty comprehending health information and accessing health services.

The Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2nd edition, can help health professionals and organisations reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels.

More info: See the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website.


Webinar: The Strategic use of Mobile and Digital Health and Care Solutions

Effective care is usually supported by technology that must serve people, professionals and decision makers to better full fill their roles and responsibilities. This Webinar will address the sensible use of modern technologies to support integrated care.

When: Monday, 18 April 2016: 15:00 to 16:00 (CEST)

More info: For further details, and to register, click here.


Supporting Patient Behavior Change: Approaches Used by Primary Care Clinicians Whose Patients Have an Increase in Activation Levels

This paper identified 5 strategies used by clinicians whose patients demonstrate a large activation:

  1. Emphasise patient ownership
  2. Partner with patients
  3. Identify small steps
  4. Schedule frequent follow-up visits to cheer successes, problem solve, or both
  5. Whow caring and concern for patients.

More info: Read the full article here.


From tokenism to empowerment: progressing patient and public involvement in healthcare improvement

This article summarises current evidence and discusses some of the neglected aspects of involvement that, if given due attention, can offer a way to break the cycle. This includes changing the balance of power, promoting empowerment, diversity and equality and strengthening evaluation of outcomes and impact.

More info: Click here to read the article.


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Service Integration

Guide to the NSQHS for community health

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released a guide to support community health services implementing the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

More info: Click here to read the guide.


Medicare reform: Chronic illness trial

The government will establish a trial of Healthcare Homes, which allows patients with multiple chronic illnesses to nominate a GP practice as their “home base”. This practice will coordinate a healthcare package tailored to their conditions.

More info: Click here to read the release.


Interactive data tool – National aged care data

This clearinghouse is a central, independent repository of national aged care data. It coordinates data collection from various agencies and departments on the number of home care, residential and transition places in each state and region.

More info: Click here to visit the clearinghouse.


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Royal Commission into Family Violence

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report was released on Wednesday 30 March. The report outlined 227 recommendations. Premier Daniel Andrews and Fiona Richardson, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, have said that the Victorian Government will implement all recommendations.

More info: download the report here.


Journeys Through Gambling: Pathways to Informal Recovery

This new qualitative narrative based research identifies the role of family, friends and community in supporting individuals through recovery from gambling addiction.

More info: View the research here.


Active April

Active April is a state wide healthy lifestyle program encouraging all Victorians to get moving for half an hour a day. Participants get 10 Free Visits to their local YMCA and a range of other incentives on sign up. There are also a range of rewards and prizes for participating as part of a team, workplace or school.

More info: Visit the Active April webpage here.



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Aboriginal Health

Inquiry Hears the Voice of Aboriginal Children and Women but Vigilance Needed into the Future

After the Royal Commission into Family Violence was recently released, VACCA responds emphasizing the need for the Aboriginal issues not to get lost amongst the 227 recommendations.

More info: Read their response here.


Cultural safety in Maternity care workshop at Sunshine Hospital

This training is tailored for maternity staff working in the Western Metropolitan region and specifically services linked to Sunshine Hospital.

More info: For further details, visit the VACCHO website here.


How could Public Health Networks (PHNs) improve health care coordination in partnership with Aboriginal communities ?

This article outlines how PHNs might support health services to systematically and strategically improve their responsiveness to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within their boundaries according to ten proposals.

These best practice models and examples can assist PHNs to adapt their strategic plans to optimally respond to this priority.

More info: Read the full article here.


Koolin Balit funding changes

Following a review of the first two years of Koolin Balit across the North Metro and West Metro area, three key recommendations have been adopted:

  • Investment in 2015/16 and 2016/17 will focus investment on two priority areas: early years and a healthy transition to adulthood.
  • Applications for major grants must be submitted by a consortium which consists of at least one Aboriginal organisation.
  • Over the course of the next two years, there will be a number of tranches of funding rolled out. The first tranche will address the Early Years priority and will specifically target consortiums operating in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

The expression of interest process for the first tranche is expected to commence soon.


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For Your Diary


eReferral Program

The Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) will be providing funding for four projects (two acute services and two community health services) to identify and pilot an electronic referral system based on the National eReferral Reference Architecture.

More info: Visit the health.vic website here, or contact Kate Jarvis (A/Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Health) on (03) 9412 2682 or kate.jarvis@dhhs.vic.gov.au


Public Sector Innovation Fund

The Public Sector Innovation Fund supports projects that test new approaches to solving complex policy challenges and delivering public value. The Innovation Fund is open to applications from any organisation working with or within the Victorian public sector. Applications can be submitted at any time.

More info: For further details, click here.



12th Australian Disease Management Association Conference

ADMA presents a conference on Person Centred Healthcare: Achievements & Challenges. Oral presentation abstracts due by 27 May, and poster abstracts due by 7 September, 2016.

When: 20-21 October, 2016
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf
More info: Click here for the flyer.



NDIS webinar: Early Childhood Early Intervention

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has worked with some of Australia’s leading early childhood intervention practitioners and researchers to design a best-practice approach that is family-centred and importantly, supports children to achieve good outcomes on a case-by-case basis. The approach is currently being implemented in the Nepean Blue Mountains and Townsville. It will be rolled out nationally.

When: 5th April 2016
More info: Click here for webinar details.  




National Policy Forum

A fair go for all: Addressing social and health inequities in Australia and internationally

Hosted by the Centre for Research Excellence on the Social Determinants of Health Inequities, Australian National University. Keynote speakers include Dame Professor Margaret Whitehead and Professor Ronald Labonte

When: Thursday 12 May 2016 9.00am – 5.00pm
Where: University House Common Room, 1 Balmain Crescent, Australia National University, Canberra
More info: For further details, and to register, click here.


Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia Conference

The program combines cutting edge scientific content with practical clinical sessions about best practice standards and clinically effective care in the management of diabetes.

When: 30 April 2016
Where: University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Parkville
More info: Visit the event website here. 


Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference

This year’s Conference offers 8 diverse stream topics to address the ever changing aspects of addiction, and the associated subcultures.

When: 19 – 20 May 2016
Where: Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast
More info: Visit the conference website here.   


International Dementia Conference

Grand Designs “Are we there yet?” features world-renowned experts in dementia and the care of older people.

When: 16 & 17 June 2016
Where: Hilton Hotel, Sydney
More Info: Visit the conference website here.


Melbourne Metro

DV-alert Training

Domestic Violence Response Training is a nationally accredited training program that enables workers to recognise signs of domestic violence, respond with appropriate care and refer cases to relevant support services. DV-alert is available at no cost.

Where: Melbourne
When: 19 and 20 April, 2016
More info: View further details on the workshop here.


First 1000 days

This two-day Master Class will present the overall objectives of the Australian Model of the First 1000 Days, which aims to provide a coordinated, comprehensive intervention addressing the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from (pre)conception to two years of age, thereby laying the foundation for their future health and wellbeing.

When: 12 – 13 May, 21 – 22 July or 29 – 30 September, 2016
Where: University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Parkville
More info: View further details here.


Online training – depression and anxiety in older people

beyondblue’s Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) e-learning program’s overall objective is to improve the detection and management of anxiety and depression in residential and community aged care settings.

More info: Visit the Beyond Blue website here 


Assessment and Care Planning Workshop

This interactive workshop provides aged care professionals with practical information about comprehensive assessment, goal setting and care planning for older people in a community setting.

When: 21 April 2016
Where: National Ageing Research Institute, Parkville
More info: Click here for the flyer.


Gambling in Video Games Workshop

In an effort to raise awareness about the exposure of young people to gambling, betting and related features in video games, the VRGF is hosting a one day workshop on gaming. You will learn how gambling is present within and linked to video games. Steven Dupon will also share his resources on how parents can better manage their children’s gaming. Attending this workshop will allow you to raise awareness about gambling within games and support parents who are having difficulties managing gaming in the home.

Where: The training room, the foundation, level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
When: Thursday 5 May 2016, 9.30am-4pm
RSVP: Email Etty – eithne.mcgettrick@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au


Workshop: ‘The Art of Facilitating Asset Based Community Driven (ABCD) Initiatives’

A unique event featuring three of the global leaders in ABCD theory and practice – Jim Diers (Neighbor Power, USA), Cormac Russell (Nurture Development, UK) and Peter Kenyon (Bank of I.D.E.A.S., Australia). This workshop will draw upon best international practice to equip participants with skills, information, tools and motivation enabling them to facilitate programs and train others in ABCD perspectives and strategies.

When: Wednesday 18 May, 2016: 9.00am – 4.30pm (Coffee and registration from 8.30am)
Where: The Municipal Association of Victoria, Level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne
More info: For further details and to register, click here.



Western Region

GoWomenLG Forum and Workshop

GoWomenLG is a campaign to support and encourage women candidates to stand for Council elections. Two upcoming events will give women in the west a chance to learn from other women who have experience as local government candidates, councillors or mayors.

The events will cover:

  • Being a voice for your community
  • What’s involved in running a campaign
  • How to be an effective councillor
  • How to make a difference


GoWomenLG Forum:
When: Wednesday 27 April, 7.00 – 9.00pm
Where: Williamstown Town Hall (Chamber Room), 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

GoWomenLG Workshop:
: Tuesday 17 May, 7.00 – 9.00pm
Where: Clocktower Centre, 750 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

More info: RSVPs and enquiries to commdev@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or 9932 1284. Supper will be served at both events. Childcare available upon request.


Diabetes Self Management Group

Cohealth and Braybrook Maidstone Neighbourhood House are delivering a diabetes self-management course for people who have diabetes, or support someone with diabetes.

More info: To view the flyer, click here or to book, please call 9317 5610.


Three Sides of the Coin Documentary Launch

Join Three Sides of the Coin  for the launch of their ground breaking documentary about people affected by gambling addiction, using theatre to create change.

When: Wed 13 April   3:45-5:15pm
Where: Library at the Dock, Docklands
Cost: Free
Bookings:  javisar@linkhc.org.au


Celebrating LGBTI Carers in the West event

Join Carers Victoria to celebrate LGBTI carers and people caring for LGBTI partners, friends and family members. Hear their stories and learn about inclusive support services in the West. This is a free community event.

When: Wednesday 18 May, 2016: 6pm –8pm
Where: Williamstown Town Hall (The Chamber), 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown

Speakers: Dr Philomena Horsley (Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria), followed by Q&A with panel of LGBTI carers from the community.

More info: Register at Eventbrite by Monday May 16.


Generate: Footscray Community Arts Professional Development Series

Collaborate : Developing strong and sustainable arts and non-arts partnerships

Navigating difficult partnerships can be a challenging path. During part two of the GENERATE series, Jade Lillie and Lydia Fairhall (FCAC) respond to what makes a successful partnership – its growth, effectiveness and positive impacts.  We explore best practice, how to start partnerships the way we wish to finish them, and collaborate in understanding what happens when we experience the epic fail.

When: 27th May 2016
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray
More info: For further details, and to register, click here.


HACC Quality Improvement workshops

The workshops are open to all HACC funded organisations. Each HACC funded agency can register two participants to attend.

When: 18th April
Where: Moonee Ponds
More info: For further details, and to register, click here.

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