6 December 2017

Welcome to Wednesday – 6 December 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

Referral Decision Aid

HealthWest is pleased to share the Referral Decision Aid for children with developmental delays in Melbourne’s west (zero to school-aged). This decision aid is the result of efforts to clarify and streamline referral pathways for these children and families and can be used by referrers, so children are referred to an appropriate service.

You are also invited to join us to launch the Referral Decision Aid

  • Hear from Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) Vic and the Association for Children with a Disability.
  • Take part in a panel Q&A session as we consider NDIS and changes in our region in 2018.

When: 3—4:30 pm on Wednesday 13th December
Where: Program Room 1, Newport Community Hub, 13 Mason St, Newport
RSVP: via the event registration page
Afternoon tea will also be provided.

More info: Referral decision aid, user information and a feedback survey available here. Queries can be directed to Mindy Allott on 9248 9658 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au.


Vic PCP Online Health Literacy Course

HealthWest is delighted to announce the launch of the Vic PCP Online Health Literacy Course. It has been designed for Victorian health and human service organisations to build knowledge and skills in health literacy responsiveness. Staff can select from five different modules as relevant to their role.

The course is free and openly available online www.vicpcphealthliteracycourse.com.au or you can request a free version to be embeded in your internal Learning Management System from cwgpcp@gmail.com.

More info: Visit the HealthWest website or contact Mindy Allott on 92489658 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au.


Evaluation of the North West PCP Koolin Balit Project

PCPs in the North West Metropolitan Region received funding under Koolin Balit in 2014. After several years of collaboration, a final report has been released. The report provides evidence that the work of the PCPs will have a legacy and has contributed to fundamental and lasting change within over 20 mainstream organisations. The report concludes there is room for further targeted work to build the cultural responsiveness of mainstream agencies across the PCPs’ catchments.

More info: Read the full report here.


Expressions of Interest: Health Literacy Responsiveness Mentoring Project

  • Do you want to build your organisation’s capacity to respond to the health literacy needs of consumers and communities?
  • Are you still near the start of your journey toward health literacy responsiveness?

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from HealthWest members to be involved in a group mentoring project.

The project features:

  • A short-term commitment of three months between February and May 2018.
  • A small group of 4-6 organisations sharing and learning together.
  • Three collaborative workshops with peers and improvement action periods within your organisation.
  • Support provided by a health literacy project manager.

To apply: Completed forms should be emailed to mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au by COB Thursday 21 December 2017.

More info: Download the project information and expression of interest form. Enquiries should be directed to Mindy Allott on 9248 9658 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au.



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Partnership and Collaboration

Making Co-Design Work in the Public Sector

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) have written an article which explores what actually happens when public sector organisations adopt design approaches. TACSI share the lessons they learned through their work with governments across the country. They found the promise of reduced risk and an increased chance of success often sees more people turn to design approaches.

More info: Read the full article here.


New: West News Connecting and Partnering with Aboriginal Communities

The first issue of a new DHHS West Division publication “West news” celebrates the work being to implement Korin Korin Balit-Djak and companion strategies Aboriginal Governance and Accountability Framework and Balit Murrup: Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing framework. The first issue features profiles on the West Division Aboriginal Engagement Unit.

More info: Download the news here.


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Access & Equity

Co-design project with victim survivors: Voices of Hope

Voices of Hope’ places the voices of victim survivors at the heart of family violence service reform. It was the first co-design project undertaken with victim survivors and was led by sector organisations, expert advisers, and the Victim Survivors Advisory Council. The project explores the lived experiences of victim survivors and draws on their collective insight to give the government a deeper understanding of what’s needed for people to have a better experience of the family violence service system and receive the support they need.

More info: Download the report here.


Survey: Supporting women coming out of crises to stay in education and training

CommUnity + has been funded to undertake a project looking at the best ways to support women coming out of crises to stay in education and training. The outcomes of the project will be used to design resources and staff training.  CommUnity + are asking organisations that support women living through these experiences to complete a survey. The survey results will inform a codesign process, involving women with this lived experience and trainers.

More info: Please complete the survey here.


Interactive map shows Melbourne’s cultural and linguistic diversity

Data company Small Multiples has produced online maps of Melbourne and Sydney based on 2016 Census data that show the languages spoken at home with coloured dots. Melbourne’s west shows an especially diverse mix of languages, particularly in the Cities of Brimbank and Maribyrnong. These maps highlight more than ever the need for health and community organisations to be responsive to the needs of our diverse communities.

More info: To view the maps go to the Small Multiples website.


Section 44 a barrier to people from culturally diverse backgrounds sitting in Federal Parliament

Section 44 of the Australian Constitution prevents citizens of other countries, including holders of dual citizenship, from sitting in Federal Parliament. As Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) Eddie Micallef argues in this media release, this law could present a significant barrier to people from migrant or culturally diverse backgrounds from having an equal and fair opportunity to participate in Australian public life.

More info: To read the ECCV media release go to their website.


NSQHS Standards (second edition) now available

The second edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards is now available. Health service organisations will be assessed to the second edition of the NSQHS Standards from January 2019. The second edition addresses gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It also updates the evidence for actions, consolidates and streamlines standards and actions to make them clearer and easier to implement.

More info: NSQHS Standards (second edition) and supporting resources are available here.


Strengthening safety statistics: How to make hospital safety data more useful

A new report from the Grattan Institute says that Australia needs to reform the way we collect and use information about patient safety, to reduce the risk of more scandals and tragedies in our hospitals. The report calls for more and better safety data to be collected. And it says it is “unethical” not to better use all the data already available to improve patient care.

More info: Download the report or listen to a podcast featuring the report author Stephen Duckett here.


More Treatment and Research for Youth Mental Health

More treatment options for young people and greater research into youth mental health will become a reality with construction commencing on a state-of-the-art facility and additional funding announced.  On completion of the new site in Parkville, the facility will house clinical, research, policy, education and training services to improve mental health outcomes for young people in Victoria.

More info: please click here.



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VicHealth Health Equity Strategy 2017-19

The VicHealth Health Equity Strategy 2017-19 was launched in Carlton on 14 November. The strategy recognises that inequities in health are closely associated with markers of socio-economic status such as education, work, income, race/ethnicity, gender, Aboriginality, disability and sexuality. Promoting improved health equity is thus a key component in achieving better health outcomes for all Victorians. This is in line with HealthWest’s Strategic Plan 2017-19 which also prioritises action focusing on the social determinants of health and structural inequities within the health and human service systems.

More info: To download a copy of the strategy, go to the VicHealth website.


Metropolitan Partnership – Western Region

The Western Metropolitan Partnership 2017 Annual Assembly met in October. Attendees included a mix of local organisational representatives that were asked to contribute to the future of Melbourne’s Western region.

The summary report of the evening has now been released, which includes the future priorities area of the Partnership and suggested activities.

More info: You can watch the video of the assembly here, or click here for the 2017 Western Assembly Summary Report.


Spotlight on the wellbeing of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

This report from VicHealth looks at how emerging trends like an increasingly competitive job and education market, growth in digital technology, globalisation and an increasingly culturally diverse society impacts young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, particularly with regards to finding equitable employment and accessing mental health services.

More info: To read the full report go to the VicHealth website.


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For Your Diary


ECCV state conference announced: “Workplace rEvolution: Blueprints for a Diverse Tomorrow,” 17-18 May 2018

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has announced the date for its upcoming state conference Workplace rEvolution: Blueprints for a Diverse Tomorrow. The conference will be held from Thursday 17 – Friday 18 May at Ibis Melbourne, and will bring together leading decision makers, academics and practitioners to explore the future of employment in multicultural Victoria. With workforce mutuality identified as a strategic priority for HealthWest over the next two years, this conference will be a key arena in which to plan for the future of diversity in the health and community sector.

More info: Download the conference flyer here.




Workshop – Have your say!

Do you know someone from a refugee or asylum seeker background, aged between 18 – 25 and living in Melbourne’s west?

HealthWest would like to hear about their views on the wellbeing of young people in our community during a fun and creative workshop in December.

When: Thursday 7th December, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Newport Community Hub (Program Room 2), 13 Mason Street, Newport
More info: Visit the website here.



Family Violence (CRAF) Risk Assessment Training

The Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) aims to help practitioners and professionals identify and respond to risk factors associated with family violence. This free half-day training will equip a range of professionals with the skills to undertake initial risk assessment with victims of family violence. It’s essential training for anyone working in health, housing, community, legal or family services who may provide an initial response to family violence, but for whom family violence is not their only core business.

When: 16th and 31st January 2018
Where: Melbourne CBD
More info:
Visit the website here.



Prevention of Chronic Diseases Forum

Registration now open for this forum run by the Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA). It is aimed at promoting and improving prevention strategies for patients with chronic disease. It will explore the effects of nutrition, physical activity, meditation, dance therapy, music therapy and digital health interventions for prevention and mental health.

When: Friday 23 March 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: AMREP Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Melbourne
More info:
More information including program and registration details can be found here.


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