6 September 2017

Welcome to Wednesday September 2017

Welcome to HealthWest’s fortnightly 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

Join the conversation on place-based initiatives

Place-based initiatives are all about improving health and wellbeing through community-led action. A report has been compiled covering several place-based projects in Melbourne’s western suburbs. The report will be launched online, offering opportunities for other place-based, community leadership or strength-based projects to share achievements and learnings.

Place-based Initiatives in the West: Highlighting Promising Practice will launch online on Tuesday 12th September 2017. You can join the launch and promote your own place-based project here.

Projects a part of the report include: Linking Melton South, Our3021, the Brooklyn and Altona North Community Strengthening project and Revitalising Braybrook. Each project has used a unique approach and worked hard to impact the lives of the people that work, live, learn or play in their area. Place-based Initiatives in the West is full of learnings and project examples.


Register now: Trauma and Living with Uncertainty Workshop

Delivered by Foundation House, this workshop explores the psychosocial realities for asylum seekers and others from refugee backgrounds in situations of uncertainty.  This workshop was coordinated by HealthWest as an initiative of the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health Working Group of Western Melbourne.  Those who would benefit from the workshop include mental health workers, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and caseworkers from settlement and other relevant services.

When: Thursday 28 September 2017 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Foundation House, 4 Gardiner Street, Brunswick, Victoria
More info: Read the full advertisement and register here.


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Partnership and Collaboration

Metropolitan Partnership Assemblies

The Western Metropolitan Partnership is a coordinated way for the community to advise government on what matters in their region. Join the Partnership, ministers and other elected government officials, community and business members on Wednesday 4 October, and share your thoughts.

More info: Register for the western assembly on the 4th October here.


Community Leadership in the West

Community Leadership in the West is working to support community leaders from various backgrounds, training and special interest areas. The project looks at supporting existing programs and training and addressing identified gaps in networking, using a codesign approach. It will also be facilitating the formation of a community level and an organisational level network in this area.

More info: Please click here.


Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships

Effective and sustainable hospital-community partnerships are important to better address community health issues and achieve a Culture of Health. A Playbook for Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health contains effective methods, tools and strategies to create new partnerships and sustain successful existing ones.

More info: Read about and download the Playbook here.


Engaging your community online

Bang the Table has released ‘Know your community? 100 ideas to help engage your community online’. The booklet addresses ten major themes including:

  • Why engage your community online?
  • How to plan your online engagement strategy
  • Tips for creating compelling content to support your online engagement campaign
  • Ideas for promoting your online engagement
  • Ensuring your online engagement tools and strategies are accessible

More info: Download the booklet here.


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Access & Equity

Report: Racism in Victoria and what it means for the health of Victorians

This report by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services argues that racism is a major contributing factor for many people experiencing poorer health outcomes. People who experience racism weekly are almost 5 times as likely as those who do not experience racism to have poor mental health and are 2.5 times more likely to have poor physical health. These findings support the view that the social determinants of health must be addressed in any system-level health program or initiative.

More info: Read the report here.


Organisational health literacy responsiveness (Org-HLR) framework

A new health literacy responsiveness framework has been published in the paper ‘Development of the organisational health literacy responsiveness (Org-HLR) framework in collaboration with health and social services professionals’.

HealthWest and a number of local organisations and individuals participated in consultations during this process. The resulting framework describes best practice characteristics for health literacy in the health and human services sector and is relevant to the Australian context. Organisations may wish to use the Org-HLR framework to guide planning and monitoring of health service and health system improvements.

More info: Read the full article here.


MY Australia multicultural youth survey

MY Australia is the first longitudinal, nation-wide study of Australia’s multicultural youth. Findings from the survey will be used to help policymakers and organisations who work with young, diverse people to develop better policies and programs, enrich the lives of multicultural youth and contribute to the social cohesion of Australian society. This online survey is open to people aged 15 to 25 years who live in Australia, and should take around 20 minutes to complete.

More info: Find out more on the MY Australia website, or take the survey here.


Update: Free Translation and Interpreting Services

The Free Translation Service (FTS): On 1 July 2017 the Free Translating Service (FTS) launched a new website and online application system. Applications can now be made on mobile devices or computers at here.

The Free Interpreting Service (FIS): All Medicare card holders now eligible for the Free Interpreting Service in medical settings, including private General Practitioners, approved Medical Specialists and pharmacies. Other approved service providers, including Non-Government Organisations and licenced real estate agents, are also eligible to access interpreting services, free of charge, to communicate with Australian citizens and permanent residents who do not speak English.

More info: Further information on the FTS and FIS can be found at the DSS website.


Consultation: 10 year Community Services Industry Plan for Victoria

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are working collaboratively to develop a 10 year Community Services Industry Plan for Victoria. The plan will create a vision and set the direction for a future community services industry for Victoria. A discussion document will soon be available for comment on the VCOSS website. A consultation event is being held in Wyndham on the 20th October.

More info: More info and registration here.


Hospitals receiving funding for family violence training

Victorian hospitals are receiving $10 million to train thousands of workers to identify better and support victims of family violence when they present at Victorian hospitals. The program comes out of a recommendation from the state’s Royal Commission into Family Violence.

More info: Read the media release.


Join the West Metro Alliance email list

The West Metro Alliance will bring together the range of HACC-PYP and CHSP funded organisations in West Metro Aged Care Planning Region to support understanding and transition to the aged care and disability reforms. Join the email list to receive updates info about the upcoming launch.

More info: Email: michael.perrone@cohealth.org.au


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Preventing Violence Together (PVT) 2030 launch

Women’s Health West and PVT partners celebrated the launch of the Western Region Strategy to Prevent Violence Against Women: Preventing Violence Together 2030, on August 15. The strategy will guide the work of the Preventing Violence Together partnership, by outlining actions towards a shared vision: ‘women and girls across Melbourne’s west live free from violence and discrimination and have equal status, rights, opportunities, representation and respect’.

More info: Visit the Women’s Health West website to download the Strategy and read the Background Paper


Report: Women’s Health Survey 2017

The Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey is an annual national study designed to help us better understand the health information needs and behaviours of women living in Australia. This year there were over 10,000 participants between the ages of 18 – 99 years old. The survey asked questions about women’s health and the way women access information about their health.

More info: Click here to download the full report.


A community led suicide prevention network

Wesley Mission has entered into a partnership with North-West Melbourne Primary Health Network to drive community led suicide prevention activities within its region. The specific aim of this project is to develop localised suicide prevention objectives within targeted communities. Nationally there are currently 72 networks delivering suicide awareness and prevention activities to their local communities. Activities include intervention training, community forums, lobbying for change or simple community engagement in local shopping centres.

More info: Read the information book here.


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For Your Diary


NDIS National Readiness Grants – now open

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is now accepting applications for Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants. The focus of this grant round is information, linkages and referrals.

Applications for this round will close 2pm AEST on Friday 29 September 2017. Up to $30.08 million of funding is available over 2017-18 and 2018-19 for this round. Organisations can apply for grants of up to 2 years.

More info: For further information and to and apply for this grant, visit the Department of Social Services (DSS) Community Grants Hub. Additional information is available on ILC Grants page on the NDIS website.


Active Club Grants 2017-18 Round One

VicHealth is inviting Victoria’s community sporting clubs to increase the opportunities for Victorians to participate in community sport and physical activity.

Focus area 1: Female participation
Focus area 2: Participation in social and modified forms of sport

VicHealth’s Active Club Grants will provide funding to address these factors by either creating new sport opportunities or by implementing, within current clubs, an existing program created by a State or National sporting organisation.

More info: For more information please visit VicHealth here.


Papers and Conferences

Global Alcohol Policy Conference – Melbourne 2017

The International Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers and researchers. GAPC 2017 will be co-hosted by Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) and Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) in Melbourne in October 2017.

When: 4th – 6th, October 2017.
More info: For more information, please visit the conference website here.




Free NDIS training for Allied Health Professionals

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) and its member associations have developed a course to provide a detailed introduction to the NDIS for allied health professionals..

When: This course is free for allied health professionals until the end of 2017
Where: Access online the training here. You will need to you will need to register and add the NDIS training to your account.
More info: See this flyer for details about the training.


Women’s Health Week

Women’s Health Week – now in its fifth year – attracts interest from thousands of women and organisations across Australia. The theme this year is ‘When it comes to health, every woman has an elephant in the room. Let’s talk.’ This year the focus is on heart health, mindfulness, bone health, physical activity and sleep.

When: 4 – 8 September
Where: Across Australia
More info:
You can subscribe to participate in a range of online events or host an event in your community or workplace. For a full list of events in Victoria, click here.


Victorian Homelessness Conference

The Victorian Homelessness Conference is an outstanding professional development opportunity for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and consumers of homelessness services. Held bi-annually, the Victorian Homelessness Conference has earnt a reputation as the leading event of its kind in Australia. This year, running in parallel to the regular conference programming there will be a youth-specific conference stream.

When: 6-7th September
Where: The Angliss Conference Centre, La Trobe St, Melbourne
More info: Read more here.


Brimbank Baby and Toddler Workshops

Tweddle will be delivering two baby and toddler workshops at the Sunshine Maternal and Child Health Centre.

Families are invited to come along, make friends, ask questions and relax in a supportive environment designed to make learning about your baby or toddler fun and interesting. Topics include:

  • How much sleep does your child need?
  • How does your child let you know when they are tired?
  • How do you help your child learn to go to sleep?
  • Introducing Nutritious Food & Healthy Eating

When: Tuesday Sept 19th and Tuesday Oct 24th 2017
Where: Maternal & Child Health Centre 31 Alexandra Avenue, Sunshine
Cost: Free – light refreshments provided
More info: To register call Brimbank Maternal and Child Health on 9249 4000.


Webinar: Tobacco – Who’s Leading the Health Indicators?

Learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Tobacco Leading Health Indicators. You’ll hear how the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Education Program is implementing a comprehensive strategy to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco and to promote quitting among adults and youth.

When: 21st September, 12:00pm EDT.
More info:
Register today.



National Carers Week

National Carers Week is a great time to celebrate carers and thank them for their dedication to their families and friends.

It is a time to help educate the wider community on the role of the carer and remind people that carers are everywhere within our community (1 in 10 Victorians is in a caring role). Carers come in all shapes and sizes from a variety of backgrounds, with a variety of tasks and jobs. Being a carer does not define a person, but it can shape a person.

When: 15th – 21st, October.
Where: Across Australia.
More info:
You can sign up to host an event or see if there is one near you here.


Strengthening the role of primary care in reducing obesity: Partnerships and collaborations to address the obesity epidemic.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Special Interest Group is presenting a workshop featuring:

  • Rosemary Calder AM, Director of Australian Health Policy Collaboration, Victoria University
  • Alison Mcaleese, Campaign Manager of LiveLighter, Cancer Council Victoria
  • Mary Henley-Collopy, Disability Advocate

When: Thursday 26 October 2017, 10am – 12 noon
Where: La Trobe University City Campus, Franklin Street Melbourne, Room 103
RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday 20 October to: Christine Walker, Chronic Illness Alliance cwalker@chronicillness.org.au, Ph: 0402 416 868
More info:
Please see here.


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