7 February 2018

Welcome to Wednesday – 7 February 2018

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

The Health of HealthWest

HealthWest Partnership has undertaken a review of its own ‘health’. Lirata Consulting has made 18 recommendations in the areas of; governance and decision making, communications, operationalisation and sustainability of our work and opportunities for further exploration. The recommendations will be considered at the next Strategic Leadership Forum titled HealthWest Future Directions on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

More info: For further information about the Leadership Forum please contact Gail O’Donnell on 9248 9665 or gail.odonnell@healthwest.org.au.


New guidelines for engaging people who cause family violence harm

The Identifying & Responding to Family Violence Project is pleased to release a new guide for health/mainstream services in how they can respond to perpetrators based on best practice. The document provides guidance on early intervention strategies as well as more direct engagement techniques. These guidelines were written by Rodney Vlais, an expert in perpetrator interventions. It is recommended that these guidelines are implemented in conjunction with the Client and Workplace Policy Templates and Training Package previously released by the project.

The project is an initiative of the Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) across the North West metropolitan region, including HealthWest. For further information and support in implementing these guidelines or policies please contact Ilana Jaffe, Project Coordinator on 9389 2228 or Ilanaj@inwpcp.org.au

More info: Download the guidelines and policy templates here.


Announcement: Self Management Network in transition

As demonstrated by the evaluation of the Self-Management Network in 2017, the network remains a valued platform in this region. Recently the Working Group of the network accepted an offer of a new auspice moving forward. The North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) will now support the Self Management Network. In recent years HealthWest and INWPCP have supported the working group to improve sustainability with the view to transitioning the network to another auspice whose strategic directions align. NWMPHN offers a renewed opportunity for the network to grow and achieve their purpose. Thank you to the working group and network members past and present for your participation and contribution to the growth and development of the network.

More info: Download the 2017 evaluation.


Announcement: Western Intake Network Group in transition

WING was established by HealthWest over six years ago and remains a valued platform in this region. Recently the Leadership Group accepted an offer of a new arrangement moving forward. WING will transition to the West Metro Alliance as an Interest Group. This arrangement presents many benefits and opportunities for the WING membership and development of the network in the context of reforms. The Sector Development Team will provide updates about future changes and meeting dates. Thank you to the Leadership Group and network members past and present for your participation and contribution to the growth and development of the network over the years.

More info: Read more about the West Metro Alliance by visiting their website www.westmetroalliance.org and subscribe to the mailing list.


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Partnership and Collaboration

Partnership training for health consumers and staff

Health Issues Centre has a range of training available to consumers and health and community staff throughout 2018. Training offered includes:

  • Workshop: Clinical Governance for Health Consumers
  • Accredited Training: Course in Consumer Leadership
  • Workshop: Co-Production in Health Services
  • Accredited Training: Consumer and Community Engagement

More info: See the Health Issues Centre website for dates and details, or contact Tere Dawson on (03) 8676 9057 or t.dawson@healthissuescentre.org.au with any queries.


Patient preferences for participation in care and safety activities

This journal article examines patients’ preferences on participation in their care and safety activities. Findings include:

  • Patients wanted to be active participants in their care and safety activities by having a voice and being a part of the decision-making process, sharing information and possessing knowledge about their conditions.
  • Barriers hampering participation included power imbalances, lack of patient acuity and patient uncertainty.
  • Patients’ participation in care and patient safety activities seemed to determine whether patients were feeling safe or ignored.

More info: Read the journal article here.


Successfully scaling innovation in the NHS

Traditional approaches to scale and spread don’t always have the outcomes we expect. Taking an intervention that has been successful in one setting and making it work it work in another setting or at scale requires understanding of context and nuance and brings new challenges. Innovation Unit and The Health Foundation have joined forces to understand and share insights about how to scale innovation in the UK NHS.

More info: Read about the research and download the full report here.


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Access & Equity

Statewide Plan for Victoria’s Health System 2017-2037

The Statewide Design, Service and Infrastructure Plan for Victoria’s Health System 2017-2037 provides the planning framework that will guide service, workforce and infrastructure investment in our health system over the next 20 years, including an initial five year implementation plan.

More info: Download the plan here.


West Metro Alliance website is live

The website will be a central hub for information, resources and events for the West Metro Alliance, there is even a simple means to submit issues for the Issues Log that’s submitted monthly to the state and commonwealth.

More info: Visit the new website.


Communicating Risk online module

This 2-hour e-learning module supports clinicians to develop and refine their skills in communicating effectively about the benefits and risks of treatment options with patients. This will help patients and carers understand risks and have the opportunity to be actively involved in sharing decisions. The module, Helping Patients Make Informed Decisions: Communicating benefits and risks, is available to all clinicians and practitioners.

More info: Complete the e-learning module here.


2018 Health Literacy Course

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) is offering a 4-day Health Literacy Course, beginning in May 2018. The course runs over 6 months and is designed to offer organisations the tools and knowledge to build their health literacy practice. Participants learn practical ways to improve health literacy at an organisational, systems and practitioner level. Participants will undertake projects that activate knowledge and benefit their organisations.

More info: Find further information and apply here.


Positive organisational culture linked to positive patient outcomes

A recent systematic review supports the argument that activities promoting positive workplace cultures can enhance outcomes in healthcare organisations. The review found that overall, positive organisational and workplace cultures were consistently associated with a wide range of patient outcomes such as reduced mortality rates, falls, hospital acquired infections and increased patient satisfaction.

More info: Read the paper here.


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Free from Violence action plan

Last week the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP, released the first action plan of Free from violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women. This plan provides the framework to deliver the Victorian Government’s prevention strategy Free from Violence, in response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

More info: Further announcements will be made over the coming weeks, and the full action plan is available online here.


Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan

The plan outlines the Victorian Government’s long-term vision and plan to equip and support workers to prevent and respond to family violence. This includes the specialist family violence and primary prevention workforces and other sectors that work with victim survivors, children and perpetrators of family violence, such as community services, health, justice and education and training.

More info: Read more about the plan here.


Funding to Help Diverse Communities Tackle Family Violence

The State Government has announced $10.5 million for a range of community-led prevention programs and specialist support services, targeted at diverse communities. Grants of up to $150,000 over two years are available, with the next grants round due to open in early 2018.

More info: Read the media release here.


Help shape Australia’s National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026

The Draft National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 is currently open for consultation. The Strategy outlines Australia’s agreed approach to preventing and minimising alcohol-related harms. Engagement with the consultation process is essential to ensure the Strategy will effectively address alcohol risks.

More info: Read the National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 here. Provide feedback on the Strategy by emailing your submission to nationaldrugstrategy@health.gov.au before 11 February 2018.


Economic Development Strategy for the West of Melbourne

This report by the West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance (WoMEDA) makes a series of recommendations about the economic development and jobs strategies for the West. It has a clear focus on employment and is intended to complement other work concerned with the broader development of the region.

More info: Read the report here.


Gender pay gap persists for graduates

The 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey found that while employment and salary outcomes for Higher Education graduates had improved across the country, women continue to earn less than men in almost every field of study. In more positive news, the gender pay gap dropped to 1.9% from 6.4% in 2016 – the lowest recorded gender gap reported in 40 years of undergraduate salary data. The survey forms part of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) review.

More info: Read the whole survey report here.


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For Your Diary

Papers and conferences

ECCV state conference: Workplace rEvolution: Blueprints for a Diverse Tomorrow

The 2018 Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) State Conference will focus on the future of employment in an increasingly diverse Victoria. Key topics include the future of income earning opportunities, the shaping of best policy and practice through partnerships and diversity in the workplace. The conference will be held at Ibis Melbourne 17 – 18 May 2018. Programme to be announced shortly.

More info: Contact Toula Elefsiniotis at conference@eccv.org.au or go the ECCV website.


International Evaluation Conference – Call for Proposals

You are invited to submit a proposal for the conference and/or for a pre-conference workshop. The 2018 Conference theme is transformations. The conference will be held 19-21 September 2018 in Launceston and will be accompanied by two days of pre-conference workshops on 17-18 September 2018. Come and share your knowledge and experience.

More info: Read more about the conference and the call for proposals here.


Diversity in Disaster conference

The Diversity in Disaster conference will be held 17-18 April in Melbourne and will bring together Australian and international emergency services professionals and researchers to help build understanding around the unique risks and vulnerabilities that people from diverse backgrounds face during a disaster. Emergency services organisations, professionals and volunteers, community, health and social services organisations, researchers and representatives from all levels of government are encouraged to attend.

More info: Register for the conference or find out more info on the conference website.


National Medicines Symposium 2018 – Call for Abstracts

The focus of this three-day event will be Population to Personal Health Care: The Future is Now. You’re invited to submit an abstract on one of the National Medicines Symposium 2018 topics. These include: Evolving Systems, Reimagining Policies and Clinical Innovation. The Symposium will be held 30 May – 1 June in Canberra.

More info: For more information click here.


Australian Disease Management Association Conference – Call for Abstracts

The ADMA National Conference committee are calling for submissions for oral and poster presentations. This year’s theme is Engagement and Integration of Chronic Care: Enablement, Empowerment & Activation. The conference will take place 13th-14th September 2018 in Melbourne.

More info: See the conference flyer here.




‘Let’s Talk About Cancer’ pop-up shop

The ‘Let’s Talk about Cancer’ pop-up shop provides a welcoming space for people to come in and talk to one of our friendly, trained staff about how to prevent and detect cancer. The pop up shop is a partnership between North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, Western Health, and the State Government of Victoria, to help reduce the incidence of cancer in our community and increase early detection rates.

When: Tuesday 6 February to Saturday 3 March, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Sunshine Plaza, 324/328 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine
More info:
 For more information, or to order promotional material for your practice, contact George Darroch, Project Manager at george.darroch@nwmphn.org.au or phone (03) 9347 1188.


Family-centred and Strengths-based Practice

Strengths-based practice involves a shift from a deficit approach, which emphasizes problems and pathology, to a positive partnership with the family. This training module run by Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) can help you gain a better understanding of this practice.

When: Tuesday 27 February, 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Melbourne Metropole Central, 44 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Cost: ECIA members $100, non-members $250
More info: Visit the ECIA Vic/Tas website 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 am-5 pm.
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.



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: 17 & 18 April, 9.30 am – 5 pm
Where: Melbourne CBD
More info:
 Go to the Collaboration for Impact website.

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