7 June 2017

Welcome to HealthWest’s monthly 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

New HealthWest Position Statement: “Workforce mutuality in Melbourne’s west”

HealthWest Partnership has launched its newest Position Statement, “Workforce mutuality in Melbourne’s west.” Workforce mutuality describes the extent to which the diversity of an organisation or a sector’s workforce reflects the actual diversity of the community. Workforce mutuality is mutually reinforcing for both the community and for health and community organisations. The “Workforce mutuality in Melbourne’s west” position statement will therefore provide the strategic direction to frame our collective work in workforce diversity across our membership and other partnerships in Melbourne’s west.

More info: Download the position statement here or go to the HealthWest website.


Free Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Training

The North West Metro Region (NWMR) Primary Care Partnerships (PCP) Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Project is offering FREE training to Human Resource staff, Managers, Coordinator and Team Leaders of health and community services across Melbourne’s North West. The training will provide information and support for agencies to develop and implement client and workplace policies in relation to family violence. For more info about the policy templates, visit our website. Training places are available for the following dates:

  • Thursday 22nd June (9.00am-1.30pm) – RDNS, Robinsons Rd, Ravenhall
  • Thursday 27th July (9.00am-1.30pm) – RDNS, Robinsons Rd, Ravenhall
  • HR only: Thursday 24th August (9.00am-2.00pm – Western Health Sunshine Hospital

More info: To register please email Ilana at Ilanaj@inwpcp.org.au with names/emails.


New report: Better Health in Braybrook

In late 2015, representatives from HealthWest Partnership, cohealth, the Braybrook community and Maribyrnong City Council formed a partnership, called the Better Health in Braybrook Project. A number of initiatives were happening around the Braybrook Community Hub at this time, which had a shared focus on health, health literacy and community leadership and inclusion.

The Better Health in Braybrook Project aimed to explore ‘what are the ingredients of a user-friendly and accessible Braybrook Community Hub?’ through a range of assessment, mapping, educational and strategic actions. This report explores the project outcomes and offers ideas on how to explore the issue of health literacy within communities and organisations.

More info: Download the report.


Western Melbourne Cross-Sector Community of Practice

HealthWest and Inner North West Primary Care Partnerships have partnered with the National Disability Service (NDS) to bring you the Western Melbourne Cross-Sector Community of Practice. The purpose is to bring together different sectors to collaborate and exchange good practice to achieve better consumer-directed care outcomes. Using a thematic approach, the network aims to support service providers to successfully navigate multiple service reforms. The upcoming forums will focus on:

  • Promoting self-advocacy in the context of transition (Tuesday 15th August 2017 at 1.30pm – 4pm)
  • Workforce development models, strategies and training options (Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 10am – 12.30pm)

More info: Please download the Save-the-dates flyer. To join our distribution list please email emilyb@inwpcp.org.au.


Health Promotion Network Webinar – Social Media in Health Promotion

The North West Health Promotion Community of Practice will host a free webinar on Thursday 29th June (3-4pm) to support professional development amongst health promotion individuals. Learn how to optimise your social media networks to increase engagement and impact in your work.

Melissa Stoneham from the Public Health Advocacy Institution of WA will be presenting on the use of social media for health promotion programs, the benefits of engaging with social media and the different social media platforms available.

More info: Helen Scudamore on 9248 9662 or helen.scudamore@healthwest.org.au


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

The Question Builder: Make the most of your time with your doctor

The Question Builder is a web-based tool to help people prepare for a visit to the doctor. The tool enables people to build a list of questions they would like to ask their doctor, and consider questions their doctor might ask them. These questions can be printed or emailed to a phone/device for use during the appointment.

More info: More information and a link to the Question Builder can be found here.


Cochrane Review: Decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions

Decision aids are tools that can be used by patients and clinicians to support shared decision making. These tools make explicit the decision, describe the options and help people to think about the options from a personal point of view.

This updated Cochrane Review found that, compared to usual care across a variety of decision contexts, “people exposed to decision aids feel more knowledgeable, better informed and clearer about their values”. Similar improvements in knowledge and risk perception were found when decision aids were used either within or in preparation for the consultation.

More info: Read the Cochrane Review here.


An intervention to improve health literacy among school children

Claims about what improves or harms our health are ubiquitous. A new paper in The Lancet evaluates an intervention designed to teach primary school children in Uganda to assess claims about the effects of treatments. This paper shows that use of the Informed Health Choices primary school learning resources led to a large improvement in the ability of children to assess claims about the effects of treatments.

More info: Download the journal article here. Read about the journal article and its potential impact in the Health News Review.


Ophelia Manual released

The Ophelia approach to health literacy provides a method and supportive tools that organisations, communities and projects can use to systematically identify and respond to local issues of access and engagement. The Ophelia Manual provides a step-by-step guide to using the Ophelia approach. The manual contains:

  • An overview of the three phases of the Ophelia approach
  • A detailed description of steps and activities involved in each phase, and
  • Suggestions for implementation of these activities including indicative time frames for each step.

More info: Read more about Ophelia and download the Ophelia Manual here.


Paper: Shared Decision Making in Australia in 2017

Shared Decision Making (SDM) is now firmly established within national clinical standards and the Australian health sector more broadly. Implementation of these standards and training of health professionals is a key challenge at this time. Consumer involvement in health research, policy and clinical service governance has also increased, with a major focus on encouraging patients to ask questions during their clinical care.

Tools to support shared decision making are increasingly used but there is a need for more systemic approaches to their development, cultural adaptation and implementation. Sustainable solutions to ensure tools are kept up-to-date with the best available evidence will be important for the future.

More info: Read this short article here.


Improving Health Literacy: New Zealand Medical Association Policy Briefing

The New Zealand Medical Association has released a policy briefing on Improving Health Literacy that seeks to promote a shared understanding of what health literacy means, why it is important, and what can be done to improve it.

Improving Health Literacy provides ten comprehensive recommendations that cover each of the four groups represented in New Zealand’s Framework for Health Literacy: the health system, health organisations, health workforce and individuals.

More info: Read Improving Health Literacy here.


Communicating Clearly About Medicines: Proceedings of a Workshop

This US workshop focused on the clarity of written information given to patients and consumers as printed or digital materials. The workshop was organised around presentations and panel discussions that explored the design of health-literate written materials and examples that illustrated implementation of research into the development of these materials.

More info: Read the workshop proceedings here.


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Service Integration

National disability consultation completed

In March 2017′ the Disability Discrimination Commissioner completed a 6-month national consultation to help guide priorities and seek input from the disability community on how to advance the rights of people with a disability. Over 1000 people were consulted across Australia. Priorities identified included employment, education, housing, the criminal justice system, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and violence experienced by people with a disability.

More info: You can read the stories of some of the people consulted in the Disability Discrimination Commissioner’s report: Shaping our future: discussions on disability rights.


National Youth Settlement Framework

The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia) has developed a National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF) to support a targeted and consistent approach to addressing the needs of young people in the settlement context. This is Australia’s first national framework to guide youth settlement policy and service delivery.

More info: Download the framework here.


Settling better: Reforming refugee employment and settlement services

Settling Better: Reforming refugee employment and settlement services calls for a new approach to refugee employment and settlement services. This is the first time the Building a New Life in Australia longitudinal research survey data has been analysed publicly. This report recommends a three-pronged approach to helping refugees settle in Australia by targeting jobs and employment services.

More info: Read the report here.


EOIs for Identifying Family Violence Training

The Women’s Integrated Family Violence Committee have been funded to provide Identifying Family Violence Training across the Brimbank and Melton areas. They are now calling for expressions of interest from organisations and individuals who would like to access the training to enable them to develop the training calendar from June 2017 to February 2018. They are able to offer in-house training for organisations as well as organise external venues where necessary.

More info: Download the EOI Form.


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A toolkit to improve responses to CALD women and children who have experienced family violence

Overcoming Barriers provides practitioners with advice and resources to support their response to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women and children who have experienced family violence.

This toolkit is based on the premise that practitioners will have undertaken training in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence and have an understanding of the Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF). This is critical to ensuring practitioners understand family violence and risk assessment before focusing on CALD women and children’s experience of family violence.

More info: Read more about the toolkit here.


Three ways to be an intersectional feminist ally

Through our partnership model of working with existing women’s rights organisations across the Asia Pacific region, we make it a priority to build and contribute to an inclusive feminist movement. A big part of that means always approaching our work with an intersectional lens, and we continue to learn so much from the amazing people we work with on what it means to be an ally.

More info: Read the article here.


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For Your Diary



Research Launch – Engaging men on gender equality

The Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) together with Graeme Russell and Michael Flood, two of Australia’s leading researchers in diversity and inclusion, has produced a new report called Men Make a Difference: Engaging Men on Gender Equality. The report brings together evidence-based perspectives to recommend how organisations can adopt a more effective approach to engaging men to achieve gender equality at work.

Come to the report launch to hear Michael Flood outline the research findings and DCA CEO Lisa Annese discuss the need for more effective organisational action.

When: 2:00 – 4:00pm Thursday 15 June 2017
Where: The Marriott, corner Exhibition & Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne
More info: Bookings close Monday 12 June. Click here to register.



Collaboration for Impact conference 2017

The Collaboration for Impact conference is for people from all sectors who are leading collaborative change and working to get better outcomes for their communities and organisations. Particularly relevant for people working in health and community services who are involved in cross-sector and cross-cultural initiatives.

When: Monday 17th July – Thursday 19th July
Where: National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra
More info: To register or view the program, go to the conference website.


Australian Regional Development Conference 2017

The 4th Australian Regional Development conference is for regional and remote community development, exploring collaboration and various other factors in a changing world. This conference will focus on considering the ‘State of the Regions Report’ which called for support of regional economic development through diverse infrastructure investments determined by regional priorities in partnership with Local Government. The call for abstracts has gone out and is currently open.

When: Monday 11th – Tuesday 12th September, 2017
Where: Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort
More info:
for more information visit the website.


Primary Health Care Research Conference

This year each day of the Conference will focus on a different theme: Using evidence to drive change; evidence and innovations in PHNs; and building capacity for innovative research.

Registration is available now, with Early Bird Registration closing on 15 June.

When: 7-9th August 2017
Where: Pullman, Brisbane
More info:
for more information visit the website.



Victorian Carer Statement Carer Consultation

Carers Victoria wants to hear from you — help shape Victoria’s future direction to support carers!

This series of carer consultation workshops brings together unpaid carers from the local area to talk about their care roles and their physical, emotional and social needs.

When: Dates range from 8th June to 13th July.
Where: Carer consultations will take place in Sunbury, Werribee, Oakleigh, Dandenong, Shepparton, Traralgon and Fern Tree Gully.
More info:
Get more information about your local consultation here.


Melbourne Metro

Family Violence Intervention Programs – Duluth’s Model

Organised by ShantiWorks, Scott Miller from Duluth, Minnesota (Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs) will be out in late July to present two 2-day workshops in Melbourne on coordinated community responses to family & domestic violence, and working with perpetrators.

When: 25-26th or 27-28th July
Where: Melbourne CBD
More info:
Email eventcoordinator@shantiworks.com.au to place your name on the waitlist. See flyer here.


Movie Night: ‘Call Me Dad – Can A Violent Man Change’

The Australian Health Promotion Association VIC Branch is hosting a special screening of the film Call Me Dad. It’s a story about men who have perpetrated, or are at risk of perpetrating, family violence. These men are followed over several months, as they attempt to change themselves, confront the pain they have caused and take hold of a chance to transform their most precious relationships.

A discussion panel with representatives from key organisations will also be held to discuss the issues highlighted on the film. Catering and networking opportunities will be provided.

When: Thursday 22nd June 2017, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton, VIC (in cinema 4)
Cost: Free for AHPA members (ensure you are logged in before you register), $10 for non AHPA members.
More info:
You can watch the trailer, get further information and register here.


Strengthening Workplace Diversity Workshop

Organisations with a workforce reflective of the community they serve can better meet the needs of that community. The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health are running this workshop focusing on facilitating better workplace diversity.

This workshop will:

  • explore the organisational advantages of a diverse workforce and identify strategies to increase workplace harmony
  • identify how to support employees who use their own language in service provision
  • empower you to acquire strategies to implement a diversity and inclusion program.

When: Wednesday 19th July, 9:15am – 12:15pm
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health, 23 Lennox Street, Richmond 3121
More info:
See details about cost and registration here.



Western region

Info sessions – Integrated Family Violence Services

Women’s Health West are running a series of community information sessions for service providers and community members in Melbourne’s western region, who are wanting to find out more about our family violence services.

When: 23rd May, 25th July, 26th September and 28th November
Where: Women’s HealthWest, Footscray
More info:
See flyer here for more info.


Aboriginal Cultural & Community Training

This interactive seminar ensures participants have a better appreciation and understanding of Aboriginal culture and the issues and circumstances affecting Aboriginal people and communities.

When: Monday 12th June
Where: Carers Victoria, Footscray
More info:
See flyer here for more info.


An afternoon with Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Join Maribyrnong City Council for an afternoon with Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner speaking about local governments, human rights and people with disability – creating inclusive communities.

When: Friday 30 June, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Reception Room, Footscray Town Hall, Cnr Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray
More info:
See the flyer here or register via Eventbrite. For special requirements please contact 9688 0148 or diversity@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au.



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