7 March 2018

Welcome to Wednesday – 7 March 2018

Welcome to HealthWest’s monthly newsletter. Read on for the latest in health news, resources, events and more!

News at HealthWest
Access & Equity
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News at HealthWest

Evaluation of Working Together with Men project now out

Working Together with Men is an innovative violence prevention project based on community engagement and mobilisation. The project aims to contribute to the prevention of violence against women by engaging men to develop and implement primary prevention strategies in their local communities.

The project included participatory evaluation and a documentary film following the seven participants, Men of Brimbank, as they explored ways to make their community safer for women and children. Watch the Men of Brimbank – In Action!

Dr Cuong La, Project Manager, is available to speak about the project model and evaluation findings. Contact him at cuong.la@healthwest.org.au

More info:

  • Read the impact evaluation summary report  by Dr Michael Flood from the Queensland University of Technology.
  • View Dr Cuong La’s presentation about the project model and the findings of the evaluation impact. This presentation was given at the Working with Men to End Family Violence: ensuring the safety of women & children Conference – 13-14 February, Sydney.
  • Working Together With Men is one of many initiatives across Australia. To learn more about other strategies to prevent violence against women within different populations and settings, read this 2017 report by ANROWS, co-authored by Elizabeth Orr, Corina Backhouse and Dr Cuong La.


Seat at the Table – expression interest

Help us improve the health and wellbeing of young refugee and asylum seekers. We are currently open for expressions of interest from both service providers and young people from refugee or asylum seeker background to contribute for one of the three ideas that have been codesigned to date.

More info: Email helen.scudamore@healthwest.org.au. Project info available here.


Host a stall or speak at Treasures in the West Expo

Know of an awesome community group in the West? connectwest are still accepting late applications to host a stall or speak at the Treasures in the West Expo on Saturday 14 April 2018.

More info:  Register here.

connectwest is a membership-based network aimed at enabling the connections and collaboration of community groups, leaders and volunteers in Melbourne’s western suburbs. To find out more, email helen.scudamore@healthwest.org.au


HealthWest presents on workforce mutuality

HealthWest Partnership is pleased to announce that we will be presenting on our workforce mutuality project at the 2018 Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) State Conference on 17-18 May. Workforce mutuality describes the extent to which the diversity of an organisation or a sector’s workforce reflects the diversity of the community. A panel of experts in the field led by HealthWest is currently developing a set of standards for workforce mutuality, to be launched later in 2018.

More info: Details about HealthWest’s presentation will be released in the April eBulletin. For more information on workforce mutuality contact Martin Plowman, Equity and Inclusion Project Officer, at Martin.Plowman@healthwest.org.au.

To register your attendance or to find out more information about the ECCV conference contact Toula Elefsiniotis at conference@eccv.org.au, or go the ECCV website.


What does the future workforce look like in the reform environment?

Registrations are now open for the Western Melbourne Cross-Sector Community of Practice March 2018 Forum, presented by Inner North West PCP, HealthWest Partnership and the National Disability Service (NDS).

This forum will explore what the future workforce could look like, including:

  • Qualifications, competencies and soft skills
  • Consumer perspectives: What are important skills for service providers to have?
  • Training options

When: Tuesday 20 March, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: CERES Environment Park, Brunswick East
RSVP: Register via Eventbrite before Monday 19 March, places are limited

More info: See the event flyer here. For further information contact Emily Buchanan at EmilyB@inwpcp.org.au or 0410 228 721.


Welcome Estelle and Deb

Please join us in welcoming two new staff members to HealthWest:

Estelle Donse started at HealthWest in January as the Health Literacy Project Manager. Estelle is managing a joint project for HealthWest and Inner North West Primary Care Partnership supporting organisations to build their own health literacy responsiveness. You can contact Estelle at Estelle.Donse@healthwest.org.au.

Deb Tan joined our team in February as the Communications Officer. Deb will oversee HealthWest’s strategic communications with our members, partners and communities. Deb can be contacted at Deb.Tan@healthwest.org.au.

Both Estelle and Deb bring diverse experience and skills to our team, and we’re thrilled to have them on board.

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Access & Equity

Closing the Gap – Prime Minister’s Report 2018

The Closing the Gap Strategy was unveiled by the Rudd government in 2008, looking to achieve equality in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people by 2030.

The prime minister’s annual Closing the Gap report has revealed only three out of seven targets are “on track”, 10 years after the policy was launched to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.

More info: Read the report here.


NDIS Early Childhood Advocacy Focus paper released

The Early Childhood Intervention Agency (ECIA) Vic/Tas have recently released their NDIS Advocacy Focus paper. It considers the current situation under the NDIS, and provides information regarding ECIA’s advocacy work to ensure that children aged 0-6 years and their families are at the centre of the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach.

More info: Read the advocacy focus paper here.

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New Report Card on Australian Children and Youth

The latest Report Card: The wellbeing of young Australians from the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) was launched on 25 February 2018.

The report card presents data on Australia’s performance against a range of health and wellbeing indicators. It is intended to contribute to the national discussion that we must continue to have about how we best ensure our young people have every opportunity to reach their potential.

More info: Download the full report, summary of findings and technical info here.


Survey – Communicating about Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence Victoria is seeking media perspectives and advice on opportunities and challenges for communicating prevention of family violence and violence against women. There are two different surveys, each will take 5-10 minutes to complete and contains 5 short questions:

  • Survey of Local News Media Professionals for those working, or who have previously worked within news media outlets or stations within the Western Metropolitan region of Victoria (as journalists, broadcasters, editors, producers etc). Complete Survey Now!
  • Survey of Local Media and Communications Professionals for those working or who have previously worked in a media and communications role within the Western Metropolitan region of Victoria. Complete Survey Now!

More info: Survey closes on Wednesday 14 March 2018. Broader project information available here, questions or enquiries can be directed to Vanessa Born at vanessaborn@dvvic.org.au.

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For Your Diary


Choosing Wisely: System Improvement, Innovation and Leadership Forum

An Emergency Physician, Oncologist, Gastroenterologist and Anaesthetist… What do they all have in common? Barely anything. Except in their jobs, they all CHOOSE WISELY.

Hear from Austin Health staff on their experience as Choosing Wisely Champions, and find out about the upcoming Better Care Victoria funding to support Choosing Wisely initiatives at your organisation.

When: Wednesday 14 March 2018, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Department of Health and Human Services, 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
More info:
  See flyer for more details and RSVP here


West Metro Alliance Forum

Do you have a burning question regarding the current aged and disability reforms? Want to highlight an issue your organisation or sector are facing?

The West Metro Alliance March forum is coming up and the Commonwealth Department of Health will be there for a Q&A session. Submit your questions for the DoH here by COB Friday 9 March.

When: Wednesday 21 March 2018, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Yarraville Club – 135 Stephen St, Yarraville
Who: Those who lead and manage staff whose clients use CHSP, HACC-PYP, HCP or NDIS funded services, inclusive of Assessment and Intake services

More info: Further details and registrations here


Health Literacy Masterclass

Deakin University is running a two-day intensive health literacy masterclass for managers, executives, health professionals, health planners, policy makers, researchers, and those active in health promotion and community services.

When: Thursday 22 & Friday 23 March 2018, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Docklands
More info:
Register 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


Online community and stakeholder engagement

This interactive two-hour workshop from Bang the Table will help you explore what it means to build a meaningful relationship with your community and stakeholders through online engagement.

When: Thursday 29 March 2018, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Carlton, Victoria
More info: Details and registrations here



Treasures in the West expo

When: Saturday 14 April 2018
Where: Sunshine Convention Centre, 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine
More info:
 Read more here or email helen.scudamore@healthwest.org.au


Diabetes for disability support workers

When: Monday 16 April 2018
Where: Carlton
More info:
 Click here


Workshop: Using systems thinking to design your collaboration

This workshop will answer questions like: What does it mean to change a system? How are system interventions different from service delivery programmatic ones? And how does your collaboration use systems thinking to develop an effective strategy?

When: Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 April 2018, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Where: Melbourne CBD
More info:
 Go to the Collaboration for Impact website


Carbohydrate counting workshops for dietitians and diabetes educators

When: Friday 20 April 2018
Where: Carlton
More info:
 Click here



2018 Diabetes Symposium: Diabetes – Top to Toe

When: Friday 4 May 2018, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
More info:
 Click here

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