6 July 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

Welcome to the Community Participation Practitioners Network!

Increasingly, our partners are engaging in co-design and building community participation into different aspects of their work. The Community Participation Practitioners Network will provide practical skills development and support to partner with community in health.

Come along to the next network meeting:

Jasmine Kildea, Aboriginal Projects Manager at HealthWest will lead a discussion about cultural protocols when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.

When: Wednesday 20 July, 2.00-4.00pm
Where: HealthWest Partnership, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray
Who: Health, community and local government staff who partner with community in their role
More info: To register, contact Mindy Allott at 92489658 or mindy.allott@healthwest.org.au. For more information on the network, click here.


Healthwest is recruiting!

HealthWest recently conducted some strategic consultations and is now seeking to recruit an Access & Equity Officer. We plan to develop our focus beyond project-based activities towards systems-level efforts to improve access and equity outcomes for vulnerable people. The Access & Equity Officer will conduct regional needs analyses on topics such as workforce diversity and vulnerability and use these to drive collaborative action across the HealthWest membership.

HealthWest are also recruiting a Project Officer for the Pathways for Children with Developmental Delays Project. HealthWest members recently identified the need for a collaborative response to the growing demand for services for children with developmental delays in Melbourne’s west. This would be an ideal opportunity for clinicians seeking secondment into a project role or service development.

Applications for both positions close 12th July. 

More info: Visit the HealthWest website here,  or contact Tanya Sofra, email: tanya.sofra@healthwest.org.au, or phone (03) 9248 9659


Our3021 Summary Evaluation Report

The Our3021 2015 Summary Evaluation Report is now available!

Our3021 is an asset and place-based project. It aims to engage and strengthen the Brimbank community by encouraging participation in decisions that impact on health and wellbeing. Our3021 takes a strengthening communities approach at both an individual and neighbourhood level, focusing on improving social inclusion.

The Evaluation Summary Report provides an overview of the project’s processes, various community projects and key recommendations during the projects second year.

More info: You can download the full 2015 Summary Evaluation Report here. For further details on the project or current community activities please contact: helen.scudamore@healthwest.org.au


Launching the new HealthWest Blog

We have revamped our existing website blog to provide a platform for our members to discuss issues and share their work, including challenges, solutions and reflections.

To launch the blog we have posts from Diabetes Victoria and Sons of the West.

If you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Claire East: claire.east@healthwest.org.au.

More info: To visit the blog, click here.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Increasing equity and participation in breast screening

BreastScreen Victoria and Deakin University are working to improving the breast screening experience for women in the north west of Melbourne. They are particularly focusing on Italian, Arabic speaking and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. They are currently recruiting participants aged 50 to 74 to take a survey, available in English, Italian, Arabic and a version for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

If you work with women in these community groups, please consider passing some information along to them.

More info: Download the attached flyer here, go to the project website or contact Carol Wildey on 03 9246 8971 or breastscreen@deakin.edu.au.


Mental health literacy

The Victoria Police Mental Health Review was released recently. Mental health literacy was identified as an area of need, with a major recommendation around the development of a comprehensive mental health literacy program for employees, former employees and family members.

More info: Download the full and summary reports here.


Consumer Representative Opportunities

Western Health is looking for consumer representatives for their committees:

  • Patient Information Review Group
  • Board Quality and Safety Committee
  • Safe Care Committee
  • Family meeting working group

More info: Download the flyer here for information on each of these groups. If you are interested contact Assunta Morrone on Assunta.Morrone@wh.org.au or (03) 8345 1302.


Hobsons Bay Multicultural Policy

Hobsons Bay City Council recently released their new Multicultural Policy 2016-2020.

The policy will guide Council’s work in planning, capacity building, service provision, resource provision, partnerships and advocacy for the needs of Hobsons Bay’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

More info: Go to the Hobsons Bay City Council website to read the policy and supporting documents including policy summaries in nine community languages.


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Service Integration

New Victorian cultural diversity plan

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recently released its Delivering for diversity: Cultural diversity plan 2016-2019. This plan is a framework to embed cultural diversity in all the department’s services, programs and policies. The development of this plan is a key commitment in the soon-to-be released whole-of-government Multicultural policy statement.

More info: Download the plan from the health.vic site here. 


Universal screening for domestic violence

Researchers from CQUniversity Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research have proposed that all healthcare practitioners screen women to determine if they are experiencing domestic violence at the hands of their partner.

More info: Read the article here. 


New toolkit: Creating Dementia Friendly Communities

Alzheimer’s Victoria has launched a toolkit for local governments on a budget. It provides information, resources and guidance for building on existing infrastructure, systems and services. This toolkit is a practical, evidence-based resource that will have a direct impact on the quality of life of people living with dementia and carers too.

More info: Download the toolkit here.


Peer support resources

Peer support is a useful tool for self-management. Health Issues Centre has recently launched three new online resources to encourage participation in peer support and break down some of the longstanding myths about it.

More info: Watch the two short videos or listen to the podcast on the Health Issues Centre website.


New resource: The Support Loop

The Support Loop recognises the vital role of Community Support Workers in supporting people to meet their support plan goals and monitoring progress. The Support Loop resource has been developed to provide HACC funded organisations with ideas and approaches for assessing their current practice and provides opportunities for improving monitoring and feedback communication systems. Details of a training and implementation approach to using The Support Loop will be available in the coming months.

More info: Download The Support Look report here.


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Brief on Violence against Older Women

Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) have released a new resource on Violence Against Older Women.

More info: Download the report here.


Self-Learning Booklet: Understanding Masculinities and Violence against Women and Girls

This booklet was developed by the UN Women Training Centre as the result of a series of training courses that aim to strengthen the capacities of development practitioners and advocates to understand, integrate and address critical gender issues in their work and lives. Specifically, Masculinities and Violence Against Women and Girls is a supplementary tool developed and provided by UN Women Training Centre to assist both UN and non-UN staff to better understand issues of masculinities in relation to work on violence against girls and women, and gender equality more broadly.

More info: The booklet can be downloaded here.


COTA Annual Priorities Survey

At the recent Seniors’ Conference, COTA Victoria President Cathy Mead launched the Annual Survey of Priorities of Older Victorians. In the past, data from the annual survey has been to develop the priorities and recommendations contained in Budget submissions to State Government and for the 2014 State Election Platform Older Victorians Will Decide.

More info: Click here to take part in the survey.


Inquiry into End of Life Choices Report

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices handed down its Final Report today. Significant recommendations have been made covering the provision and funding of palliative care services, improving the uptake of advance care planning and coordination of end of life care and introducing a legal framework to provide for assisted dying.

More info: Download the summary report here.



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Aboriginal Health

NAIDOC Week. 3 – 10 July 2016

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

All Australians are encouraged to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.

More info: To find out more about the events and what is happening in your area around Melbourne, please click here.


NAIDOC events happening throughout Victoria

Click here to visit the link to the Victorian NAIDOC week calendar of events.


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For Your Diary


Wyndham Identity, Inclusion and Connection Grants

Wyndham City Council’s 2016/17 Identity, Inclusion and Connection (IIC) Grants are now open. Not-for-profit groups and organisations are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 for projects and activities that help to contribute to a community identity, inclusion, connectedness, resilience and good mental health. Staff can support groups with applications. Grant writing workshops will be held on the 18th July. Applications close 29th July, 2016.

More info: Visit the Wyndham City website here or phone Paul (9742 0926) or Troy (9742 8130).



The Benefits of Exercise in MS

This program is presented by the MS Consultant Physiotherapists, and provides an update on the evidence for the benefits of physical activity in living well with multiple sclerosis. The program will also include information about appropriate levels of activity to engage people with multiple sclerosis

When: Monday 18 July, 2016 10.00am – 11.30am
More info: Register here, or contact Andrea Salmon at andrea.salmon@ms.org.au or 9845 2765



12th Annual ADMA National Conference

The Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) conference will focus on person centred healthcare: achievements and challenges. Confirmed International keynote speakers include Dr Ellen Nolte from London presenting experiences from Europe and Prof Frances Mair from the University of Glasgow, talking about minimally disruptive medicine.

When: 20th – 21st of October 2016
Where: Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre
More info: Download the flyer here.


Melbourne Metro

Workshop: Cultural competence in counselling

This workshop covers cultural competence principles and practical strategies to improve counselling to clients from culturally and lingustically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Suitable for counsellors, psychologists, social workers and welfare workers.

When: Wednesday 20 July 2016, 9.15 – 1.00pm
Where: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, 23 Lennox Street Richmond
Cost: $150 including morning tea, lunch and course materials.


Health Literacy Workshop

Key learning outcomes – participants will be able to:
• Identify principles of health literacy and models of practice
• Apply tools to improve individuals’ understanding of health information
• Identify organisational priority areas for health literacy action
• Contextualise health literacy within cultural responsiveness, quality improvement and diversity planning requirements

When: Monday, 8 August 2016, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: AMREP Seminar Room, Commercial Rd, Melbourne
More info: Register here. Places are limited to the first 25 registrations.


Oz DAFNE Health Professional Workshop

This workshop is for health professionals involved in the direct care and support of people with type 1 diabetes.

When: Friday 12 August 2016, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Diabetes Victoria Training Room, 51 Leicester St, Carlton
More info: Download the flyer here.


Carbohydrate counting workshop for dietitians and diabetes nurse educators

This full day workshop is designed to provide dietitians and diabetes educators with the knowledge and skills to assist their clients to appropriately manage their carbohydrate intake to help regulate blood glucose levels.

When: Wednesday 31 August, 2016, 9.00am – 4:00pm
Where: Diabetes Victoria, 51 Leicester St, Carlton
More info: Download the flyer here.


Implementation Science: translating evidence into practice

Using a mix of presentations, forums and workshops you will join a community of implementation scientists in the primary care setting to share information and workshop ideas about how to implement change and how to know that you are making a difference.

Where: Parkville campus, The University of Melbourne
When: 8th and 9th September, 2016
More info: Click here.


Cultural competency and disability

Develop an understanding of how culture influences perceptions of disability. This course is run by experienced facilitators from the education, disability and multicultural fields. It is relevant to schools, service providers of organisations preparing for NDIS.

Where: Visy Hub, Sunshine
When: 28th September, 2016
More info: Download the flyer here.



Western Region

Working Together with Men to prevent violence against women – Information Sessions

The project aims to bring local men together to make Brimbank a safer place for women and children. Working Together with Men will teach men about myths about men’s violence; causes of violence; male privilege; men and sexism and promising practice of men’s activism in prevention of violence against women and girls.  We will support some of these men to develop and implement actions to create social change in their community.

Working Together with Men is looking for men (18+) who are connected to Brimbank and who want to make their community a safer place for women to attend one of our information sessions:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, 26th July 2016 (7:00pm—9:00pm)
  • Session 2: Thursday, 4th August 2016 (10:00am—12:00pm)

Where: Visy Cares Hub80 Harvester Road, Sunshine
More info: Click here to register, or for more details, contact Cuong La: cuong.la@healthwest.org.au; or (03) 9248 9657

This is an eighteen month project (Jan 2015-Jun 2016) funded by the Federal Government, Department of Social Services. Led by HealthWest Partnership, the project is supported by Brimbank City Council, Women’s Health West, ISIS Primary Health and cohealth.


Public harassment of Muslim Women: What’s happening and what can be done?

Muslim women are often more easily identifiable than Muslim men, due to the clothing they choose to wear. This can make them a target for those who hold negative attitudes towards Islam and multiculturalism.

Join with a group of Muslim women to hear about their experiences and start a conversation about how we can all work together to send a strong message that the harassment of Muslim women is unacceptable.

The ‘Safe-Spaces for Muslim Women’ resource kit will also be launched. This kit and this event are an initiative of community women who have participated in Women’s Health West’s Our Community, Our Rights project.

When: Tuesday 26 July, 2016, 11.00am – 1.00pm, lunch included
Where: Maidstone Community Centre, 21 Yardley Street, Maidstone
Who: All policy makers and service providers.
More info: To download the flyer, click here. Please register by Tuesday 12 July, by calling Susan at Women’s Health West on 9689 9588 or by email at susan@whwest.org.au.


Addiction does not discriminate

A free forum for professionals and community members to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. Speakers representing a broad range of responses to substance misuse and mental health – criminal justice, emergency departments, treatment and prevention – will join people with a variety of lived experience in this event. The aims of the Forum are to raise awareness within the southwest of Melbourne to the issues relating to stigmatisation of community members with mental health and/or substance misuse, inform regarding local responses and to identify gaps in service provision and support.

When: 1 – 4.30pm 25th August, 2016
Where: Encore Events Centre, Hoppers Crossing
More info: Register here.



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